1. AGPC ™ Home
  2. Parrot Articles
  3. African Grey Forum
  4. Parrots For Sale
  5. Parrot Rescue Centre
  6. AGPC ™ Blog
  7. Parrot Shop
  8. Contact Us

Feather Plucking

10% Discount in The Online Shop
  • December 12, 2017, 02:45:05 AM
  • Welcome, Guest
Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
Advanced search  

News:

Pages: [1] 2 3   Go Down

Author Topic: Feather Plucking  (Read 2642 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

sean2606

  • Hatchling
  • *
  • Reputation: 0
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 49
  • Parrots Owned: Peaches
  • New To The Forum
    • View Profile
Feather Plucking
« on: August 29, 2014, 09:00:33 AM »

Hello All,

I don't know if you remember us but Peaches is the one who had to have her wing amputated due to a tumor, (had to re-register again due to change in personal circumstances) she has been doing well till the last few weeks. She has started plucking her feathers of her wings  :cry2: and nibbling on her nails. I have attached 2 pics of her wings, its not the long feathers but the fluffy kind of ones. She tends to pull at her nails as if she is going to rip them off but luckily they have not bled. Can anyone please advise. I have bought a bitter spray from 99p shop and sprayed her wings this morning hoping that that will stop her from pulling any more out  :cry2:
Logged

jules

  • Regular Pro
  • Jabbajaws
  • *****
  • Reputation: 79
  • Offline Offline
  • Gender: Female
  • Posts: 6345
  • Hatch Date: 27.01.07 & 21.07.01
  • Parrots Owned: Jasper and Xavier cags 💜
    • View Profile
Re: Feather Plucking
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2014, 03:02:55 PM »

Hi sean, yes I do remember you and peaches. She is looking good I think despite her disability. Nail biting is said to be a nervous trait, I know jasper doe sthis occasionally and also when they're getting a bit long. Have you checked peaches nails?

I'm not sure if the bitter spray would help really, not for skin? I thought it was more for use on furniture and stuff, sorry if I'm wrong. Maybe try some aloe vera in her spray water, you could also let her drink some as it will help on the inside too. Keep an eye on her in case she makes her skin sore. Could she have some itchiness around the scar area on her wing I wonder, bless her she is lovely Sean x
Logged

Mandi

  • "whats one more..."
  • Administrator
  • * Head Pecker *
  • *****
  • Reputation: 465
  • Offline Offline
  • Gender: Female
  • Posts: 28625
    • View Profile
Re: Feather Plucking
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2014, 03:20:42 PM »

Hi Sean and Peaches :)
It could be the time of year that's causing the pluckin
I know a lot are havin the same 'problem'
I'm used to it with mine after 5 yrs of the same thing so I know it's nothing to worry about
Hope peaches is well other than that , xx


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
Logged

Whatever your doing today, do it with a smile and remember, there are thousands of people who would want to be in your shoes

i smile cause you have all finally driven me insane!

sean2606

  • Hatchling
  • *
  • Reputation: 0
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 49
  • Parrots Owned: Peaches
  • New To The Forum
    • View Profile
Re: Feather Plucking
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2014, 03:29:30 PM »

Thanks for the reply Jules & Mandi,
She has learnt the hard way that she cant fly by falling off her cage and stuff i guess that's due to her being imbalanced too. Her nails i trim regularly as soon as i can feel them poke me when she climbs up to my shoulders.
The spray i bought from 99p shop in the pets section and the instructions says to spray it on the feathers where she tends to pluck, I did this morning will check up on here when i get home. Think she tends to do it when I am at home and not paying her any attention.
Logged

jules

  • Regular Pro
  • Jabbajaws
  • *****
  • Reputation: 79
  • Offline Offline
  • Gender: Female
  • Posts: 6345
  • Hatch Date: 27.01.07 & 21.07.01
  • Parrots Owned: Jasper and Xavier cags 💜
    • View Profile
Re: Feather Plucking
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2014, 03:50:50 PM »

Possibly so Sean especially as she can't fly to you.

