Today has been 12 days out of his collar!! I’m so happy for him He hasn’t mutilated or plucked feathers! In fact, he has lost 4 flight feathers just through natural molting
And, I can target him all over the inside of his cage and the cage top! Not only that, but he will Step Up on a rope perch without even seeing the treat!!!
I’ve been mixing Harrison’s with his chop, and offering him Greywood Manor Pretty Plume tea from time to time hoping it will help him with the feathers he has still. I ordered the Red Palm Oil, but he’s not shown an interest in that yet.
He even has some pins coming in on his shoulders! Hopefully he’ll leave them alone.
More pins coming in on his shoulders! I so hope he’ll leave them alone. He is offered regular bathing opportunities and misting to try to keep him comfortable. I’m trying to keep an eye on the humidity, too. Who knows? Maybe he’ll have a full set of wing feathers some day
So, I had a cockatiel that was a feather plucked and mutilator as well because he had a calcium deficiency. We tried the e-collar for him for years to no avail. Finally, what I did was I took his measurements and made a type of coat for him. So, I used a raincoat material and I would sew fallen feathers from him and my other birds onto it. I don't think I ever took a picture of it otherwise I would post one for you. But it allowed him the behavior without him mutilating himself. And the plastic was hard and slippery enough that he could never bite through it.
Clever! Unfortunately, I don't think that would work for Opie because he throws such tantrums at anything he has to wear. Something covering his entire torso would probably not work for him. Mostly, I hope he never mutilates his chest again. So far so good!
Opie is definitely molting! I pick up several feather from the bottom of his cage daily, and none of them have been plucked. Some have been over-preened. He is starting to get some red pins on the bends of his wings, and he even has a tiny down feather on one of his legs! I thought it was a piece of food at first, lol!