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BH Pionus bites body feathers off during winter

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She bites the tops off of her feathers, showing the fluff underneath. I have been able to postpone this activity by extra humidity near her cage and play area. Worse during mating season. Any one else have this problem? Suggestions?
 

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She may be plucking in anticipation of laying an egg. Make sure she gets 12-14 hours of sleep a night, no soft warm foods, and petting only on the neck.
 

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Hello Linda, Welcome to the Avenue! 1.welcome signs.gif

It´s always a good idea to have a vet consult whenever barbering arises. Sorry I can´t help more. I hope you find a solution.
 

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Gosh, I'm sorry, I meant petting only on the head and neck!
 

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:welcome2: Linda!

That's great that more humidity helps. Hopefully it is seaonal, but I would definitely have a vet check that there are no underlying physical problems since Feather Destructive Behaviour in Pionus is not common.
 
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