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Re: Feather Plucking
« Reply #20 on: September 02, 2014, 12:11:56 PM »

 :rofl: She looks like butter wouldn't melt, does she have a favoured person?
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Re: Feather Plucking
« Reply #21 on: September 02, 2014, 02:51:55 PM »

She likes Karl Lynn, but very cage aggressive , she has bitten so many toes :(
We work round it but she is one of the most difficult we have :panic:


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Re: Feather Plucking
« Reply #22 on: September 02, 2014, 04:29:26 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?
Hi you have been given good advice :thumbsup:
 All I would add to it is make sure she cant get any hanging toys on chains on her back :nono: . We used to get up in a morning & our hen used to have her big bell either on her back or on her head :panic: . Yes I know theres a funny side to it :rofl: but all the time there doing that there stimulating themselves :secret:
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Re: Feather Plucking
« Reply #23 on: September 03, 2014, 05:06:02 PM »

That does sound amusing lol. Just shows how intelligent they are at working their own ways around things . Thanks for the extra tip greenfield
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Re: Feather Plucking
« Reply #24 on: September 03, 2014, 09:46:43 PM »

Peaches will be fine Sean I'm sure. It could be hormones for her or,  as thought before to get your attention, must have been the extra attention she had after her operation :)

What you could do too is let her east past the same time as you, so if you're cooking yourself something in the evening say, do something for peaches too. I do this for jasper, it makes life easier as then she's not after mine, which means less mess and I can have sauce on my chips  :biggrin:
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Re: Feather Plucking
« Reply #25 on: September 04, 2014, 09:42:47 AM »

Peaches will be fine Sean I'm sure. It could be hormones for her or,  as thought before to get your attention, must have been the extra attention she had after her operation :)

What you could do too is let her east past the same time as you, so if you're cooking yourself something in the evening say, do something for peaches too. I do this for jasper, it makes life easier as then she's not after mine, which means less mess and I can have sauce on my chips  :biggrin:

Thanks for your reassuring message Jules. A lot has changed since her operation my wife and myself have split up so I guess that has effected Peaches too. She has been fine since we have separated which is almost going to be a year all this has just started recently.

As for where eating is concerned I always make sure that i cut some fruit for her but while i am eating she isnt interested in the fruit at all but wants what I have in my plate but it is not always the case that she can have that, if its like rice or bread then I leave some in her bowl for her to eat.

I am just hoping her feathers grow back, as it is she has one short wing and now seeing her with the bald patches makes my heart bleed  :cry2:
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Re: Feather Plucking
« Reply #26 on: September 05, 2014, 09:49:29 PM »

Sorry to hear of your break up sean, things will get better for both of you x

I know you can't share everything but try peaches with different things and she'll soon get to know when its meal times. Cook her scrambled eggs and toast, or rice with sweet potato. Tonight I cooked jasper some spicy noodles bought from Scarlett's, she seems to like them better than the sweet ones. I had fish so I cut some off of mine for jasper to go with the noodles :)
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Re: Feather Plucking
« Reply #27 on: September 06, 2014, 08:00:08 PM »

Thanks for the well wishes Jules. I didnt know it was ok for parrots to eat fish. Will try that today as I have fish for dinner.  Think I am going to get her checked by a vet next saturday. Will check scarlets website for some more food ideas. I dont cook much for myself as I tend to buy readymade meals but I dont think that would be too suitable for her.thanks once again.
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Re: Feather Plucking
« Reply #28 on: September 07, 2014, 12:07:59 PM »

We have a Severe Macaw called Harley who is over bonded to me and suffered a lot of abuse and different homes before he came to us. Despite all that he was feather perfect when he came here.
I`ve had him 7 years now, he always plucked a tiny but, but not so you would really notice, mainly under the wings. In the last 5 months he`s plucked all up his left side of his tummy and leg, under his wing.
He had bloods and x rays with our avian vet and he`s very healthy.

I despair too, he`s with me all the time, wants for nothing, has a good diet etc. I do appreciate how hard it is.

Food, you could try the sweet or Spicey noodle mixes on our website. Put a bit on your plate so your bird thinks they`re having what you are having.
Harley does get human food every day, even a piece of Yorkshire pudding or a bit of pizza, it`s mostly things like rice, pasta, scrambled egg etc but he has to be part of the family!
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Re: Feather Plucking
« Reply #29 on: September 08, 2014, 05:27:28 PM »

Hi Scarlett, Thanks for the message, i used to have peaches on my bed while watching tv and she wud sit up on my chest or shoulder and let me scratch her, now im scared of doing that since shes hormonal and i miss that bond with her  :cry2: and she does too  :cry2:

I think i will take hre on saturday for definite just for a piece of mind.

