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Date:7/31/2014 9:10:42 AM
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Well, I hope you are able to stop his plucking! I would still test any cage and many of the toys he likes for lead at least...you can get a test at a hardware store. That will not show zinc, but just in case it does have lead in it. Heavy metals can come from anyware, and there have been several scandals with cages containing lead. Another simple idea to stop lucking (or hormones, which is what I use it for) is to stuff teh cage with shreddable and chewable toys. Absolutely stuff. Do not black food dishes, but make it more difficult to get to them. Make it so he can not get anywhere without chewing to get there. I mean stuff it! Then he will have something else to but his energy against, and will hopefully have to leave his feathers alone. I would keep googling anything you can about plucking or anything else you notice about him, since plucking usually is a layer off things, often involing something being wrong with the health, so you want to stop the cause as well as the effect. Here is a really good website -http://www.newyorkbirds.net/featherdestructivebeh- avior.html it is certainly a long and complete on, so you might want to read it in segments. I hope the sweater work1 I tried it on Lola, but since her plucking was so far up, as well as lower, it did not really cover it.
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