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Scruffy guy
« on: February 08, 2014, 09:17:07 AM »

Hey guys.

Birdyman is doing well, his biting had calmed down, we have managed to deal with the noises but still one issue is getting worse..

He is so scruffy!

His tail feathers are shredded, his outer wings are shredded (to the point of some only have the centre core of the feather and nothing coming off of it!

And his bald patch is getting worse!

We have had him to the vets twice about all of this  bald patch was put down to his chicken scratching at the bottom of the cage (he rubs his head on the cage as he does it) and the feathers were over preening..

I have since added the UV light, supplement to his food, aloe vera spray, more showers etc.

I have just bought a load of plucking/preening toys (which look like his feathers so hopefully will try wrecking them not himself!

Any suggestions?

I'm worried this could lead to plucking? He is only about 7 months old and hasn't really moulted yet, the odd feather here and there (and quite a few tail feathers in bottom of cage but I think that's him pulling them!)

Is this just a baby thing do you think?

Hope you and your feathered friends are all well.

Jamie :)
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Re: Scruffy guy
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2014, 11:48:49 AM »

They do get very scruffy sometimes if they play rough etc, and as you say he's not moulted yet so that could be due. Did the vet say the feathers look chewed? They should have been able to tell so  they didn't mention it's probably normal. I know my Yvie's tail feathers look scruffy at the minute. Does he still get lots of out of cage time?
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Re: Scruffy guy
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2014, 12:28:55 PM »

Tbh, I'm not 100% sure the vet I used was as avian trained as the practice made out!

Over preening was the words used. I will try and get some pictures but he enjoys chewing my phone so that's not easy! Lol

He sits on the sofa with us and have him in the kitchen quite a lot too
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Re: Scruffy guy
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2014, 12:33:59 PM »

They can't say it's an avian vet if it's not, if it wasn't you should really get him checked again, better safe than sorry
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Re: Scruffy guy
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2014, 05:40:58 PM »

All mine have gone through the scruffy tail n flights stage
It's just active play x


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Re: Scruffy guy
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2014, 07:22:15 AM »

http://www.allcreatureshealthcare.co.uk

This was the vets I used. I had to travel 50minutes to get there too to the same advice my local general vet charged me 30 to hear.. He is just overpreening..

If that's the case I'm happy..

I'm sure I know what the bald spot is, when he chicken scratches he burgs his head in the corner of the cage of the metal! I put a bit of wood there but I think that mad to rough too..

Any ideas on something he won't chew to bits bit will be padded for his head?
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Re: Scruffy guy
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2014, 06:15:15 PM »

Jamie can u add a perch low down to stop it ?
Or a basket of toys ?
Does he look that scruffy ?
R u showering regular n a soak to skin once a week ? X


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Re: Scruffy guy
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2014, 06:59:32 PM »

He has sat here cleaning himself for the last hour :(

He has been soaked in the aloe mix pretty much daily. How often should I shower him? He hates it so the best I can ever do is just put him under it quickly which soaked his feathers but not sure if it reaches his skin?

Will try the perch trick!
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Re: Scruffy guy
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2014, 07:02:18 PM »

I actually just watched him chew his tail feathers :( I tried to distract him but he just goes back to it.

He looks really bad, seems perfectly fine in himself but looks a mess and unwell!
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Re: Scruffy guy
« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2014, 07:05:42 PM »

Just found these when cleaning him out too.. The ends are sharp and feel like they have been snapped off :(

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Re: Scruffy guy
« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2014, 07:08:28 PM »

The red tail looks moulted
The grey one I'm not so sure of
But they do look over preened

Jamie what you usin as a spray
Stick to clean water only as some things leave a film on the feathers

Also do Uou have a radiator nee his cage ?
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Re: Scruffy guy
« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2014, 10:33:21 PM »

It's some aloe vera stuff that was "prescribed" by the vet (it was off the shelf, they just prescribed it)

Just showered him, noticed when drying him that only his top layer of feathers are wet. His skin is bone dry still! He won't fluff up in the water to let any in :(

His bald pitch.. It's looks horrendous when wet :(

(The vet doubled this in size by pulling out a sample to test, then he flapped and blew them away so she pulled more out) :(

My poor baby :(

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Re: Scruffy guy
« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2014, 10:40:08 PM »

Also, there is no sign at all and never has been any sign of him having any new feathers growing :(
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Re: Scruffy guy
« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2014, 12:10:44 PM »

Jamie

I hope you don't mind me saying.... but if you are going to bath birdyman try to do it early in the day preferably morning rather than at night, it takes a long time to dry out and you don't want him going to bed wet / damp and getting a chill x
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« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2014, 01:05:34 PM »

Our house sits at around 23 degrees in the room he is in so he dries off really quickly. We use soft towels to dry him most of the way anyway. But thanks for the advice, I will do it in the mornings in future.

Any tips on getting him totally wet not just his out feathers? He used to fluff up so it worked but now he just flattens his feathers and it's like a shield to water haha
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« Reply #15 on: February 12, 2014, 01:24:09 PM »

Jamie will he go in the human shower?
This is the only way I can soak mine x


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« Reply #16 on: February 12, 2014, 01:44:14 PM »

That's what I try, low power and luke warm, put him on my hand and try place him in.. He used to go in buy now he will flap and get away from it!
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« Reply #17 on: February 12, 2014, 02:35:30 PM »

I put all mine in the bath bottom x


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Re: Scruffy guy
« Reply #18 on: February 14, 2014, 11:31:20 AM »

There would be blood everywhere if I tried that haha. He wouldn't have any of it :(

I wish he would leave his tail and wings alone! :(

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« Reply #19 on: February 14, 2014, 07:03:12 PM »

Jamie I dnt believe he is chewing ,it looks like rough play
Iv seen a lot of baby greys the same
My Casper was like if for years as he is a acrobat in his cage x


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