Feather Plucking in Parrots [with Treatment]


WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF A PLUCKED FEATHER BIRD?

  1. Bald patches on the wings, head, back, beneath the wings, and on the legs.
  2. Rough-looking feathers on practically every part of the bird.
  3. Chest and shoulder soreness and redness
  4. Frequently has little or no tail.
  5. Feathers on the cage or room floor
  6. Excessive preening by the bird
  7. Temperament shift in the bird
    8th. Feathers are missing.
    9 bald or bloody patches (especially on Breast, Abdomen & Back)
  8. A Bird That Looks Like It’s Ready to Bake!
  9. A bald dead bird on the cage’s floor!

THIS IS HOMER, A COCKATOO FROM GOFFINS. HE BEGAN PLUCKING WHEN HIS OWNERS WERE FORCED TO WORK LONGER HOURS. HE BIT A HOLE IN HIS CHEST AND STARTED BITEING HIS BREAST BONE. HE IS RESTORING SLOWLY.

THIS IS MARTY, AN UMBRELLA COCKATOO WHO IS KNOWN TO ALL THE CLUB’S REGULARS. MARTY WAS RESCUED FROM A PET SHOP WHERE SHE HAD BEEN PLUCKING FOR YEARS BY ONE OF OUR MEMBERS. SHE STILL PLUCKS IF SHE BECOMES ANXIOUS, BUT IN HER NEW HOME, SHE IS MUCH HAPPIER.

So, what exactly causes Feather Plucking?

Unfortunately, there are several reasons of feather plucking, many of which would need an expert or a veterinarian to identify. However, in this discussion, I’d want to focus on the most apparent and prevalent factors.

TucTuc is an African Grey. This photo was shot about a month after he first came to see me. His feathers on his breast have begun to regrow, and his small tail is poking through. He recovered completely in 6 months and is now happily re-homed.
It required a lot of time, work, love, and attention.

Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (PBFD)

This is by far the most dangerous and potentially fatal cause. PBFD is a viral illness that was initially discovered in Cockatoos, which are the most vulnerable species to this disease, however ALL parrots are at risk. Cleanliness is an important aspect in managing this sickness since the virus is carried by feather dust and may therefore be readily transferred. The virus attacks the immune system, causing increasing weakening of the bill and claws, as well as severe feather loss. This illness is not often readily recognized, even by a veterinarian, and blood tests are required to establish if a bird is infected.

THIS DISEASE HAS NO EFFECTIVE TREATMENT, AND DEATH IS COMMON.

If the feathers vanish from the back of the neck and head, where the bird cannot reach, you can easily distinguish the difference between PBFD and the bird plucking its own feathers.

Diet Diet is vitally crucial in maintaining a bird’s fitness and health.

IT IS ALSO IN CHARGE OF FORMING A BIRD’S BEHAVIOR ATTITUDE.

Peanuts…. As previously said, they are harmful to the health of birds. They inhibit calcium absorption, which is essential for the bird’s health and feather development. Read more about parrot’s behaviors meaning and the parrot’s death.

DO NOT GIVE YOUR PARROT PEANUTS!!!!

Seed…. While there has been a recent movement toward a “full” diet of pelleted meals, I am certain that they are insufficient for a well-balanced diet. A bird need seed for the diversity, textures, and nutrition it provides. However, there are numerous seed brands that are subpar. Those with a high concentration of peanuts, sunflower seeds, or dust are all undesirable. Many of the seeds I examined were between 10 and 15 years old!! When de-husked, they include dust, dust mites, and are often mouldy! Your birds are dying as a result of these seeds!

A GOOD QUALITY SEED THAT IS FRESH AND DUST-FREE IS REQUIRED.

Fresh fruit…. This is critical. The juice is essential for obtaining the vital vitamins. Just because the fruit falls to the bottom of the cage does not imply the bird does not eat it. They are supposed to suck out the fluids rather than devour the meat.
No, No’s…. Chocolate, carbonated beverages, avocado, coffee, and sweets. Learn about the best food for parrots.

SUPPLEMENTS

Why should a bird’s diet include supplements?

We humans have domesticated these magnificent animals (yes, even you, Gizmo parrot!) and as a result, they do not get all of the vitamins and minerals that they would in the wild. They do not benefit from the sun’s power in their natural surroundings. They are exposed to our central heating, smoking, cooking fumes, road pollution, and so on, all of which are absent when they are deep in the greenery of their own countries.

We need to complement these need, and seed does not provide this demand.
As a result, we must give artificial extras such as vitamins and supplements.
The two most crucial factors are:
Vitamin B and calcium
These two are required to assist prevent feather loss.
There are supplements that may aid with feather loss, such as “Feather Up.”
All of these requirements may be met by the two products we offer at the club, Calcivet and Daily Essentials 3 from the Birdcare Company.

Boredom

This is one of the most common reasons for a bird to begin plucking its feathers.
Boredom may be caused by the following factors:
Nothing to chew on….. Provide it with kindling or dog chews.
There is no playtime….. Birds need play and contact with the humans who possess them!
Loneliness….. Keep your bird out of your bedroom or dining room. Let it be where the family is most present. If it has companion birds, it may be placed in another room, but a lonely bird need companionship.
Toys…… They have either no or too many toys! Your pet Parrot toys should be limited to two or three in the cage at any one time and replaced once a week to provide stimulation. Provide your bird with items to climb on and difficult toys that they must work at to get enjoyment from, such as hiding goodies in kitchen rolls/toilet rolls, etc.

Learn more about how to entertain and these ways to show love to your parrots.

Trauma and Stress

Not only are stress and trauma the most prevalent causes of plucking, but they may also result in the death of a bird.
Things that might create stress and trauma include:
Change in surroundings or ownership
Owner is not present.
Illness
Dietary modification
Inadequate sleep and not being covered at night
Inadequate interaction.
Not getting enough baths.
Another pet/bird is added to the household.
Extreme cold or heat.
Ownership or mate loss
Changes in hormones
Season of reproduction
As you can see, this is not an exhaustive list, and there might be a thousand and one causes for stress. This is why it is critical to check on your bird every day to see if there are any symptoms of plucking.

What should you do if your bird begins plucking?

  1. Do not wait for it to end on its own. It will not.
  2. Don’t allow it get to the point where it starts drawing blood. It could get a taste for its own flesh and blood!
  3. Avoid using any human medicine. It has the potential to kill your bird!
  4. If the bird is bleeding, use simply cornflour.
  5. If it is a solitary bird with lost feathers on its head, send it to your veterinarian right once; it may have PBFD.
  6. Seek guidance from your veterinarian or a parrot expert if you see losing feathers. (Please contact me!)
  7. Be prepared to leave your bird with someone who can provide it with respite care.
  8. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL YOUR BIRD IS BLEEDING, HAS A HOLE IN ITS CHEST, AND APPEARS TO BE READY FOR THE OVEN!!!! It’s too late.

When the bird reaches this stage, it will take much longer to quit plucking.

If you are interested in more about parrot pet birds, read more here.

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