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Penny Doing Good!

October 10th, 2012
Penny Doing Good!

Looking at Penny this morning her feathers are really good, down her chest, back, head and legs she is looking good!

Now if we could just get her to stop nipping her feathers from her bum and her wings we’ll have cracked it!

I’m not sure that is even manageable to be honest and it really doesn’t matter to me at all, if she wants to nip her feathers then that’s what she will do. We’ve noticed that she has started to play a little bit with her toys, foraging for food etc from an empty egg carton inside a cornflake box, that’s great because hopefully it will distract her a little bit from nipping. Every night around 7.00p.m. she has a good old pull at her wing feathers and screams a bit, that is the time that we cover them up for the night, we’ve tried covering later/earlier it makes no difference, 7.00p.m. her little alarm goes off and she has a quick pull of her wing feathers.

Since moving her to the window, we no longer have feathers that are pulled out so much that they bleed, so that’s good. She continues to dislike me and to love Darryl, so I can respect that.

Penny Update

August 29th, 2012
Penny Update

Well we have kind of resigned ourselves to the fact that Penny is a plucker and as long as she is warm, well fed and happy then that’s all part of her.

Penny and my other grey Charlie, don’t get on at all, in fact if Charlie lands on her cage then he will be lucky to escape without a bite or two on his toes, he’s learned to move very fast off the top of her cage.

The other day though, Charlie let himself out of his cage and kindly opened the food bowl door so that Penny could come out as well!

She had more sense and stayed in her cage. All in all, she is doing well, still hates me but she has the best of friends with Darryl.

Ben/Penny Food Diary

June 9th, 2012
Ben/Penny Food Diary

Background on Penny.

When Penny came to us in June 2011, she was 6½ years old, never been fed on parrot food for the whole of her life she had had human food. She nips her feathers, she doesn’t pluck them out just nips the ends off them. After blood tests and x-ray there was no underlying cause found for this behaviour and so I think it is diet related. The test results showed that she was healthy with no fatty liver, which was a surprise after her bad diet. The only thing that was a concern was that her calcium level was dangerously low so a course of Calcivet and correct feeding sorted that. Now Animalzone has come along and I am starting Penny on the Plumage Enhancer, Museli and Fruit Sticks to see if this will improve her well being and maybe even help her to stop nipping her
feathers. This is Penny’s diary.

Tuesday 25th October Day 1

Today is day one of the new Animalzone diet for Penny, Charlie is on it as well but it’s Penny who is the subject of this diet change to see if it can help her with her feathers. So, today no other food given and she treated all the new food with her usual suspicious attitude, picking through it to try and see if I’d hidden any of her usual pellets in there, no such luck though, it’s all Animalzone food. I put in a handful of Plumage Enhancer, a handful of Museli and half a handful of Fruit Sticks…I don’t think she ate much more than a few tiny peices from the Museli.


Wednesday 26th October Day 2

Not much eaten on Tuesday at all, certainly none of the Plumage Enhancer and a fair bit was on the floor of the cage. I emptied what was left out of the bowl and put it in a container (it will do for birdy bread) refilled her bowl with the same quantities as yesterday. Again, she picked a bit at the museli and not a lot else when I first put it in. By midday she was a little bit more inquisitive about the food and picked at a fruit stick or two. At supper time…..she ate and ate and ate the Plumage Enhancer, Museli bits and Fruit Sticks, so we are on our way!


Thursday 27th October Day 3

Wow, she has eaten loads overnight, still a bit left in her bowl so that’s gone to the container for the birdy bread. I filled her bowl and she couldn’t wait, straight in and eating the Plumage Enhancer first. So, we have success, now it’s a matter of keeping it up and taking photos to see if there is any improvement like Animalzone claim. I’m very sceptical to be honest, Penny is the kind of bird that lets her feathers (flight & tail feathers) grow to about an inch long and then nips them right back. She doesn’t pluck out the entire feather and doesn’t have bald patches, but she nips at her feathers so much. I’m not sure if the wing feather follicles have been damaged, so maybe those flight feathers will never grow. Only time will tell.


Friday 28th October Day 4

This morning she had some chop for breakfast. I put a mixture of Museli, Fruit Sticks and Plumage Enhancer in her bowl after a few beakfuls of chop she went right over and got stuck in to her Animalzone food. I think that can be classed as a success. I have tried to put a cylinder feeder in so that she has to work for her food as well, as suggested by Phil of Animalzone, but somehow she has managed to take the bottom off the feeder, leaving the top attached to the cage but of course in taking the bottom off, the pellets ended up all over the floor. Back to the drawing board on that one I think.


