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Post: Greenwing plucking... Need Suggestions

Posted by Rachel in TX on 10/23/07

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    I am asking for suggestions, please no negative feedback!

    Our greenwing has been plucking since spring break. It
    first started when we went on vacation for several days.
    We had a pet sitter, but that obviously is not the same
    routine that he was used to. The first plucking was on
    his shoulder area of his wings. It has now gone over to
    other parts of his body. His feathers are not as full as
    they used to be. You can mainly tell he is plucking these
    areas when I have him soaked down. When new feathers
    begin to come in, he will pluck them out & let out a
    little scream. I know that it hurts him, but I believe he
    enjoys it or is addicted to it. He will play with it in
    his beak for a while. He will even pluck while perched on
    our arm.

    We have tried different remedies. We have tried changing
    his cage & toys around. We have tried the Pluck no More.
    I have tried another spray for his feathers. I have tried
    vitamins drops for his water. I am now in the process of
    using aloe & water spray downs. He receives a lot of
    attention & lots of toys to shred. I have not taken him
    to the vet for this because I was trying to see if we
    could stop it on our own.

    We have tried to think of anything else that could have
    caused this behavior. All we can come up with is that he
    didn't like that we went on vacation and had separation
    anxiety. For the record, we no longer go on vacation
    without our macaws.

    I am now asking others for help. Do you have any other
    suggestions that maybe we have missed, or should I just
    take him to the avian vet? If so, what should I suggest
    to have him tested for, food allergies or possible
    toxins? Also, do they have the E-collars for birds? If
    so, do they even work or last?

    I want to thank you in advance for your help and
    suggestions! Again, I do not want to hear any negative
    feed-backs or comments.

    Thanks - Rachel in TX.

Posts on this thread, including this one
  • Greenwing plucking... Need Suggestions, 10/23/07, by Rachel in TX.
  • Re: Greenwing plucking... Need Suggestions, 10/28/07, by Donna.
  • Re: Greenwing plucking... Need Suggestions, 11/02/07, by GreyLady.
  • Re: Greenwing plucking... Need Suggestions, 11/22/07, by Matt.