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  1. Sfnegron

    Feather plucking

    hello everyone. It's been a wile I didn't write here. As some of you remember I'm a parent of one beautiful quaker named Pickles. He is 1.6 y/o now. He is a happy bird but two months ago he started to pluck his feathers. I had tried everything, avicalm, no more plucking sprays, vitamins, new...
  2. mango2016

    Goffin Cockatoo

    Hi, I'm mostly new here. I have adopted a sweet 10 yr old Goffin Cockatoo. He is the most lovable and gentle thing ever!... He loves my shoulder and loves to feather pick when petting or just sitting on you at anytime, he has a few bald spots has been to the vet had a great bill of health, all...
  3. Whoviana

    Preening out feathers

    Sunflower has lost about 10 feathers today while preening. We watched her do it and she looks like she's preening normally, but some of her chest feathers are coming out. The feathers don't look damaged or bloody, but there is a noticable area on her chest where her feathers are not as full when...
  4. Atomiklan

    Self-mutilation

    This is probably going to be a very difficult question to answer as I am looking for a deeper analysis, ie a deeper look into the thought process of a bird who plucks and then goes to the extreme and self-mutilates. I am curious what every one believes is the ultimate drive for this behavior...
  5. C

    Is this plucking ?

    Hello everyone. My blue and gold macaw , Bella , is 8 years old. She's been pulling out these half grown in feathers (see photo ) im concerned that this is plucking, or wondering if it's just painful feathers growing in that she pulls out and over grooms. Any insight would be good. Worried...
  6. Julimonster66

    Pictures CAG Mom

    Hi Fellow Birdpeople, I'm a "mom"/caregiver of 2 CAGs: Zabar, 52, who was rehomed to me and my husband almost 3 years ago. He's blind in one eye, missing a couple of end toes and cannot fly, possibly due to pinioning? This February, Scarlett/Strawberry joined us. She was living in a closed down...
  7. GabeCast

    How long can a Large 'Too be left alone per day?

    I've been researching cockatoos on and off for almost two years now, trying not to just be one of those people who think "They're so cute! I want one!" and just buy the bird on the spot and having it be unhappy and eventually being re-homed. I have a full time job (40-45 hours a week) and a...
  8. Conner's Mom

    Plucking-Behavior or something else?

    I'm looking for your experience with plucking. We took in a 21 yr. old CAG and he had plucked every feather within his reach. I took him to a top avian vet, who put him on Allergy Shots. No change in plucking after 6 months. I feed him organic food and he's settled in to our family nicely...
  9. taxidermynerd

    Possible plucking?

    Hi, all. A little bit ago, I was looking at Chirp while he was on my finger, and I noticed he's missing some feathers near his vent. He also seems to be missing some on his chest, but unless you move aside the top ones gently, you can't tell. My dad is out at the moment, but when he get's back...
  10. A

    Green Cheek Plucking at Night

    Hi everyone, I’m wondering if anyone can help me with a feather-plucking problem I’ve been having with a green-cheeked conure who is a bit over three years old. Background: I got him and another bird (a black-capped conure, also approximately three years old) from a man who no longer wanted...
  11. C.Harris

    FREE Captive Foraging Resource

    Hi there, years ago some people associated with Harrison's Bird Foods produced a great (in my opinion) DVD video called Captive Foraging. Captive Foraging is a powerful form of enrichment and now Harrison's has discontinued the DVD and made it available - for free - on YouTube. I am not...
  12. BatmansWife

    Paranoid Grey owner

    Hello! We have a 5 month CAG named Gotham . We've only had him for a month and a half. We feel he is adjusting extremely well and is pretty fearless. One of the biggest things I'm worried about is plucking. Whenever he's preening I constantly question if it's too much. Only found one of his...
  13. M

    Cockatiel feather plucking (scratching with beak) back feathers

    A while ago she was laying dozen eggs but she has stopped. I'm now seeing her scratching (with her beak) the back feathers mostly. I think it's called "feather plucking" but she's not bald or have bare skin. I have seen some feathers on the floor and on the cage. And, one or two feathers still...
  14. Nimily

    Urgent African Grey Bald Spots - Worried

    Hello everyone, About three and a half years ago, I was given the most amazing opportunity (because of these forums) to adopt my African Grey Henry. Henry is now 14 years old, and has only plucked once in his life during a time of distress many, many years ago (literally he plucked for one day...
  15. Kima

    Me and my rescue Quaker

    Hi everyone, I'm new to this forum and am finding navigation a little challenging compared to some I've belonged to before, but will try my best to learn its streets and avenues :) My love affair with birds started 3 years ago when I got my darling little parrotlet Charlie who unfortunately...
  16. mochiballs

    Need Help with plucking

    I've never posted but have stalked this site for a while. Yesterday, I somehow ended up with a Gold-Capped Conure who is most likely going to be named Maccha. He's almost completely plucked, with only feathers on his head and a tiny bit on his wings. It doesn't make him any less adorable. I...
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