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NEW CAGE...NEW PLUCKINGS. HELP NEEDED!
« on: May 25, 2015, 07:47:28 PM »

Hello everyone, i feel like i'm alone with this dam plucking. She was fine until she was introduced to her new cage yesterday. She plucked her chest with her old owner, but now my baby has a sore patch under her neck.  :cry2:
I misted her today, but she hates that. I feel so awful and guilty please help with any advice to stop this plucking. I know it's stress, for both of us. She needs a vest or hoodie but i'm too scared to put one on! I hate seeing her like this.
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Re: NEW CAGE...NEW PLUCKINGS. HELP NEEDED!
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2015, 08:53:32 PM »

Aww Chrissie, I know how your feeling
I have 3 pluckers here
Dave barbers his feathers and this spout was after a night fright ans he's just not letting up this time
Coco is a hormonal plucker and no matter what I do she still does it , but she don't often get and sores but if she does we use f10 gel or a aloe Vera soother gel
Peach is a plucker and mutilator so with her I have to be carefull
Lookin treacle was the last trigger, we seem to be doin ok at the moment
You have to come to the conclusion once a plucker always a plucker , it sometimes becomes that much of a habit they will just never stop
Please try not to stress as she will pick up on it
The showering will improve , just give it time
Sending hugs your way x x
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Re: NEW CAGE...NEW PLUCKINGS. HELP NEEDED!
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2015, 10:56:13 PM »

If showering is causing stress it'll just reaffirm the problem. I have corrected this and all I can say is pluckers, once you've ruled out vet reasons need to get lower stress. Hell not sprayed my 2 for years Hickory had a bath today probably not had one for well over a fortnight(could even be a month, I don't know she normally let's me know Will I just try every now and again if he's out of sync). Willow didn't want one, just like she didn't last time he had one.

If you want to correct, do everything to reduce stress, it's never just one thing. If the habit is ingrained I gained success by concentrating on good preening and clicker rewarding. Though you actually think you're training them you're not, you're actually making a bigger deal out of the correct behaviour. You'll change your response to the plucking.

So advice is reduce stress.... Pluckers have just gone to far over the stress point bring them back. I could list what I did but it would be  too long and relevant to Willow. But one of them was to stop spraying now I have a feathered bird!

Just put them in the bathroom whilst showering(every day) there will be more than enough humidity. Everyone knows water actually dries the skin out. I'm pretty sure the UK's humidity is in the higher end unless you're heating the house. I suspect showering every day comes from the USA.
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Re: NEW CAGE...NEW PLUCKINGS. HELP NEEDED!
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2015, 11:30:10 PM »

At his worse

What he looks like now and yes my vet said he's not really seen such a turn around and has asked what I think I did, stress and clicker is my opinion.
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Re: NEW CAGE...NEW PLUCKINGS. HELP NEEDED!
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2015, 10:26:40 AM »

Thanks for all the advice. What a difference with the feathers!  :clap:
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Re: NEW CAGE...NEW PLUCKINGS. HELP NEEDED!
« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2015, 10:41:12 AM »

I agree and the vet was a little taken back. You've got a little problem with the cage move. I think if it were me I'd accept the new cage as a stress factor, maybe remove the lino if it's a factor and can be seen. Then just work at reducing all other stress factors.

Willow is proof it can be done, all I can say is I tried everything. Not to mention even the household relationships were tense, and needed improving. I suspect a lot of people miss that one. They are very receptive to how we're feeling, so if we're uptight and stressed they will be.
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« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2015, 11:03:54 AM »

Yes i realise the cage would be an issue but it had to be done. I have put paper over the vinyl and she has a grill so can't get to it.
She seems better today and is coming and going from the new cage.
I think you've done amazing with your Willow.  :pecking:
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Re: NEW CAGE...NEW PLUCKINGS. HELP NEEDED!
« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2015, 11:23:06 AM »

Going on bits you've mentioned in other posts I suspect you'll probably start to see a difference. Just the fact you had less after adopting suggest she's in a happier place, just still to close to the stress trigger line. You may find rewarding good preening will help, I found it helped people ignore the plucking(think we wince and they pick up) more than actually reversing the behaviour. Just because you start concentrating on the good preening.

Honestly a little bit of me still feels guilty he got to that point. Too many triggers but the worse one was overbonding can't reiterate enough to people do not let it happen(so many behavioural problems are because of this , the receiver just thinks it's cute).
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