In the wild, parrots live in the tropics and subtropics where they are exposed, every day, to very humid conditions. Humidity is important for healthy skin and feathers. The lack of humidity can result in dry flaky and itchy skin which will irritate your parrot companion and can lead to feather plucking.
Low humidity can also dry the sinus cavity of your parrot. Signs to watch for include: sneezing, continual scratching of the nostrils, and frequent shaking of its head.
The optimum home humidity level for parrots is between 40-60%. This level gives the appropriate amount of moisture without encouraging mold and mildew growth.
Some suggestions for increased humidity include:
- Maintain a bacteria free humidifier.
- Mist your birds daily.
- Place your bird in a closed bathroom with a hot shower running.
If you use a woodstove or fireplace to heat your home then be aware that this depletes the air of humidity. Placing a pan of water on your stove will add moisture back into the air.