African Gray pulling feathers

by Rosanne
(North Tonawanda, New York )

After having my African Gray for 20 years now (since a baby)she has just started to pull her feathers out and attacks me more often than normal. Nothing has changed but my bird. She is almost bald over night .... help... Do not know how to stop this behavior. She has a very balanced diet with lots of fresh vegetables and fruits with proteins and calcium..... I am so stressed and confused over this ..... even tried misting more frequently. Also giving her extra vitamins in food and water since this all started. Help...... Rosanne

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May 28, 2011
Bird suddenly pulling out feathers
by: Tracie

I you think the bird has a "balanced diet" but you have no way of knowing how much of each thing the bird will eat and what the nutritional value is. Also, what chemicals are in the food that might cause the bird's tiny organs to suffer?

You need to first take your bird to an avian vet right away for blood tests and an exam. The vet will also ask about any new toys, if your toaster oven has Teflon coating, your iron has Teflon etc. Only the blood test will show if any of the food you fed the bird was tainted with a chemical or poison from the field it was grown in or sprayed on it to preserve it in transit.

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After visiting the avian vet, please put your bird on a healthy pellet diet like Harrison's.

Discontinue the vitamins right away! They can kill your bird quickly by giving too much of something it doesn't need and causing kidney failure. (I know from experience, I killed a bird this way.)

Switching Birds to Pellets article

Whatever you do, don't beat yourself up over all of this. You did the right thing by writing here and you didn't know about healthy pellets and that chemicals in fresh food and table food could make your bird sick.

Internal infections can make a bird suddenly pluck also. They feel something inside and are trying to get to it and end the discomfort. Again, lack of proper nutrition and also bacteria in water bowls, if you don't have a Lixit water bottle.

Please write back and let us know what the avian vet finds.

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