Posted 24 March 2007 - 06:37 PM
Posted 24 March 2007 - 09:05 PM
Posted 24 March 2007 - 11:27 PM
Birds need sleep or they are nervous and irritable. Follow a strict natural daylight schedule imitating what it's doing outside. As the days get longer she is up more and vice versa. In the winter we have 10 hour days so they sleep 14 hours on the longest day of the year in December. I'm talking the NOrthern Hemisphere if you are in the Southern then reverse it.
What is a mix food?
I agree she should see a vet, follow a good sleeping schedule, also dont give water from the sink use distilled for drinking, food and bathing.
ALOT of things cause plucking but you start with the vet, diet and basic husbandry things. Sleep, bathing, a good schedule..
Most Ekkies who pluck are taken off pellets. Sweet potato/yam has also been indicted as contributing to feather problems, so no sweet potatoes.
Google Laurella Desborough she's excellent. Another site is Land of Vos but it seems not to be too updated. Still very good.
Posted 24 March 2007 - 11:36 PM
Is that 1/2 spacing on the cage bars? Too small. You want more like an inch.
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Posted 24 March 2007 - 11:40 PM
thank you for your help guys, I wont be keeping her up with me now, must admit i do have her out a lot of an evening time.
Alot of people do. But it's really not the best. If you work, then you have to make adjustments but try and follow the natural schedule as much as possible. I get home at 3:30-4 pm and my birds on their OWN want to go to sleep by 6-7.
It's better to get up with her in natural daylight in dawn, start her routine, which means by 30 minutes later she will want to be eating. And that's her her day starts.
If necessary you can fake the lighting with curtains and dimmers on a small lamp on the floor but it's not so good. And she should be sleeping in a dark room no tv, computer, lights , people talking etc. A cover isnt really enough.
Hopefully she just needs a couple of adjustments especially food.
What is the mix, though? Seed mix? What's the name of it if we'd recognize it?
Posted 25 March 2007 - 02:53 PM
Can anyone help me please. I have homed an eclectus parrot this week and she has come to me with hardly any feathers. Her feathers were starting to grow back, but I have got home today and found a piece on her back totally bald and the feathers in the bottom of her cage. I really want her to be happy with me, can anyone suggest what I could do to stop her from plucking herself please.
I agree with what Cindy, Monica and the others have said. Proper Ekkie diet and proper daily direct natural sunshine (or proper F.S Lighting as a second choice) is essential IMO & IME. Lots of toys and human interaction (for mental stimulation) is necessary also IMO & IME........ I also believe full flight in a safe enclosure would benefit but that is JMO (witch a few others may share) on that subject.
Posted 25 March 2007 - 10:15 PM
OK good for the shower that a good start. Don't cuddle her dry too much especially if she DOES have feathers and down, let her air dry it's a bird thing they need to do. BTW only bathe early in the day so she can dry. You might also have bleach or soap residue etc on the towels so I'd stop the toweling unless you do a final rinse of hot hot hot water on the towels or even boil them (be careful lol).
Also I would not use aloe vera until you see what's going on. She may completely stop on her own once you get everything straight. Or she may have a bacterial or some other kind of infection or allergy.
Use cool distilled water. Second choice is a shower in the bathroom but then the minerals and chlorine and stuff gets on her and can be a problem. No warm water it dries out the natural oils. Most birds love COLD.
And I would only use a collar as a last resort because of open wounds not plucking. Alot of birds pluck their whole lives (not saying she will) but they dont wear collars 24/7 forever.
Posted 26 March 2007 - 06:02 PM
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