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Worried about my mini mac

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As few of you know that I adopted my dream bird, Pestaa, a hahns macaw last year. Pesta came from a dealer who didn't know much about his past. After joining our flock, Pestaa suddenly chewed off his long tail feathers and primary feather of wings. After destroying them he became quiet. This January, new feathers emerged. He developed a beautiful tail and started flying also. But in February, again the chewing started. I tried to distract him ,but all my efforts were futile. Now he has lost all his long feathers and seems comfortable. He has plenty of chew toys and loves chewing them. He is a seed junkie, so I give him sprouted seeds. He doesn't get much sugary item. Pestaa is a haughty guy, I don't think he loves me, but he feels that I'm his most tolerable servant. He is not aggressive, just cold and distant.
Now, please guide me what should I do. The bird dealer once told me, his mate died one year ago. Is he still grieving? I don't know providing a mate will increase the problem or not. Hahns macaw are not very common here. Females are more rare. Pestaa has bitter sweet relationship with my OWA. Please give your opinions.
 

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I wonder if it could be hormonal? That's such a strange behavior!
Maybe...sometimes he utters few weird sounds. But what's the solution? And why only primaries are targeted.
 

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He's crippling himself...I can't tolerate that.
 

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That sounds similar to Michael. He has a habit of chewing on the tips of his nails. The veterinarian said that it is not the most common habit, but it is an anxious habit that can become deep seeded and continue indefinitely. Michael came to me doing it, and still does intermittently, but he is very clearly content and not anxious now. To be clear, I am not saying that this is the same thing, and chewing the tips of nails is not as concerning as a flighted bird chewing their primaries, but it is possible that your bird has also developed a habit rooted in anxiety.
 

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I can't help in any way at all I am sorry, I have no experience with mini macs and also no experience with barbering, plucking or any self destructive behaviours in birds.
No worries. I just figured I'd reach out to everyone just in case you'd seen or heard of another Mac doing this.
 

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That sounds similar to Michael. He has a habit of chewing on the tips of his nails. The veterinarian said that it is not the most common habit, but it is an anxious habit that can become deep seeded and continue indefinitely. Michael came to me doing it, and still does intermittently, but he is very clearly content and not anxious now. To be clear, I am not saying that this is the same thing, and chewing the tips of nails is not as concerning as a flighted bird chewing their primaries, but it is possible that your bird has also developed a habit rooted in anxiety.
Thanks Mathew. Yes it definitely can be anxiety related. Pestaa has few OCD behaviors also, like he'll wipe his beak multiple times after touching any object. I wish I could treat his anxiety like I do for my human patients.
 

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That sounds similar to Michael. He has a habit of chewing on the tips of his nails. The veterinarian said that it is not the most common habit, but it is an anxious habit that can become deep seeded and continue indefinitely. Michael came to me doing it, and still does intermittently, but he is very clearly content and not anxious now. To be clear, I am not saying that this is the same thing, and chewing the tips of nails is not as concerning as a flighted bird chewing their primaries, but it is possible that your bird has also developed a habit rooted in anxiety.
Secret chews on her nails on the FRONT but not the rest of them. I always thought the bird was grooming herself but now I wonder if it's just another anxious habit
 

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Secret chews on her nails on the FRONT but not the rest of them. I always thought the bird was grooming herself but now I wonder if it's just another anxious habit
That is what I thought, and I am honestly not sure that it is not, but that is what the veterinarian told me.
 
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