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Once a plucker always a plucker?!
« on: April 16, 2014, 07:19:48 PM »

I've had a parrot for just over 2 months now. He's 21 and has been a plucker for at least 6 years. He plucks his chest but after my partner and I went away last week he has gone crazy with his plucking. His back, his legs, under his wings. He looks like a half plucked chicken! It's not boredom because he's got loads to do in his cage and he plays with it when he's in there so I think it's stress.
After looking for some advice i'm getting him a UV lamp but i've noticed his skin is really dry. I tried cider vinegar but it bought him up in these little scabs so we stopped it. Is there anything else i an get that would help him?
Any advice is greatly received
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Re: Once a plucker always a plucker?!
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2014, 07:25:42 PM »

Hi Rachel
My coco is also 21 and plucked for years
She does most whilst covered at a night time :(
Iv got her a uv lamp and she is in much better feather condition (the ones she leaves) and also she is on a pellet diet (no supplements needed so I know she is getting all the nutrients she needs)
Also you can add aloe Vera to her water and also spray her with it added to her spray water a couple times a wk
Just make sure she has a good rince off in plain water once a wk :thumbsup:
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Re: Once a plucker always a plucker?!
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2014, 07:31:14 PM »

Brilliant thank you! Where can I buy aloe vera? Does it need to be a special type?
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Re: Once a plucker always a plucker?!
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2014, 07:43:20 PM »

Holland and barrat sell it :thumbsup:


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Re: Once a plucker always a plucker?!
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2014, 07:47:43 PM »

thank you!!  :crossed
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Re: Once a plucker always a plucker?!
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2014, 10:19:52 PM »

Hiya Rachel, this is the link to the aloe Vera Mandi is talking about http://m.hollandandbarrett.com/pages/product_detail.asp?pid=274&prodid=382&cid=77 you should dilute this with water, use about the same amount of aloe as you would do when your making a drink of diluting juice for yourself...I've also got a grey who is a plucker, I rescued her a year ago but apparently she has plucked for the past 6/7 years also...I've used this with poppy and didn't see much improvement, however ever parrot is different so it may work for your grey as it has many others, make sure your giving him a regular bath to soothe the itch (if he is itchy) once a week with a good drench, and every 2 days with a misting...I have recently started using this with poppy http://scarlettsparrotessentials.co.uk/avix_soother_spray_240ml and I am seeing a little improvement, maybe try them both an see what works for your grey...here is my poppy, as you can see she is very bald up front bless her x   
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Re: Once a plucker always a plucker?!
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2014, 05:09:40 AM »

Ayesha the soother spray is only aloe Vera so more or less the same thing
It's to hopefully relive the dry skin
With the aloe Vera from H&B it's about a cap full to a spray bottle
Just spray it on your hands and make sure it's not sticky
Hope you both see a improvement
Like you say each grey is different
It made peach pluck worse :crazy:


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Re: Once a plucker always a plucker?!
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2014, 12:13:45 PM »

Ano Mandi its mad they are practically the same arnt they but for some reason the holland and barret aloe kinda makes poppy pick at her skin more, where as the other dosent and she lets her fluff grow in, funny little things arnt they lol x
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Re: Once a plucker always a plucker?!
« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2014, 10:06:22 AM »

Awwww bless poppy. Jack hasn't pulled any wrung feathers out at all just his downy ones wherever he can reach. The biggest difference between jack and and poppy is that jacks chest is completely smooth. He doesn't ever get pin feathers there so i'm thinking they might not ever grow back.
Also when he does get feathers grow back in other places, some are coming through red. Is that normal or is he just.... Special lol x :rofl:
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Re: Once a plucker always a plucker?!
« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2014, 08:33:50 PM »

Rachel if the feathers are growing back pink on a plucking bird it's usually damaged follicle , my coco has pink leg warmers ;)


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Once a plucker always a plucker?!
« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2014, 07:25:17 AM »

Mines been plucking for almost 4 years now. There are times he gets better and times where he plucks more than usual. Everything ruled out, I have to just accept mine will always pluck. But he is happy and that's all that matters. I believe if birds have plucked for a long time it becomes a habit and it is very hard to stop. Pretty much like if a person starts smoking they find it hard to stop even knowing that it is bad for you. Nevertheless, I still try find ways that I could prevent him from plucking ie: giving him a gentle spray when I notice excessive preening


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Re: Once a plucker always a plucker?!
« Reply #11 on: August 16, 2014, 04:36:43 PM »

I took Jack to the vet not long a go and the vet said when they pluck it releases endorphins to combat the pain which then makes them feel good so they keep doing it.
It's a vicious cycle really but of course it looks so distressing x
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