Does she have extra stands or a have tree so she can still sit and be near you, one that you could move around for her? Is around her cage padded too? Check the ingredients on that spray as (not being funny) with it being cheaper it might not be suitable :)
Logged

sean2606

  • Hatchling
  • *
  • Reputation: 0
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 49
  • Parrots Owned: Peaches
  • New To The Forum
    • View Profile
Re: Feather Plucking
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2014, 08:58:03 PM »

Thanks again Jules
I do have a large stand , with a spiral sisal rope. As soon as i am home she is out of the cage I have noticed she starts plucking if i turn my back on her, especially when I am eating and havent shared with her so i have to quickly find her something to eat.
This has just started recently in the past 2 weeks.
For some reason the bottle doesn't have the ingredients on it so i better stop using it as it is it hasnt made a difference as peaches was plucking again this eve. I have attached a pic of the bottle i purchased.
Logged

Mandi

  • "whats one more..."
  • Administrator
  • * Head Pecker *
  • *****
  • Reputation: 465
  • Offline Offline
  • Gender: Female
  • Posts: 28625
    • View Profile
Re: Feather Plucking
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2014, 09:09:30 PM »

Sean try aloe Vera gel in water for a soother spray
You can buy the gel in holland and barrat
Let us know if you get some and we'll explain how concentrated you'll need it :) x


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
Logged

Whatever your doing today, do it with a smile and remember, there are thousands of people who would want to be in your shoes

i smile cause you have all finally driven me insane!

LynnP

  • Jabbajaws
  • *****
  • Reputation: 68
  • Offline Offline
  • Gender: Female
  • Posts: 2533
  • Parrots Owned: Bobby Gizmo & Charlie
    • View Profile
Re: Feather Plucking
« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2014, 08:41:40 AM »

Im planning on getting some of the aloe vera gel today, can u let me know how much to use to make a spray mandi? X
Logged

Mandi

  • "whats one more..."
  • Administrator
  • * Head Pecker *
  • *****
  • Reputation: 465
  • Offline Offline
  • Gender: Female
  • Posts: 28625
    • View Profile
Re: Feather Plucking
« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2014, 03:56:00 PM »

Lynn it's I think about a cap full to a small spray bottle
When you spray it on your skin it shouldn't be sticky x x


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
Logged

Whatever your doing today, do it with a smile and remember, there are thousands of people who would want to be in your shoes

i smile cause you have all finally driven me insane!

sean2606

  • Hatchling
  • *
  • Reputation: 0
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 49
  • Parrots Owned: Peaches
  • New To The Forum
    • View Profile
Re: Feather Plucking
« Reply #9 on: August 31, 2014, 12:55:17 PM »

Hi Mandi

Thanks for the advice. Have just bought some aloe vera gel will spray some on her and see how it goes. How many times should I spray her with it?
Logged

greenfield10@karoo

  • *Old Cynic*
  • Regular Pro
  • Jabbajaws
  • *****
  • Reputation: 74
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 9109
    • View Profile
Re: Feather Plucking
« Reply #10 on: August 31, 2014, 02:56:01 PM »

 We spray ours daily but Lynn /Sean  don't forget to give the spray a good shake before you use it as we find the gel sinks to the bottom a bit :cheekywink:
Logged

sean2606

  • Hatchling
  • *
  • Reputation: 0
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 49
  • Parrots Owned: Peaches
  • New To The Forum
    • View Profile
Re: Feather Plucking
« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2014, 05:35:47 PM »

Hi Mandi
The liquid itself is difficult to spray even though I poured some of it onto hand to check the consistency think I need a new spray bottle. As for today I had to end up pouring some of the liquid onto her wing directly from the bottle. Hope thats ok to do.
Logged

sean2606

  • Hatchling
  • *
  • Reputation: 0
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 49
  • Parrots Owned: Peaches
  • New To The Forum
    • View Profile
Re: Feather Plucking
« Reply #12 on: September 01, 2014, 04:43:53 PM »

