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Strange looking back feathers
« on: November 22, 2017, 11:21:43 PM »

Hi I just adopted a 22 year old CAG who has been cage bound for over a year. Can you take a look at his feathers are they ok? The previous owners never Bathed him and and his toys were all hanging at back level I think it's just from not having enough room to preen properly and the toys constantly rubbing his back. what do you all think?


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Re: Strange looking back feathers
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2017, 08:53:16 AM »

I can't tell if he's nibbling his feathers, looking at those pics, it's probably just dirty feathers, will he accept being lightly sprayed?

Mandi here has experience of pluckers and chewers she'll be able to help :)
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Re: Strange looking back feathers
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2017, 12:32:29 PM »

He just came to live with us so I didn't want to push spraying yet.. how many weeks should I wait, I really don't want any set backs to our training.


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Re: Strange looking back feathers
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2017, 02:24:46 PM »

you're right to be a bit concerned about spraying him. A good way to introduce it is get a spray bottle on very fine mist, spray him once, then leave it a couple of days and do the same thing, when he's not bothered by it, give 2 sprays and again in a couple of days.

Once he's realised it's not scary he may well accept it. Some never do though, my girl doesn't like being sprayed but if i take her to the kitchen and put the tap on really lightly she sits on the drainer and runs underneath. Also taking them into the bathroom while you shower creates steam and he may accept that.
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Re: Strange looking back feathers
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2017, 04:18:05 PM »

you're right to be a bit concerned about spraying him. A good way to introduce it is get a spray bottle on very fine mist, spray him once, then leave it a couple of days and do the same thing, when he's not bothered by it, give 2 sprays and again in a couple of days.

Once he's realised it's not scary he may well accept it. Some never do though, my girl doesn't like being sprayed but if i take her to the kitchen and put the tap on really lightly she sits on the drainer and runs underneath. Also taking them into the bathroom while you shower creates steam and he may accept that.
Im hoping to be able to take him into the shower eventually. That seems like the simplest way to me.


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Re: Strange looking back feathers
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2017, 05:02:12 PM »

Yeah I find that easiest too :)
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Re: Strange looking back feathers
« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2017, 05:37:46 PM »

Hi :)
It just looks like over preened feathers to me
Did they smoke around him ?
He could do with a good spray and probably a avian UV lamp
I also see what looks like money/peanut shells at the cage bottom
These  really ainít good for him , infact they can be deadly
Best to stop givin them

Congrats on your new family member
Your gonna have many years of fun x x


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Re: Strange looking back feathers
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2017, 02:05:02 AM »

I'm taking him off the peanuts. He ate a lot of them at his last home (he came with a 5 lb bag) Iv used them to bribe him a few times.


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