> Diet and air quality play major roles in feather health. Is your bird
> getting vitamins either through fresh food, pellets or supplements? Is
> the air extremely arid (like a desert?) My birds are housed outside in
> South Florida and all feathers are gorgeous and I've got no plucking,
> biting or pulling problems, I'm certain it's because of the humidity
> here (also they sit in a steamy shower with me). They are not the best
> eaters in the world.
You know I do think there really is something to this outside thing! I have really been
considering building and outside Aviary for my U2 and if that works out making one
for all of them. Afterall I do have 2 acres. One thing could anyone tell me where to
order or obtain cage wire? I certainly want to get the right kind.
Also this other discussion about sun light does make me think that my U2 is in dire need
of more UVB rays!
> Take Gwen's advice and get your bird into a vet to rule out any physical
> problems or deficiencies.
Yes my U2 did have a low-normal calcium level which was attributed to the beginning
of her bad habit. The only problem is once it has become a habit even if the medical
problems are remedied there are times when the habit, once formed continues.