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Plucking himslef after 17 years!
« on: July 01, 2016, 10:38:44 AM »

Hi We have an African Grey named George who we have had for 17 years and he has been and still is the center of our family and too intelligent. However over the last few months he has been plucking the feathers from his legs and now started on his chest.

He has never done this before in all the years but now does it, he is let out and allowed to climb and play outside but still does it. We even bought the spray to stop him but he ignores it and carries on.

What do you think would cause it? We love him so much and are so concerned.
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Re: Plucking himslef after 17 years!
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2016, 11:20:33 AM »

Hi I'm sorry this is happening with George.
It would perhaps help if you could give us little more information about his lifestyle.
What is his diet ?does he have a UV light,?is he definitely a male?and anything is you can think of to tell us like have there been any changes in his life of late?
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Re: Plucking himslef after 17 years!
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2016, 12:59:45 PM »

You've ruled out health issues i'm assuming? If not that this the first port of call, get him to an avian vet to make sure there's no underlying illness.

If that's all clear I would look towards his environment or your lifestyle, it seems that something has changed that has upset him.

new job/hairstyle/furniture etc, anything like this can upset their world.

As Dave says also give us some info on diet etc.
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Re: Plucking himslef after 17 years!
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2016, 03:05:25 PM »

Hi

Many thanks for your replies, George is certainly healthy, the only new thing is his life is that we recently built a large conservatory and he lives in there now. He is out 50% of the time and when in can see all the birds in the garden. Would this be the problem? he sings and plays and seems happy thou.

On diet, he over the last 17 years has eaten the same things, he ONLY likes monkey nuts and not pellets or the dry food. We supplement with vitamins but he does eat all and any fruit and vegetables, favourites being grapes and watermelon. We found him sugar cane and he loves that (serious energy boost) as he was fed with this when he was a baby back in Africa.

So would it be the conservatory and if so will he eventually settle down?

Many thanks for your help and support.
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Re: Plucking himslef after 17 years!
« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2016, 04:16:22 PM »

I would say it's definitely the move to the conservatory that's upset him, it depends where it's placed too, if it's glass all round him he may feel very vulnerable exposed on all sides, no where to hide.
One thing I can't stress enough, you have to get him off the monkey nuts, they can be fatal as they can hold a spore which causes aspergillosis. All of us have had birds that love monkey nuts, they are like sweets to them but you have to try & swap for almonds or walnuts, these are both safe.

You can get them to change what they eat, it's purely a battle of wits & you need to be the strongest
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