My bird has been pulling out her feathers. She has completely pulled out her red tail. Her wings are short. She is eating ok and drinking water ok. we do not know what to do. I know this is a behavorial problem for greys but she was doing so good. Now she is pulling out alot of her feathers. what can we do. We have not taken her to a vet.
The reasons for feather plucking in birds is quite long. yes, behavior can be a common reason however the other medical reasons should be explored to make sure there is not another reason for her to pluck her feathers. Definately this is something that should be investigated by an avian veterinarian. There are a number of diagnositics that should be done to see if there is a medical reason for the feather pulling and if then everything points to behavioral then they can work with you to discuss behavior modification techniques and even perhaps anxiety medication that may help. It is always important to make sure your bird is on a good quality pelleted diet supplemented with fresh veggies, whole grains, legumes, and a small amount of fruit. Always make sure there is not an environmental irritant for her such as a smoker in the house or aerosol air fresheners, etc. Making sure your bird gets enough sleep is very important also (at least 8 hours in a quite room by themselves). Providing interactive toys that are suppose to be destroyed is also helpful to keep their smart little brain occupied. Lastly, making sure adequate socialization/training/handling time happens consistently on a daily basis. Best wishing in your endeavor to help your africal grey to grow her feathers back and leave them alone.
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