I was going to say molting too! That tail feather (assuming) looks like he may have backed into something. I had an issue last winter w/ Buddy jamming his tail into the cage because he didn't want to step up & leaned back to tell me "No" w/ out biting. The perch was @ a weird angle @ the time. The only other thing I can think of is maybe a humidifier near his cage but they look like it was a break on how the barbs on the weaved inner workings of the feathers mesh together not humidity to me.oh good, glad its not plucking. He has lost his left wing feathers, and I see 3 growing in.
You can start anywhere but the place is probably to have him step up. I am saying on a perch or you but w/ you my concern is him biting & riping you up or worse, going for your hand, wrist or fingers. If you can't control him in an emergency then he may get hurt or killed (like a fire). I know you don't want to push him past his comfort zone but... In these situations it's critical... Which is the 2nd thing I taught Buddy. The 1st was teaching him about allowing my hands into his nest cage.
After I taught him to step up & down, & turn around we worked on getting in & out of the travel cage for transport to the vet. Good thing too because he when got to the vet he had a salmonella infection in his mouth. He was acting off just a few days before the appointment, I didn't even know @ that time how fast a bird could die from something as simple as this type of infection. Now I know & if Buddy ever acted off he'd be into the vet alnost immediately.
I've never used a clicker w/ Buddy he works w/ me using verbal cues like Awesone, Excellant, Good boy! With the addition of sunflower seeds & other treat incentives. I know most hear use a clicker but I got Buddy 25 years in & I know my Dad gad used a training perch when he was young. I believe there was a clicker on the table but I'm not positive. Although Buddy barely says anything he has a fantastic understanding of the english language, I got lucky w/ him being an Amazon. Paco isn't thought to be as old but being a Grey, you may be surprised how well he understands. (I didn't really know how much Buddy understood till I trained him).
Find some really good Yummy's & have at it w/ Paco. Just try to be consistent w/ times to start. I do Buddy's stuff after dinner before bed. There's a few hour span in there. After you 2 understand training time = him working then you can do it when ever but to start try to make it as close to a scheduled thing as you can. Keep in mind if he's very food motivated you may have to do it before a meal then later add in the verbal praise w/ less treats.
No you don't! I think we all sound sort if odd talking to our parrot's. When Buddy & I eat I ask him if it's "Yum Diddly Dum!" Too much Simpson's when Buddy 1st came. Darn Flanders (the Simpson's next door neighbor).goodies, Yum yum" LOL lordy I sound silly.
My Blue Fronted Zon used to lay on his back on my left arm. He liked this but when he saw the nail clippers he would tuck his head between the buttons of my shirt and hide. He would then scream so bad you would have thought I was pulling his claws out not trimming them.@Rain Bow I know we will have to learn toweling. One time my daughter and I toweled Bugsy my zon in order to trim her nails, never did that again, the screaming was horrendous. Is there a specific tutorial that you would recommend. The meds I have dispensed are eye drops in a parakeets eyes, and intramuscular injections in the breast of a cockatiel, trust me that was an adventure, however they were smaller birds.
Thanks for the reminder that is something we will need to work on.
Just keep up what your doing and everything will fall into place. Of course there will be set backs.Happy dance, we are now stepping up and NOT biting. I am now taking him to my bed and letting him explore the other side of the room. He grinds his beak at night now. Such a happy sound and I can now reach in his cage and retrieve his locked water bowl with no bite. Great progress, it has been a year now.