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Re: Getting ready to adopt???Should I????

Posted by GreyLady on 11/29/09
(4) Comments

    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 the
    feathers. Good for you if you can give him a solid home and
    best of luck to you.