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ellenmargret

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The oil gland?
« on: September 18, 2016, 09:33:27 AM »

Hi all!
So my Bella is still plucking herself. I got her a lamp and have been giving her time and space to just settle with us and see if the plucking stops. She has been with me for almost two years now. The two years before that she moved like 4-5 times between homes and that really messed her up i'm sure. She is a part of our family now and we will not give her up just like that but I don't how I can make sure she knows that.

Anyways. Since everything is so good for us apart from the plucking I've been thinking if it might be something else than stress. For one, it could be nutrition. She gets harrison pellets and I try to give her some veggies and fruit everyday but she often doesn't want it. Now I'm starting to be more efficient with it and we always take 15 minutes in the evening where we both eat our veggies. I've realised that she does at least try them out if I cut them in really small pieces and hand feed her. Then when she eats them I'm all like "great Bella! what a hero you are!" So now she likes cucumber, tomatoes and the yellow corn beans but she doesn't like red bell pepper lol. I've stopped giving her fruit for now since she likes that more and it's sweet and I don't want her to think she can just eat the fruit. Is that wrong of me?

Another thing. There is one other thing that might be wrong. Her feathers are pretty dull. Around her oil gland the feathers are a mess! She doesn't pluck those feathers off but they turn in every direction and are so messy. About taking baths, she doesn't really like getting wet everywhere. She just likes to bathe in her drinking water but then she never gets wet on top, just the chest and feet. So occasionally I spray her everywhere even though she's not a fan of it. her feathers usually look better afterwards. BUT when I do this, she gets SOAKED right away, is that normal? When my budgie, Júlla, bathes it takes a long time to get soaked because the water always just goes right off. I don't have another AG to compare her with so I ask you. Is it possible that her oil gland is in some way messed up?

Thank you so much, I'm thankful for this forum :)

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Re: The oil gland?
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2016, 01:53:35 PM »

You should read Alan Jones book the retired avian vet .
He quotes that over his many years in practice he often found that some of the pluckers he dealt with were the best looked after birds .
To me your doing nothing wrong and like many of us on here your trying to right the wrongs of what other people have done to Bella before you!!!
How old is Bella ?
I ask you because besides what she's been through in her life if she's been a hormonal plucker or laid eggs this often turns to habitual.
Re the spraying,if she doesn't like it stand on a chair above the cage ,set the spray on fine mist and let the droplets just fall on her from a height so as not to shock her .We use a drop of aloe Vera in the water spray too to smooth any sore areas .
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Re: The oil gland?
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2016, 09:25:57 PM »

How long has Bella been with you? Now you have the lamp for her (and budgie too) I think you'll notice a difference in a few months with her feathers and preening, maybe she'll always pluck but overall appearance Bella might seem better. Showering or bathing will help her preen and use the gland more. I noticed this with Xavier, he came to me in February and to start with I didn't notice him preening alot or using his oil gland, but after a few showers he seemed to use it more x

With fruit for Bella you could still give it as a treat, say Sunday mornings or tea time. Berries, pomegranates, and a bit of melon are said to be better than just grapes and apple :)
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