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Re: HELP!! Amazon plucking!

Posted by angela on 9/28/06
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    On 9/28/06, Angela wrote:
    > Ok, this story may be a little long but here goes:
    > Since March of 2003 I have been the proud bird mother to a
    > Mealy Amazon, he was 8 months old when I got him, so that
    > puts him a little over 3 years old now. Every since
    > bringing him home I have worked very hard on socializing
    > him, I take him on frequent car rides and he has two macaw
    > sized cages with about 7-8 toys in each (I attend college,
    > so he has a cage where I live during school and one at
    > home). Sometimes I leave him at home with my folks for two
    > or three days if I dont think I will have the tine for him
    > that week or if sometimes prohibits me from bringing him
    > along. He has never bit ANYone since I have had him- and he
    > has a habit of stepping off onto anyone who gets to close
    > and making kissy noises at them, and knows about 30
    > different phrases, which is pretty good being that Mealys
    > are not well known talkers....ok, now that you have some
    > background here is my problem.........
    > I went on vacation last week and left him for seven days
    > with my folks-in his cage and in his home, were he lives
    > with me. When I came back on Monday his entire chest area
    > was bald!!!!!!! I promptly took him to my vet who (after
    > running tests to make sure it wasnt anything else) told me
    > that it was a separation issue where I had left him, and
    > that he should stop plucking now that I was home (although
    > now I must come up with a solution anytime I want to go on
    > vacation as it is likely to happen again. Anyways, I came
    > home and rearranged all of his toys to change up his
    > environment and even have begun showering with him every
    > day (the vet said this would be good for him) in an effort
    > to get him to stop.
    > Well, as long as I am home he is fine, doesnt pluck even if
    > he is in his cage and not out on his playstand at the
    > moment. However, the moment I leave to go to work he must
    > begin plucking again because for the past two nights I have
    > came home to feathers in the bottom of his cage. It doesnt
    > matter if anyone else spends time with him or not. As it
    > stands, the vet told me that if he continues that we would
    > have to look at other options, such as the dreaded cone.
    > Does anyone have any suggestions to get my precious baby to
    > stop!!!???

    Just caught my typo...I have had him since March of 2004, not