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Old 06-01-2017, 01:04 AM   #31
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hi, i am new to this forum but have the same problem, just very early. My daughter's bird is plucking or barbering his belly feathers. He has been very aggressive too. the bird fleece collar is too heavy for him. using featherfluff and trying the avicalm but he doesnt like it. Any suggestions? I feel like a horrible parent. I give him as much attention as i can....my daughter has had him since the fourth grade-now going into high school and spend little time with him. I can only get so much done with him on my shoulder....
any suggestions would be appreciated! already tried a fleece collar-too heavy and he hates it
Awe I'm sorry, it's really awefull. It's so hard not to blame yourself, but the truth is sometimes birds pluck even when you do everything right. Your not the only one here who knows what it feels like.
I think those of us who have barber-pluckers can point to an incident or a "thing" that just set them off and sometimes they don't stop.
In my case, I believe it was nesting (or wanting to nest/mate) frustration. You say your daughter has had him since the fourth grade? And she's in highschool? How many years has he been with you guys? Did she previously spend a bunch of time with him, because if that changed he may be upset at loosing his #1 companion and that could cause aggression too. Of course you would know better I'm just guessing.
I think the first move is to visit an avian vet just to rule out any illness that may be causing it.
Second is to read up on all the diet threads and be sure your feeding him good fresh foods and Grains with his seed/pellets of course.
Make sure he has lotts of chew toys to keep him busy and things to forage.
Baths are good, so is unfiltered natural sunlight or an avian full spectrum light.
Lotts of love and attention, try to remedy whatever you think may be the source of frustration and then hope for the best. I hope that helps. If you search "Huey" you will find some other wonderful threads about a little green barberer who's mommy has done just about everything a person can do and she has great advice also.
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Old 06-01-2017, 01:07 AM   #32
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What's feather fluff? I have the avicalm also, and featheriffic, but on the suggestion of Huey's mom I stoped the featheriffic because it can make them itchy. When in doubt if it seems like something is not helping just go back to the very basics of a good diet etcetera....
I have not tried a collar, I made her a little sweater and she hated it so much I was affraid it was causing way more anxiety for her than it was helping.
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Sorry Vi for this to happen. A vest would be perfect as Dave suggested.
Do you have any red palm Oil? Cook veggies in it. Don't need a lot of it. Get it at a health food store. It will last a long time.
You are a good Parront. Best to you.
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Sorry Vi for this to happen. A vest would be perfect as Dave suggested.
Do you have any red palm Oil? Cook veggies in it. Don't need a lot of it. Get it at a health food store. It will last a long time.
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I do thank you Linda I put it in my grain bake veggies mix.
I tried making Lilly a little sweater out if a baby sock, and when I put it on her she went nuts. She was so upset about it I was worried it would stress her more than the plucking, and I was affraid if she got it wet then she would be soaked all day while I was at work. She's clumsy enough and I was throwing her off.
I think she's doing better right now, waiting to see how many new Feathers she gets.
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