Hello everyone, this is my first post...hope it works.
I have a problem with my 10 year old Noble Macaw (Max). A few months ago
he started picking at his feathers. I took him to the vet and found
out he has a Vitamin A deficiency. I tried unsuccesfully to switch him to
pellets so now put vitamins in his water and feed him cooked yams.
The vet said wait for the new feathers to come in and see what happens. The
only problem is that after the vet visit he started actually pulling the
feathers out and picks at the new feathers coming in. He does this everywhere
he can reach and he now looks like a Thanksgiving turkey. He also picks at my
neck and shoulders now - ouch!
After ruling out any disease the vet said it could be *** frustration. I
am wondering if it could just now be a bad habit that he'll have for life :(
I would like to try to find him a mate but I wonder if he would do the same
thing to another bird. He has plenty of things to chew on in his cage but he
prefers to chew on himself.
I would really appreciate any comments you all might have.
College Station, Texas