I have adopted an African grey that has a plucking problem. She grew all the
feathers last summer and it was looking great. One morning I slept in, and
my neighbors upstairs were cleaning up. They were making a lot of noise
because they were moving the furniture around. Anyhow, to make the story
short, I found her in a corner of the room and she had broken most of her
Of course, then it was just a matter of time before she plucked them all out
and continued down to the wings. By the way, she was so stressed about that
morning and the noise she heard, for the whole week I had to keep her in my
living room; she refused to go to the original room.
I went to see the vet because my first thought was: I have to get a collar.
After having some talk with her I decided not to proceed as apparently the
birds take a long time to get used to them, they may get hurt if
unsupervised for the first week or two, and it may increase the stress level
for your bird too.
So that was my decision for not using the collar, instead I bought another
African grey. It was costly, but a companion is probably the best thing to
keep her busy 24 hours. Not that I spent not enough time with her as our
working shifts differ in the family and we were home at least 9 hours a day.
But the extra attention she is getting seems to be priceless...
My point here is that you should really discuss this with your vet before
you proceed. I was often told that there are many cases where the birds get
so stressed out that as soon as you take of the collar they pluck it all out
again. But that is what I heard, it could be wrong.
If it's the first time, maybe you could just see if a change in routine
I wish you luck
> Hello Everyone;
> I need some advice on my African Grey bird, named Happy. She is just over
> year old and had her first molting about 3 months ago. It looks as if she
> have picked up the bad habit of feather plucking. It is not an issue of
> being left alone and having nothing to do. My wonderful wife is at home
> most of the day and the cage is very clean (parasites), we checked. I
> read the books on this issue.
> Does anyone know where I could get a collar for her to wear to help stop
> this plucking. Some time ago, I saw a African Grey with a plastic collar
> it. It was a cone type of collar, so that the bird could not reach her
> feathers to pull on them. But the bird was still free to drink and eat
> of there cup. The owner said it was one of the simpler method to break
> habit. The other would be a foul tasting preparation that would make her
> not like the taste of her feathers.
> Any and all information will be helpful.
> Jim H. Pock