Is there any discount from your website for being a member on here scarlett?
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Re: Feather Plucking
« Reply #30 on: September 08, 2014, 05:49:21 PM »

There isn`t I`m afraid, but our prices are kept as low as possible, in fact some of the lowest around and we pride ourselves on stocking exclusive products and giving a good service.
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Re: Feather Plucking
« Reply #31 on: September 08, 2014, 09:47:14 PM »

Yeah I'd be surprised if you can find cheaper than Scarletts Sean :)
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Re: Feather Plucking
« Reply #32 on: September 13, 2014, 06:47:31 PM »

Took Peaches to the vet today, was told that there is no certain reason as to why parrots pluck their feathers, but the vet was taken aback with the way peaches had plucked hers off her shoulders.
I did tell him about the hormonal thing and he said it could be but there is no way to be 100% sure, so was advised to have an xray and some bloods then just to rule out arthritis. The xrays came back showing a bit on inflammation in her bones which could be due to her plucking and there was a bit of zinc in there too which i didnt really understand how did the zinc get into her bones but he said it could have gotten in with some grit.

He had also advised me about some implant to be inserted which will help her with her hormones if it is whats causing her to pluck herself, but she would need about 16 hours of darkness for the implant to be effective. since i work 9 -5 and she doesnt eat till i get home, i didnt think i would be able to give her the 16 hours of darkness so refused to have the implant inserted. the blood test results should be in by the following week hoping all will be ok  :crossed.

New feathers seem to be shooting up from the place she has plucked herself though but hope she doesnt end up pulling them off too.

She is one expensive bird  :laugh: cost me 393.00 today but my lil baby is worth every penny  :cheekywink:
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Re: Feather Plucking
« Reply #33 on: September 13, 2014, 07:07:20 PM »

Zinc could be from metals from old toys, keys, etc which could be classed as toxicity.

My Grey plucks her shoulders too and Mandi's Coco does so it can't be that unusual.

Dave will be able to advise you on the hormone impact as Tim has one :thumbsup:

I'll swap my 600 vet bill for your 393 :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:
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« Reply #34 on: September 13, 2014, 07:08:05 PM »

When you get the blood results back, tell your vet you want a print off :thumbsup:
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« Reply #35 on: September 13, 2014, 07:55:25 PM »

Will certainly ask for a printout, how do you get rid of this zinc?  has anyone heard of this implant thing and does it work?
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Re: Feather Plucking
« Reply #36 on: September 13, 2014, 08:07:09 PM »

Sean If the zinc is low it will flush through the body by itself as long as the cause has been removed
In my peaches case this was household keys the petshop gave her to play with x
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« Reply #37 on: September 14, 2014, 02:31:21 PM »

Zinc could be from metals from old toys, keys, etc which could be classed as toxicity.

My Grey plucks her shoulders too and Mandi's Coco does so it can't be that unusual.

Dave will be able to advise you on the hormone impact as Tim has one :thumbsup:

I'll swap my 600 vet bill for your 393 :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:

Yes that's right Soo :thumbsup: we had an implant fitted in Tim& yes it stopped her plucking & yes it stopped her egg laying :thumbsup: .But as it wore off it frustrated her coz she couldn't lay  when she wanted to till the implant fully wore off.
Having said that although we didn't have the implant refitted she has never laid multiple eggs ever again :nono: just single ones .To me its like our vet told us the other week about the R leaves. What works for some doesn't always work for others but you have to give these things a try at times
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« Reply #38 on: October 03, 2014, 02:11:38 PM »

Finally got both results back, her white blood cell count is a bit low and luckily the metal is pretty small and no toxic and will hopefully be flushed out of her system naturally. He has prescribed her some antibiotics and some other oral solution. Peaches is still plucking her soft fluffy feather off her shoulders and now the under part of her wing is completely bare  :cry2: Attached is her blood test results
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« Reply #39 on: October 09, 2014, 02:23:41 PM »

This is how much she has plucked off in a few days  :cry2: :cry2: Besides the aloe vera mixed with water spray is there anything I can use to ease her plucking?
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