This Sure Isn't Anything New- Feather Plucking
Posted 03 February 2012 - 05:44 PM
What else does anyone know about what I might do? I read about a soothing spray with aloe and some other oil for the skin but can't remember where the article went to, does anyone know about this or have any success stories?
I know that this subject has been over and over but this is really not only hard on my bird but as I already said, it hurts me. Dennis
Posted 03 February 2012 - 09:52 PM
PEEPY (FORMERLY SKY) - BLUE PACIFIC PARROTLET, ♀, hatched 7-7-7
RUBY - GREEN WINGED MACAW, ♀, hatched 8-22-7
I'M BUD, ♂, hatched 5-7-48
Posted 03 February 2012 - 10:39 PM
If this is right and she is over-preening, I would think this comes from excess of energy. I try to keep her busy but understand that a big bird like this would love to be flying around in the rain forest. I've been thinking a lot lately about what and how much I feed her, she loves to eat and it is my personal make up that causes me to make sure my animals have all they want to eat. I might be giving her too much but don't know how to cut back correctly. How can I divert some of this energy she uses for preening to something else? Lately we've been buying nice (new) boxes at Walmart, about 8"X8" and putting anything inside that rattles around, this is one activity that helps for fifteen minutes or so. By the way these boxes are plentiful and reasonably cheap about $.48 each. if any one else is looking.
A little about what's going on in our birdcage, I mean house... We have 12 winged children, 10 are rescues. It can be a little noisy in here. These guys are my life and take up most of my days. Our actual children don't like us very much any more, their jealous of the birds! They all know that they will never have to change homes again. (the birds) n Dennis
Posted 03 February 2012 - 11:42 PM
Back to water: I find if I bathe them DAILY with cool water they rarely mess with their feathers. I use a pump up garden sprayer. I am distracted right now so will come back and add more to this important thread later.
Posted 05 February 2012 - 03:29 PM
One thing that I've heard that helps is to get a large container (at least 1' x 2' and 6" deep, give or take?) and fill it with clean rocks. Then, add in some treats and favorite toys. Be sure your macaw can see some of it!
You can also try offering natural safe branches for destruction. Phonebooks are great!
The following website has a bunch of great ideas for foraging and keeping parrots busy!
If she can fly, then you may want to consider finding some place you can take her to fly in. Libraries, small warehouse that's clean, or some other large building without much going on inside it. That can take care of the exercise part of things.
You might also try training incompatible behaviors and get them on cue - aka clicker training.
Posted 05 February 2012 - 03:38 PM
Posted 07 February 2012 - 12:26 AM
i realise i had been busy and have not feed him enough oil base food and fruits. i feed him mostly on pellet and think it should suffice. the pellet stated more then 60 ingredients. other thing that i notice is he do not play with his toys anymore.
so what i do is:
redo the whole cage set up. alot of chewing toys. initially he have never been keen to any chew toys, accept his own feather. so i dril a fit hole on wood branch and shaft in almond. he spent whole day chewing off the branch to get the almond.
he doesnt have food all day long. i feed him twice a day. so i totally change the dinner to fruits or vegetable.
i feed more nuts and palm oil seed too to ensure he get the right amount of fat. he also get alot of almond during training.
i also feed more sprouts as source of protein to encourage the chewed and pluck feahter to regrow.
thankfully now the feather start coming back and he leave it alone
Posted 07 February 2012 - 01:29 AM
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