Re: Getting ready to adopt???Should I????
Posted by Sharon on 11/30/09
On 11/29/09, GreyLady wrote:
> On 11/29/09, Sharon wrote:
>> HI, I am thinking of adopting a CAG 10 year old supposed
>> to be male..he is a plucker totally naked chest. I do not
>> have experience with pluckers. I have a YNA and a conure
>> great birds well cared for and loved....where should I
>> start with the CAG...should I try?? He apparently doesn't
>> like men....the bird was a pawn in a divorce and has
>> finally been returned to his owner but with his new issue
>> of plucking the original owner doesn't have the time to
>> dedicate to try and break him of this. The plicking is a
>> new beaviour for him. He has been doing it about a
>> year,original owner has gotten sprays and supplements and
>> so far nothing helps,the feathers grow back and the bird
>> plucks them right on out!! Any help is appreciated...I do
>> not have much info on the bird I have not met him
>> yet...apparently he seems well adjusted has alot of out of
>> cage time eats Zupreem natural fresh veggies. I guess
>> basically I want a bit of input and to decide should I
>> take this bird on or not??
> Just the fact that you are asking tells me you would be a
> great home for this bird, as long as you feel you have the
> extra time he is going to need. What a shame they put him
> through that stress and hassle. He has obviously been the
> one to suffer for their insensitivity and selfishness. More
> than likely, in his case, the stress is what drove him to
> pluck. However, since there can be underlying health issues
> that also cause it, it would be best to get him a check up
> with a good Avian vet, just in case. Even though stress may
> be causing it, the stress could also have made him more
> vulnerable to an illness. If it were me, I'd get the
> possiblility of a health issue settled one way or the other,
> then after he is settled in and comfortable, start working
> with distracting him from the plucking with new toys, things
> to shred and tons of attention. It's important to try to
> stop it before he damages his follicles and can't replace
> feathers. Good for you if you can give him a solid home and
> best of luck to you.
Thanks for responding...I do have a great vet and will bring
him soon as I get him.
How can you tell if the follicles are already dammaged and how
long does it take for feathers to regrow.....guess I'd like to
know how I will be able to tell if I am helping him....and how
long I can expect to see some improvement?
THANKS very much for helping me out!!