Saturday 29th October Day 5

Same as yesterday, she started the day with some chop but much preferred Animalzone pellets. I’ve noticed that she picks out the bits of museli first and then eats the Plumage Enhancer. I don’t know if it’s my mind playing tricks on me, maybe a bit of wishful thinking, but her feathers seem to have a bit more sheen to them today. Even the fluffy bits where she has plucked seem to be in better condition. As it’s only Day 5, it might just be my imagination.


Sunday 30th October Day 6

Well putting the clocks back didn’t fool the birds at all! Penny continues to eat her pellets, museli first and you can tell she really is enjoying them. She seems a lot more “alive” just lately, she has a UV lamp as well which coincided with the start of the Animalzone diet so a combination of the two and she is like a different bird. She used to sit in the corner and do nothing, she has a cage full of preening, foraging and shredding toys, but she didn’t touch them, just sat and preened. Since having the light and change of diet she is more active, she doesn’t really play with her toys, I don’t think she quite knows how to play but she will forage a little bit now and she shreds paper and preens a rope toy that she has.


Monday 31st October Day 7

Penny continues to eat the pellets and museli, not much else to report today to be honest. She’s still her usual unfriendly self to me but that is completely normal for her, I wish there was a pellet that would make her ultra friendly haha.


Tuesday 1st November Day 8

I haven’t given any chop since Saturday and she continues to eat almost everything I put in her dish for her from Animalzone, so I know she is getting all the nutrients, vitamins etc that she needs. I don’t know if I’m looking too hard but I can see a difference in her in general, not with her feathers yet because that is very early days although the ones that she has look better. She seems to be more alert, more active and more like a parrot. It’s very hard to describe unless you knew her before the pellets.


Wednesday 2nd November Day 9

We have one feather on her crop area that hasn’t been nipped! I shall be watching that feather with interest, usually she lets them get to a certain size/length and then nips the ends off. No problems with the food, she continues to eat it all with enthusiasm.


Monday 14th November Day 21

I know it has been a while since I did this diary, but really there has been nothing of significance to report, Penny continues to eat the food given to her and she is looking a lot better. I noticed over the past week that she has let two wing feathers grow. One is the longest she has ever let it grow, it’s about 3 inches in length and not been nipped!!! On her other wing there is another feather growing which is about 2 inches in length and not been nipped! I am keeping everything crossed in the hope that she leaves them alone. So, three weeks into the new Animalzone diet and yes, I can see a big difference from when she first started.

Wednesday 30th November Day 37

We have had the painters decorating the outside of our house and it has freaked Penny out. I haven’t been able to move her to different rooms because her cage is way too big. I’ve done all I can to minimize the trauma for her. However, she has still found it necessary to pluck at one of her feathers and make it bleed. As you may or may not know, Penny absolutely hates me, she can’t be handled by me or my partner although she allows him to scratch her head, I can’t even walk too closely to the cage without getting lunged at. So, if she bleeds we just have to keep a really close eye on it and hope and pray that it stops. So far so good, we have only seen three drops and then it seems to stop. If I thought for one minute that there was any danger for her, no matter what, I would get in the cage and towel her and rush her to the vets, there is no two ways about it. I just don’t do it immediately because the stress of that would make her pluck even more. Sometimes it’s best to let them get on with it before rushing in and doing what we think is the right thing to do.


Saturday 3rd December Day 40

Well here we are on day 40, that is almost six weeks since starting Penny on Animalzone food. When I first put her on the food, I was told by Phil of Animalzone to give it six weeks and I should see a difference. Well…there are an awful lot of foodstuff, lotions and potions that claim to be the cure for plucking out there on the market, so why should Animalzone be any different but I was willing to give it a go and to keep this diary to prove a point either way. This morning I had a look at Penny, usually it’s a look to see how she is doing, has she plucked, has she made herself bleed, etc etc. this morning however, I had a look, a really good look and wow!!! We have pin feathers on her throat and neck, we have feathers growing nicely on her wings (I know if these are flight feathers I’m going to be in trouble when she flies hahaha) we have tail feathers growing! Her general appearance is looking good, yes we have nipped feathers that still need to moult out and yes she has nipped a few more while the painters have been around but all in all, Penny is looking so much better than she did six weeks ago! I am really hoping that she lets these feathers grow, in the past she has let them get to a certain length and then nips them off, only time will tell I guess, but all in all, Animalzone parrot food seems to do what it claims to do and even if we have the odd set back and a quick pluck or nip, the food is well received by both of my African Greys, they love it and therefore I will continue to feed it to them.


