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Re: Plucking or ???

Posted by JKCASWELL on 1/11/08
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    On 1/11/08, JKCASWELL wrote:
    > I need some thoughts about my Scarlet. Within the past
    > week, Lucy has started losing her feathers on her legs
    > only. I have not once seen her plucking, though I am at
    > work during the day. One thing that I have noticed though,
    > is she stands on the bottom of her cage and tries to reach
    > the bedding below. The bottom grate, is 8 inches above the
    > tray, and she stretches further with her leg, and rubs it
    > back and forth trying desperately to grab the bedding.
    > Could this possibly be the cause of her missing leg
    > feathers? I should add that she goes from one leg to the
    > other, and feathers are missing from both. She otherwise
    > appears to be happy and content and quite normal for her.
    > I have an appointment set up with the vet, I was just
    > hoping that you could give me some input on this before my
    > vet appointment, which is on Monday. I am very concerned,
    > as this is something that is very unusual for her. She has
    > always had spectacular feathering, and is a very careful
    > groomer. I also have gotten another Macaw about a month
    > ago, and while they are separated from each other, they are
    > very aware that the other exists, and they talk to each
    > other all day long. I have been very careful about
    > sanitizing between the two, even though Blu's health check
    > was good. Lucy's personality hasn't changed at all since
    > Blu moved in. She is always the same ornery girl, who gets
    > all of my attention, as usual. Blu has become my teenage
    > daughter's best friend, so she spends all the time with
    > Blu. Please Please, any response would be so appreciated!
    > Jenn
    I should also add, I switched from newspaper to Corn Cob
    bedding about 2 weeks ago. She can not reach it, so I know
    she is not ingesting any of it, or coming in contact with it,
    but she is curious about it.