Luckily peaches hasnt plucked any feathers today theres none on the cage floor phew but this is todays pic of what shes been upto  :cry2:
Logged

Mandi

  • "whats one more..."
  • Administrator
  • * Head Pecker *
  • *****
  • Reputation: 465
  • Offline Offline
  • Gender: Female
  • Posts: 28625
    • View Profile
Re: Feather Plucking
« Reply #13 on: September 01, 2014, 07:04:29 PM »

The pattern of her pluckin shouts 'hormonal'
My coco plucks her shoulders too
Just make sure you don't tickle below her head , esp straight down her back
Sometimes there's nothing you can do but we can put everything else in place so you don't get eggs x
Logged

Whatever your doing today, do it with a smile and remember, there are thousands of people who would want to be in your shoes

i smile cause you have all finally driven me insane!

sean2606

  • Hatchling
  • *
  • Reputation: 0
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 49
  • Parrots Owned: Peaches
  • New To The Forum
    • View Profile
Re: Feather Plucking
« Reply #14 on: September 01, 2014, 07:47:50 PM »

Thanks for your reply Mandi. Now that caught me by surprise. When you say put everything in place what does that mean. Please help im new to all this
Logged

Mandi

  • "whats one more..."
  • Administrator
  • * Head Pecker *
  • *****
  • Reputation: 465
  • Offline Offline
  • Gender: Female
  • Posts: 28625
    • View Profile
Re: Feather Plucking
« Reply #15 on: September 01, 2014, 08:12:55 PM »

Just the routine
12 hrs daylight, 12 hrs darkness
No strokin below head
No nesting facilities
Xx
Logged

Whatever your doing today, do it with a smile and remember, there are thousands of people who would want to be in your shoes

i smile cause you have all finally driven me insane!

sean2606

  • Hatchling
  • *
  • Reputation: 0
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 49
  • Parrots Owned: Peaches
  • New To The Forum
    • View Profile
Re: Feather Plucking
« Reply #16 on: September 01, 2014, 09:12:26 PM »

Hi Mandi
Thanks for the info, I do Have the UV lamp on from 8 to 8 as for a nesting place she has none so thats a relief. Might sound like a silly question but what's the reason for not stroking her head? How long does this last for and will she stop plucking her feathers and new ones grow?
Logged

Mandi

  • "whats one more..."
  • Administrator
  • * Head Pecker *
  • *****
  • Reputation: 465
  • Offline Offline
  • Gender: Female
  • Posts: 28625
    • View Profile
Re: Feather Plucking
« Reply #17 on: September 01, 2014, 09:26:53 PM »

You can stroke the head, just no where else :nono:
It's sexual stimulation so very unfare :(
Her feathers will prob grow back but a lot of hormonal birds will pull them out again
My coco is 21 and been bald for yrs


She's happy and healthy, we just abide by all the rules iv said :)


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
Logged

Whatever your doing today, do it with a smile and remember, there are thousands of people who would want to be in your shoes

i smile cause you have all finally driven me insane!

sean2606

  • Hatchling
  • *
  • Reputation: 0
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 49
  • Parrots Owned: Peaches
  • New To The Forum
    • View Profile
Re: Feather Plucking
« Reply #18 on: September 01, 2014, 09:46:56 PM »

Thanks alot for the explanation Mandi. Coco looks like a darling. Will make sure I still to the rules you have listed. Was just really worried about peaches.

Thanks again Mandi
Logged

Mandi

  • "whats one more..."
  • Administrator
  • * Head Pecker *
  • *****
  • Reputation: 465
  • Offline Offline
  • Gender: Female
  • Posts: 28625
    • View Profile
Re: Feather Plucking
« Reply #19 on: September 02, 2014, 09:51:34 AM »

Darling ?? :rofl:
She would take the flesh from my bones :panic:
Logged

Whatever your doing today, do it with a smile and remember, there are thousands of people who would want to be in your shoes

i smile cause you have all finally driven me insane!
Pages: [1] 2 3   Go Up