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charlie had chewed his wings,tail and back as well as his chest, and Marion got the vet to pull some tail feathers but he would not pull the wing feathers, which i did when he came to me, this was to help them grow back as he was left with quills everywhere with no feathers on them.

 

I do not recommend that people pull their birds feathers out themselves, this is not something that should be undertaken lightly.

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i think the reason freddies took so long to grow back was because he had snipped leaving the shaft behind which obviously had to grow out first, was the first time i had been glad of him moulting

oh bless him

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Im not surprised to have to report that freddie has had a really big snipping session again as many as before and more, i have no idea what triggered it this time but i have been kind of expecting it, the strange thing is our female budgie has done the say except she plucks not snips, oh well 2010 starts with freddie in his underwear lol

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Hi everyone, i'm adding my experience of our new little african grey that i was given a week ago on Sunday. Dear little thing is about twenty years old, has been owned by a lady for fifteen years and in that time has never been out of his cage (apart from one escape when his cage got blown over and she grabbed him with oven gloves and shoved him back in). When i'd asked what he ate i was told sunflower seed and chips! He is plucked all down his left hand side front, all around his neck and down his back, oh and left leg as well. Apparantly he's been plucking since she had him. I brought him home and he sat there terrified and shredding any feathers he could reach. For the first few days i just spoke to him gently and gave him little pieces of boiled egg, cheese, sweetcorn and other bits of food. After three days he started responding and talking and whistling, seemed not scared at all, so i opened his cage and left the door open. After about an hour he ventured out and sat on the stand on top, spent about an hour out and then went back in.

 

The next few days saw him gain in confidence by the hour, i've had him for nine days now and he is a different bird, he is on my shoulder right now, he flies to wherever i am and loves snuggling down in the evenings on my lap, lets me stroke him all over and sucks my fingers, i love him so much already, feels as if i've had him for years.

 

Regarding the plucking, i am just keeping my fingers crossed. After the first day when he was just terrified, i haven't found any feathers and there are little down feathers coming though in patches - plus some top feathers, i seem to count them by the hour.

 

In his cage i have replaced all the dirty horrid perches with calcium perches and fresh branches ( husband is a tree surgeon which is very handy for twigs and branches), i've hung bunches of twigs all around, put some new toys in and a constant supply of boxes to shred.

 

Diet wise, he gets sprouted seeds and pulses in the morning, plus a small amount of egg, lunchtime he gets a cake that i make for my birds, which contains oats, sesame seeds, grated carrot, more sprouted pulses all mixed in a cake mix. In the evenings i let him have some parrot mix and some sunflowers, along with whatever vege/salad we are having. I also add a drop of apple cider vinegar to his water.

 

He (we call him he because the lady did, when i get a feather or two i will send of for sexing), seems to have settled so well and i do so hope his feathers will return - though i will love him regardless because he is so lovely. Makes me so mad when birds are so neglected. The lady who had this little bird - i am calling him Austin as he was just called Parrot before, so he has become Austin Parrot, was a very heavy smoker, not having a dig here as i have the odd one outside, but she smoked constantly inside and this must affect him. When he arrived his baldness had a lot of dry skin flaking off, i give him two showers a day and it seems to be completely clear now.

 

I have read all the other posts and ask that if anyone has any other suggestions to help him not to return to plucking, please do let me know. Our lovely macaw that we took on about a year ago did also pluck, but she has the same diet and touch wood hasn't done it again. They both have plenty of time outside in our day aviary - taking turns - so plenty of sunshine and both can fly beautifully.

 

Sorry if i have gone on a bit, just trying to list everything i am doing to aid little Austin and hope if anyone has any other suggestions that they let me know. I will post some photos when i work out how.

 

Thank you.

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You seem to be doing everything possible :lol: Sometimes it is just enough to remove them from their situation and that is enough.Other times you can try every thing to no avail they are happy pluckers :lol: Sounds like Austin has been removed from a situation in which he was unhappy and now he is happy so he should stop if he has not damaged feather foliculs excuse spelling :lol: Pictures of your feathered family would be great

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Just one more thought - Austin does a lot of crouching down and gentle flapping of wings - any ideas if this is female behaviour? I am intrigued to know whether he is in fact a he. As soon as i know i will be looking for a mate for him. I miss keeping birds so much and can't tell you how much our two parrots and three cockatiels mean to me. I first started about twenty years go, i had a fantastic collection which i built up, i let the birds parent rear in the main because i wanted to have captive bred breeding stock in years to come. Things went so well and i was lucky to have pairs of scarlet macaws, blue and golds, eclectus, amazons - three types and greys and others - in total i had 56 wonderful birds. For eight years i collected, looked after, put every spare penny into aviaries etc etc., then came home one day to find the whole family stolen. It broke my heart and although the police were called, none of them ever came to light.

 

From then on i decided i could never go through it again, but now we live in a different country, have comlete privacy and lots of room and i am ready again. We are now setting up an association (charity) in France in an effort to take in poorly treated birds and to try to help where i can. Out here birds are very very expensive and even though they are sometimes very poorly looked after they are just sold and sold on and on. There is a beautiful amazon in a garden centre which i pop in to see most days, he is for sale for 2000 euros, can't imagine they will sell him but i am so concerned about him, every week he looks sadder and sadder, his tail feathers are in an appaling state and i can't bear it. I have written a letter in my best french which i dropped in to the store last night, asking if they would let me have him. Probably come to nothing but never say never, if i had the money i'd buy him today but i haven't. His diet is seed only and the bottom of his cage is about three inches deep in droppings and old food. Disgraceful.

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About loading pics direct, when you post a reply, you should see an "upload pic" option to the right of the text box.

 

If you follow the instructions, you should be able to post directly.

 

And, judging by the shape of Austin's head, I'd guess she was a girl :P

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For eight years i collected, looked after, put every spare penny into aviaries etc etc., then came home one day to find the whole family stolen. It broke my heart and although the police were called, none of them ever came to light.

 

 

How absolutely dreadful :shock:

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So Austin may become Austina! Harris the Macaw was a he but is now officially a she, so i try to call her Paris. She loves my husband to bits and flies through the house if she even thinks she hears him, takes showers with him and lovingly reguritates in his ear. She tolerates me - i am the one to feed her, talk to her, clean her cage and spoil her rotten but she'll only come onto me if she hasn't got a better offer. Little Austin(a) loves me, dislikes my husband but i have had a feeling he is a she from the moment we met. Can't wait til we can find out and then i can look for a friend for him/her. When we do find a bird/birds that need a good home with us we are going to drive back to the UK to collect them to try and minimise the stress. Can't wait to add more to our family.

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Just one more thought - Austin does a lot of crouching down and gentle flapping of wings - any ideas if this is female behaviour? I am intrigued to know whether he is in fact a he.

That sounds more like an 'I want' type of behavior. Keep an eye on when he does it, it could be maybe wanting something you've got, or wanting to come to you. He looks very much like my Emma, I would actually go for Female looking at the pictures. Emma had a simular history as well, she is plucked too, still does, but sometimes you cant break the habit of a lifetime. Nowadays, I do all I can to offer the right foods, the right interaction, and if they are happy but still plucking so be it. We cant beat them all. x

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