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Pictures of a barbering parrotlet.

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Old 02-18-2017, 05:29 PM   #1
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Pictures of a barbering parrotlet.

I was going through some pictures of Huey today and thought maybe I would post some here, there has been some discussion of plucking/barbering lately and I thought maybe someone could benefit from these.

My Huey does not take all of his feathers off and this is what I believe makes the difference between plucking and barbering. He also does let them grow back and then in a matter of a few hours can be all barbered. He never pulls out his down feathers only the outer green.

I have not found anything that works long term. I am currently trying the avicalm this time. The fetheriffic works wonderfully, the feathers come in like mad. I have had him vet checked. He is on a good diet of seed, pellets and fresh foods. He gets 12 hours of sleep (most nights) and he does bathe. I also have a uv light on him for 3 hours a day. For the most part since nothing stops the barbering, I just let him be. He is a very handsome boy in my eyes. He is happy and healthy.

This picture shows a feathered Huey. Almost all in. 9/19/16



This is how he looks shortly after all of his feathers come in and he plucks them out. If you can expand this, you will see his new feathers starting to come back. 2/18/17



Here is another showing more growth.


Here is a feathered side and back. 9/19/16


Here is the barbered back, note feathers coming in nicely on his back now. almost all grown back. If you look at his tail and wing feathers you can see some chewed feathers that have not fallen out yet. 2/18/17



Here is a wing view, the top of his wings have grown back. 2/18/17

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These are great Photos Lin, I'm sure they will be very helpful for others. I always say your a great example of taking every step you can to help Huey, I think it's really important for people to understand that birds can start plucking or barbering even in the very best loving home.
Look how beautiful and vibrant his colors are from all you have been doing.
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The feathers are coming in nicely----unless Huey doesn't want them to!! Whatever the reason, Huey is an adorable bird that needs you and all the attention he can get.
Is it hormonal, Vi??
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This is a really good post Lin! Really good to see the difference between barbering and plucking.

I think Huey is just adorable with his feathers or his fluffy chest Like you said, he's happy and healthy.
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He's a happy, healthy, adorable green-hater! Silly Huey! Parrotlets are definitely hard to reason with.
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Good to have these pics for folks to see...they'll be helpful.
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New growth, he is starting to look like a bird again. I have stopped the featheriffic as I felt it was causing him more aggravation because his feathers were coming in really fast. I use red palm oil on his pellets and keep a mixed batch in the fridge. When I put them into is bowl I sprinkle the avicalm onto them and they are just sticky enough to get covered.




Close p of the feathers... what ever happens today we have feathers.

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Hello handsome boy! Those are some pretty feathers! You should try them on for size and see if they suit you.
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Keep it up, Huey!


Have you looked into feather protectors? The only ones I've seen are on http://www.flightquarters.com/bird-d...rotectors.html

I know that plucking/barbering often become habits and this could be a good way to help them break that habit. But I also know that getting these little guys into harnesses can be uh complicated haha
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Have you looked into feather protectors? The only ones I've seen are on http://www.flightquarters.com/bird-d...rotectors.html

I know that plucking/barbering often become habits and this could be a good way to help them break that habit. But I also know that getting these little guys into harnesses can be uh complicated haha
Thanks for the tip but I will not be able to put anything like that on him. I am ok if he pulls out his pretty feathers. It truly is his problem not mine... I have all of my feathers
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