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Feather Barbering Advice please!
« on: October 24, 2016, 11:31:57 AM »


This is my first time of being on a forum but I am in desperate need for help and advice.

My African Grey, Zazu, has started feather barbering for nearly a month now.
I was doing major renovations so I moved him to another house with myself and my fiancée we had been staying there for 8 months and he was completely fine. 2 weeks before we moved back to our house he started feather barbering (so while he was still at the other house) now I have him back at my renovated place and I can't get him to stop doing it.

I have taken him to a bird specialist twice since this has happened and he has been tested for everything and he  is in perfect health. He gets a range of veggies and fruit and gets fed a mix of Roudybush, Zupreem, Vetafarm and tropimix - I do not feed him any seed.

I have made many foraging toys for him and also bought them, I roatate his toys every few days and hide nuts in certain parts of his cage for him to find.
He is out of his cage at least 6 hours of the day and is getting 12-13 hours sleep a night.

He had completely barbered his red tail and his back is now bald, I am beside myself and have not stopped crying as he has started on his wings tonight.

He turns 3 in November and is my best mate.

I also shower him once to twice a week and then blow dry him as he seems to eg cold very easily. I spray him with a water mister a few times a day (he doesn't like the mister).

I have tried ignoring him when he is doing it, comforting him, using a rope at the bottom of his cage and pulling it when he does it (recommended by the vet) and I have also tried distracting him with toys, music, cuddles everything.

I really need advise please I am so distressed as I can't seem to help him.

I also have the bird specialist doing a house visit on Thursday but I feel like I can not wait that long.

Thanks so much guys for any advice given he is one very loved bird and is my everything!!!


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Re: Feather Barbering Advice please!
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2016, 12:08:41 PM »

Hi and welcome from me
I am the mummy to 4 feather pluckers/ barberers
All are healthy , it's just something they do
Do you use a avian sunlamp ?
It really is a must , along with helping feather condition it help them see correctly and also converts the calcium they need .
You know he trigger of this behaviour And to be blunt you may never undo this
Has the vet offered medication ?
Zylkene helps a lot of birds and can be bought cheaper on the net
What about a bird collar whilst she grows back her tail and wings (my peach wears one regular)
You can also use a aloe Vera spray a few times a week to help sooth skin whilst she is growin her feathers
Good luck and keep us posted xx

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