Post: Greenwing plucking... Need Suggestions
Posted by Rachel in TX on 10/23/07
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
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.