African Grey Feather Picking

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African Grey Feather Picking

Post by Lauren Obri » Fri, 04 Nov 1994 07:42:03



        I have a male Timneh who picks and plucks. I wanted to talk to
other owners about this habit etc. He has been vet checked and is fine.
Please e-mail me!
Thank You,
The Law

 
 
 

African Grey Feather Picking

Post by Kevin Michael C » Tue, 15 Nov 1994 11:28:57



Quote:

>   I have a male Timneh who picks and plucks. I wanted to talk to
> other owners about this habit etc. He has been vet checked and is
> fine.

I also have a plucking Timneh in good health.  What do you want
to know?  Ralph stopped plucking when we brought Sidney (our
severe macaw) home, but they don't get along very well and now
he's plucking again.

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African Grey Feather Picking

Post by M. Spitzl » Fri, 18 Nov 1994 01:29:37


My female CAG chews more than plucks. She bites out the middle of all her
feathers, mostly in the early fall. She's been checked by the vet too. We
tried drops twice a day, but she became lethargic and increasingly
fearful of me. She's just 2yrs. old, so the cycle has only gone around
twice. I live in hope we will help her past this before she gets much older.
 
 
 

African Grey Feather Picking

Post by Harm » Fri, 18 Nov 1994 06:58:23


Quote:

>My female CAG chews more than plucks. She bites out the
>middle of all her feathers, mostly in the early fall.

You mention that the picking seems to be seasonal. Have you
considered getting a sunlamp or bright light and making her
believe that it's spring or summer by increasing the hours of
light. I've heard that other Greys do this, although mine
doesn't.

Regards,
Susan

 
 
 

African Grey Feather Picking

Post by M. Spitzl » Sun, 20 Nov 1994 08:46:19


It hadn't occurred to me. Thanks!
 
 
 

African Grey Feather Picking

Post by E DOUGHERT » Tue, 22 Nov 1994 04:25:54


My African Grey doesn't pluck but he does like a particular type of toy
that may help keep his mind off the dreaded plucking possibility.   Its a
2inch diameter wheel of wood with holes drilled around the circumference.
 Through the holes are threaded 8inch laces of leather.  Originally the
laces had plastic beads on them but Puck popped those off within a few
hours.  Now the toy is just the leather laces*** from the wood, but
Puck sits next to it during the day and runs his beak down the laces  
over and over again.  His expression reminds me of a small child sucking
its thumb, pure absorbed contentment (yes, I let my children suck their
thumbs, they are well adjusted college students and their teeth didn't
need any more orthodontia than their pacifier sucking friends).

But, other things to consider, Puck is not an only bird, his cage sits
in front of a window through which he can see a busy street,  and twice a
day he is taken to his*** rope from which he swings by his feet,
upside-down,  and flaps his wings in pretend flight .  Great exercise.