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Here’s to the birds with imperfect feathers!!

Elizabeth

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Giving a shoutout to the birdies with imperfect feathers and their caretakers!

There’s a lot of shame around feather-destructive behavior and it’s easy to feel like you (and your birds) are less-than if they aren’t in perfect feather. I expect too much of myself and of them. And my anxiety probably makes it worse!

My newly adopted eclectus came to me barbering his flights/tail and plucking under his wings. My green cheek plucked when I suffered a major illness a few months ago and is still wavering.

I am on top of it with both birds (vet, diet, the usual) and I’m *not* looking for advice in this thread. Reading what worked for others can get discouraging when you’re struggling.

Here are my two green boys! They’re still beautiful, and I’m still a good bird mom!

Pictured are Cosmo raiding my cockatiels food dish for seed and bender looking for a new way to make trouble!

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You definitely are a brilliant bird mum :heart: and they are gorgeous
 

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Shame? Who?
I have only seen thread asking about or things to try . I find this community very supportive to birds with feather destruction, from minor to naked .
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.I purposely chose to show off her bare neck .
My Penny was also a feather destruction birdies . She would use her foot to pull and twist neck feathers so she could pull out . She has a bare ring all around her neck with the worst being in the front here. Sometimes she let all come back in ,, then started the ring again
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I miss you so much , my sweet funny birdie
 

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Phoebe was over preening and clipping the edges off feathers at pet store, this is her when I first brought her home , she also has removed a few from shoulder tops but I don't have pictures that show because other feathers mostly covered it. Phoebe really was so stressed and disliked pet store life..I've not noticed in other pet store quakers I have seen. They are such individuals in response to stress . For her this has completely resolved, but when there is stressors in the household she does some ritualistic pulling of feathers on shoulder tops , so it's possible she could return to this . Sorry it's blurry, but you can still see the clipped edges
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I really hope you have not encountered shaming here on AA.
 

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There are no "shame" threads on here.
No no shame at all here, although I’ve seen it on other forums.

And maybe I’m projecting the shame piece to some extent. I worry so so much about their health and happiness. It feels like I’ve failed them, but I know freaking out is only going to make it worse!

My green cheek will get better I think. He last plucked when I had another major illness (gallbladder ) and then grew back. He started plucking before I knew I was sick, then stopped once I recovered from surgery. That was 2015 and he didn’t pluck again until recently.

This time I had ulcers that hospitalized me. I worry sometimes that I might still be sick since he’s lingered on the plucking this time. Follow-up endoscopy next week.

My ekkie will just need time I think. He’s 22 and was at the rescue 5 months. He came home 2 weeks ago. The rescue is also a vet and has seen Cosmo his whole life, so I think we are in good hands.

Whatever the case, I need to remind myself more often that they are well-cared for and loved.
 

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No no shame at all here, although I’ve seen it on other forums.

And maybe I’m projecting the shame piece to some extent. I worry so so much about their health and happiness. It feels like I’ve failed them, but I know freaking out is only going to make it worse!

My green cheek will get better I think. He last plucked when I had another major illness (gallbladder ) and then grew back. He started plucking before I knew I was sick, then stopped once I recovered from surgery. That was 2015 and he didn’t pluck again until recently.

This time I had ulcers that hospitalized me. I worry sometimes that I might still be sick since he’s lingered on the plucking this time. Follow-up endoscopy next week.

My ekkie will just need time I think. He’s 22 and was at the rescue 5 months. He came home 2 weeks ago. The rescue is also a vet and has seen Cosmo his whole life, so I think we are in good hands.

Whatever the case, I need to remind myself more often that they are well-cared for and loved.
I'm sorry you're having health issues. I hope s comes back clear in your follow up!!
I have only had minor ulcers with my chohn's but sure wasnt fun , also has that helicobacter infection with them..
My gi doc finally put me on the medical cow immuneoglobin, it's a powder you mix with water and tastes like cow snot lol, but was so helpful for me, when nothing has been working.
 

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I can’t believe no one tagged me about this :roflmao: I must have made 30 posts when I first got Isadora, because of her barbering issues, which unfortunately have come back. She makes me INSANE with her shoulders

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thankfully it’s still nowhere near as bad as it used to be when I first got her

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And Facebook groups.
I have heard horrible tales from people who tried to seek help on facebook :(

Here is our Jaime, who recently passed away, he would pluck around his neck and tail,
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I don’t really have any pictures of pico his were hidden quite well my rest of his feathers but he plucked his back tail and legs
 

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you can see it on his back in these pictures he had plucked from his neck down back but he left a few feathers that covered it his tail was bare under wings and start of his tail
 

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I can’t believe no one tagged me about this :roflmao: I must have made 30 posts when I first got Isadora, because of her barbering issues, which unfortunately have come back. She makes me INSANE with her shoulders

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thankfully it’s still nowhere near as bad as it used to be when I first got her
Question, the color of skin around beak has gone from black to white/grey...is that a hormonal change?
 

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Question, the color of skin around beak has gone from black to white/grey...is that a hormonal change?
I think that was actually just a trick of the light
 
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