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Bird Feather Destruction Checklist

Use this checklist if your observe your bird feather picking

By Chris Davis

African grey parrot, bird feather picking, bird feather plucking
Some feather destructive behaviors could be linked to a medical condition. Courtesy Heather Strella, California

1. Have your bird examined by a veterinarian who practices avian medicine.

2. Determine the length of time the bird has been feather picking.

3. Examine all known physical and emotional factors in the bird’s environment.

4. Determine when and where the bird is most likely to destroy its feathers.  Observe, as well, the manner in which the bird destroys its feathers.

5. Contact an experienced companion bird behavior consultant.

6. Dedicate your time to, and focus on, eliminating the problem.

7. If all attempts to eliminate the problem fail, remember that your bird is not really trying to drive you crazy, it only seems that way; and, that “bald is beautiful.”

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My cockatiel Yuuki is plucking, she doesn't like mirrors, whistling, she doesn't play with her toys like her parakeet brother. She has everything a Bird would want, yet she still plucks. I don't think it's stress,because I don't think we do anything to stress her out.
Cassandra, Lewiston, ID
Posted: 5/7/2015 3:57:29 PM
My little parrotlet plucked for the first time at age 4. She had broken her back, and we believe it was the stress of being handicapped.
janet, henderson, NV
Posted: 1/15/2012 1:34:58 PM
enjoyed this
valerie, glen oaks, NY
Posted: 12/25/2011 10:20:03 PM
Good article
joan, franklin square, NY
Posted: 12/25/2011 5:37:59 PM
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