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Morning everyone,

 

Just after some advise re YOYO she was a serious plucker with her first owner and then with her second owner she started to regrow her feathers. Anyway i am her third owner, She came to me with a bald neck and was fed just a seed based diet with the odd bit of fruit. Whilst she has been with me i have intriduced her to new fruits and veg. Some she will take no problems others she just throws out of her dish lol....She is on vit supliments and trying to get her to have plam nut extract but she isnt keen at all. Anyway I have noticed the plucked area she has is now getting bigger and she is reverting to the old plucking habit.  ???

She constantly scratches which seems to be making it more impossible for the feathers to grow back. I really need to stop her from doing this before it escalates so any advice greatly appreciated.

 

Claire xxx

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bless, probably a little stressed having had 3 homes, can the second owner perhaps assist, what was their thoughts as to why she let her feathers grow.did they do things differently, how are the 2 homes different, children, other birds, other pets, left alone for different lengths ot time etc.

its good that you are offering more varied diet, thats really good.

do you bath spray her. do you put anything in her spray water,i use a tiny amount (couple of drops) of glycerine and about a teaspoon of lavender water (the one used for cooking, not ironing!) i know some owners add a little aloe vera to the spray, either has a soothing effect.

 

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spoke to the previous owner she had dogs and children, reason she rehomed her was she would attack her husband. Food wise they just gave her seed and bits of human food and cups of tea/coffee. I havent given her that as far as i was aware caffine isnt good for them. I have children and a dog but no fella haha thankfully!!! I was spraying her 3 times a day with just cool boiled water, i noted on here it recommends yellow listerine so i have been using that at the recommended dilute the last couple of day. Honestly i am stumped as to what the issue is, The other owner worked where as i am a stay at home mum so she get my attention all the time. She seems bright enough she chats and sings and dances, steps up onto me no problem. As soon as she is out of her cage she flys to me for her cuddles  ;D she is such a lovely girl i am just worried about the plucking. STUMPED??

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Hi have not heard of using yellow listerine personally i would recommend spraying once a day with F10 or as Fannyann recommended. Try not to worry she seems to have settled well or else she will pick up on your stress you are doing a great job :)

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Hello Tigerlilly,

It's best to have the bird's general health checked by a good avian vet first. 

If a bird plucks in the company of people, then how *those people* react to the plucking can determine whether the plucking stops or gets worse.  *Unintended* reinforcement of unwanted behaviours is extremely common in pet bird owners.  I would never stay in the same room as a bird who is actually plucking at the  time; but just calmly walk out each time. 

 

In addition, try to keep the bird's beak and brain busy by encouraging her to feed using foraging/chewing/ destructible  toys and if possible, scrap any use of the cage, and have her out most of the day-time, doing things with you and/or other birds. 

 

Cages induce a range of frustration behaviours in birds and should be scrapped really.  Flying birds seem less inclined to self-harm as well, so flight should always be encouraged. 

 

Good luck!

 

 

 

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thank you for all your replies everyone i will put your advice in place and see how she goes, she spends alot of time out of her cage and does have toys in her cage but doesnt bother much with them - i will see if i can get her an appointment with the vet to check her over and go from there. Will keep you all updated and once again thank you xxxx

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Thanks for this topic - just what I need.

 

Ollie Beak has made a "hole" in his right wing, and he's now leaving big grey feathers around the place.  I'm not sure if he's moulting or if this is due to stress (we are moving home, and Ollie has been busy helping sort things out, unpacking boxes as I'm packing them...you can imagine!)

Ollie is 5 now, and has always been such a beautiful birdie with magnificent feathers.  He dotes on my son, so we think Ollie is really a she-bird. 

I shall try the cyder vinegar trick and an earlier bed-time.

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Just a few missing feathers, right in the centre of his right wing.  Downy feathers are poking through the grey so he looks rather scruffy. 

It is nothing compared with the plucking greys in photos here, but I don't want feather plucking to escalate.

 

Ollie came out for a walk the other day (he has a Flying South backpack) and a do-gooder know all peered in and pronnounced "That parrot is bored, isn't it?"

I don't think so!  Not with the life Ollie Beak leads (never alone, free flying at home, living as part of the family, out for a walk daily, a toy box to die for, his own CD collection, not to mention his cooking and baking equipment...!!!!!)

 

Cider vinegar procured from Tescos, and administered for the first time yesterday (diluted as suggested, in Ollie's own china beaker).  He looked a bit quizzical, but that might have been me singing  "Drink up thee Zoider" to him to encourage.  Ollie prefers Sousa marches and G&S so "The Wurzels" might be a bit of a culture shock.

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Hi

 

Just my two peneth Lol !

 

If I was you, I would use water only to spray her, one of my parrots starting plucking and it turned out it was a plug in I had in the house that was causing it, I did take her to a vet who is supposed to be a specialist in parrots, he charged me a fortune, broke 2 of her wing feathers and  took her home and worked it out for myself, he said I would need to see him regular so they could work out her problem :( 

It is probably an idea to get a blood test to rule of any serious problem, but to be honest, I think most birds are at deaths door before you get to see how ill they are :(

 

When I removed the plug in, it took less than a week for her to stop plucking :) 

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hi not been on here for a while as ive been ill, i dont work anymore i spend my days with charlie my 8yr old grey my 3 budgies, a rescue bull mastiff and a pug charlie has always been a nervios bird you cant walk through the room with a box or infact anything he hasnt seen before he goes mental in his cage, he even says as were sneaking stuff in {it all right charlie its all right} he started plucking a couple of years ago now for what reason i dont know,his feathers on his chest grow back red so he pulls them out ive had him to vets and had bllod tests done they all came back normal whilst he was sedated she pulled his wing outwards and he has symetrical red feathers under and above his wing, hes just started to pluck really bad again hes moving down his legs, i have a rescue pug but ive had him over a year so its not the dog he has plenty of toys i make him toys but he freaks out i shredded some material and tie it round his toy he loves it, if i get him anything new i cant put it near the cage he has a swing from the ceiling. he has harrisons food he eats tea with us he wont touch peppers fruit only the core of a apple to pull pips out, im out of ideas he talks fantastic he knows his phone no his address hes very clever and seems happy but this plucking is upsetting me i feel like its my fault the only thing thats changed is i stopped smoking 4 mth ago i know you shouldnt where you birds are but i did smoke in room not a lot as i have grandchildren now can anyone help any advice i will try as ive always used parrot link for advice.

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