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Re: Plucking or ???

Posted by Meeko's Mom on 1/12/08
(9) Comments

    I would switch back to newspaper to see if she still tries to
    stick her legs in the grate.

    On 1/11/08, JKCASWELL wrote:
    > 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
    > but she is curious about it.
    > Jenn