> revealed no physical problem. The vet said Doug was a little
> underweight so
> I've been giving him more pasta and similar items to gain weight.
> As to the
> plucking, the vet recommended rearranging things in his cage and
> some new toys so see if they would help. In fact that did help
Where do you keep Doug's cage. Perhaps there is too much activity or too little
activity there. How much interaction do you have with him on a daily basis? Is
he eating the varied diet you're offering? A six-month old Grey is awfully
young to have developed these "problems" but you can be assured that it's NOT
hormonal (***.) Another thought: how high/low is the cage? Is it at your
eye level or does the bird have to always look up to you?
Is it possible there's something in the diet he's allergic to?
> and this time he gave Doug a hormone shot (an experimental therapy
> and can
> only be done once). Since then, Doug has begun sitting underneath
> his cage and, if anything, is plucking more than ever.
> and when he sees the spray bottle, he becomes terrified and tries to fly
> 3) I do tend to stay up late at night (the AM hours) and Doug's cage
> is in my bedroom.
> The vet says that the next step would be to notch his lower beak but
Regarding item #3, can you move the cage out of your bedroom if you're staying
up late? That would be the problem right there! Doug is still relatively a babi
and he needs a minimum of ten hours of sleep a night. It doesn't sound like
he's getting it.
Nothing personal, but I'm VERY concerned about the options your vet is offering
to "help" Doug? Giving a six-month old a hormone shot!!! Wanting to notch his
beak????? Whew. Frankly this guy sure doesn't sound like a caring avian vet to
me. I would SERIOUSLY give consideration to having another AVIAN vet take a
look at him. The trauma this little guy is going through at the hands of your
current vet is scary.
Feather Fantasia, Denver