Feathers clipped, now extreme feather plucking..
Posted 26 September 2011 - 05:16 PM
Now I just got her wings and nails clipped. Next day, I found her plucking out her feathers, today its even worse going from all around her neck, down to her chest, and now I just saw she plucked
feathers out of her legs....
Is there anything I can try? This feather plucking crap all started when the vetenarian put ring around her neck so she wouldn't pick her infection, but now she plucks her feathers out..
Posted 26 September 2011 - 08:30 PM
1 1/2 day later:
Her cage, the only thing not in there is her Millet Seeds I usually put in.
Shes on me right now, still picking and plucking. She's also been very quite.
Posted 26 September 2011 - 09:10 PM
As for the cage, I'd really have to recommend removing the mirrors (more so if she shows cage aggression) and to give her more variety in toys!
Such as shreddables...
http://foragingforparrots.com/ (lots of great ideas!)
And toys that make noise! (look for toys with bells, acrylic parts, etc)
Providing her with more toys may help... you may also want to give her bathes every few days to every day. You may want to consider adding aloe vera into her bath water every 2-3 bathes that she gets (so there's not too much build-up on her feathers), and you can also look into sprays such as Pluck-No-More (herbal spray) or Soother Rain (aloe vera spray), or supplements such as Featheriffic and Avicalm. (to be used together)
Wet birds don't typically pluck, and busy birds are typically too busy to pluck! Having her outside in her cage for 30 minutes or so per day (making sure that she's supervised when out, and has shade, if need be) may also help.
If she still has the infection, or if she's allergic to something, the above suggestions may not help much.
Posted 26 September 2011 - 09:24 PM
Posted 26 September 2011 - 09:35 PM
As far as toys go, I have bought Kiwi sooo many toys, tried getting her to play with them so many times, and 95% of the toys she could care less about. However, almost EVERYTHING else out of the cage she loves. (besides birds toys,lol) Almost every bird toy I have bought, wether inside or outside the cage she just doesnt care for. Also, for the mirrors thats her favorite thing in the world, I could never take that away from her and she doesn't show any cage aggression at all. You can put your hand in there, pet her, pick her up,put her in the cage, she isn't territorial about it one bit.
Sorry about confusing you about the egg part, the eggs were about last year when all this started happening with her. She never ever plucked her feathers, but she did get a bad infection from laying the eggs and was over preening like crazy. Doctor put the collar on, then she picked all her feathers out around the neck. Now everytime the feathers are like 99% grown in, she will pluck them all out.
BUT this time, it happaned after the wings being clipped and now she picked her chest and legs. The pics actually seem to cover up a bit more, in person she looks worse than what you see in the pics.
Excessive Hormones??? Hmm.. well she always wants to go in shirts,nest and mate...like..all the time...is the hiding in shirts a mating trait?
Yeah I just ordered
AviX Sunshine and Booster
and a few more toys.
We clean her cage, she gets baths all the time, heck if I leave my water cup unattended she will jump on it, drink some water then bath herself .
I also have a wide variety of food for her as well..but shes picky with that as well..she throws away almost half the food on the ground.
Posted 27 September 2011 - 03:34 PM
Posted 27 September 2011 - 08:31 PM
Excessive preening is often a precursor to plucking and if she was excessively preening right after the eggs last year, then it is likely hormone related. It costs nothing to try out giving her long nights, it's worth it to try and see if it helps her.
Started that last night, added toys and so far only found like 2-3 feathers today. So I'll def be putting her to sleep much earlier. I'll update this thread in like 2 weeks let you all know if ti all worked!
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