Re: Plucking or ???
Posted by JKCASWELL on 1/11/08
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!
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.