Tuesday 13th December Day 50

It was Penny’s birthday yesterday, she is now the grand old age of 7. So yesterday she was treated to her usual Museli and chop, plus I made her a little birdday cake, she shared that with Charlie. I didn’t buy her any toys because she still doesn’t quite know how to play, which is a shame, although she will preen rope toys now, so that’s a major improvement and of course it saves her precious feathers. So far so good with the tail feathers, they are growing lovely and more on the way. She hasn’t nipped them, so fingers crossed. I am going to put her back on just the plumage enhancer for a while because I’ve found that although she likes the museli, she is picking bits out that are her favourite and leaving a lot of the other bits. It doesn’t matter because I just collect it all and make birdy cakes out of it, so she still gets it but I think I’m going to just give her the enhancer again for a while and see what happens. I suppose in a way it’s like us eating the same meal night after night, we need a little bit of variety.


Wednesday 14th December Day 51

Penny is back on just the Plumage Enhancer, she’s turned her beak up a little bit today, just sort of picked at it. She was holding out for her museli, but I’m stronger willed than that and by tomorrow she will be eating just the Enhancer again. She can have the museli back but just in little bits in a week or two lol. She has “overpreened” a couple of feathers but they aren’t nipped!! So that’s a good result.

Wednesday 21st December Day 58?

Penny has had a week on just the Plumage Enhancer so today I gave her a handful of the museli as well as a treat, she really loves it. Her feathers are continuing to grow and sprout out from loads of places where I thought they would never grow again, to be honest. But….she has gone a little bit mad on her tail feathers, there are a few of them that she has “overpreened” She hasn’t nipped them right off yet, so it’s a case of wait and see for them, I can’t think that anything else would have upset her, the painting of the house has finished now, she can’t see anything different from her cage. I just hope that she lets the rest of them grow. On a plus side, she has plenty of flight feathers growing through, so I’m getting in training to run when she can fly again, because I just know that I’m going to be in trouble. hahaha

Penny Nearly A Year With Us!

May 19th, 2012
Penny Nearly A Year With Us!

It’s coming up to almost a year now since Penny arrived here to live, she still loves Darryl so that good because she still hates me!

In the year since she has lived with us, we’ve had tears, tantrums, ranting and raging and that’s just from Penny!

She’s a darling really I love her to bits even though the feeling isn’t mutual it doesn’t stop me from treating her exactly as I treat my other Grey, Charlie.

Penny is a plucker, whether she will ever stop or not is debatable, she lets her feathers get so long and then she sits and nips them back, little bit by little bit. As long as I know she is happy and healthy it really doesn’t matter to me what she looks like.

At the moment she is growing new tail feathers again and every time that happens I keep my fingers crossed that she will leave them this time.

We have moved her cage next to the window so that she can see out in the garden and I think that has helped her a bit. A telephone directory is her main toy, she loves to sit looking out of the window and rip shreds out of the book.

Penny continues to eat well, she has Animal Zone foods with a bit of fresh veg and sometimes fruit. I very rarely give her a tiny bit of cheese and wow you should see her run for that lol.

I’ll update again in a month to let you know how her feathers are doing.

Penny’s Training Begins.

April 25th, 2012
Penny's Training Begins.

Penny is one of our Rescue African Greys, she hates me! We have had her for 10 months now, I started to do training with her when she first arrived here but it was obvious that she didn’t like me, so I left her, just did the normal everyday things with her and talked to her lots.

Now, 10 months down the line she still hates me, so I thought I’d try training again to maybe build a bond…this is her first training session in 10 months, so we’ll see how she goes. As you can see, she is a plucker, she started growing her feathers back after arriving here and a change of diet, toys etc etc. Then my other Grey escaped from his cage one day when she was out playing and dive bombed her, she nipped her lovely new feathers off and we are back to square one, but…there is hope, she is healthy and it is just a habit, so she might stop it one day.

Even if she doesn’t….I still love her to bits.

Penny’s stick training Session –

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