African grey Condon wing twitch

by Roy Nicholls

I've got a Congo African grey that wing twitchs and pulls her feathers out on the neck and where her wings touch the neck like the shoulder joint

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Nov 13, 2012
African grey Condon wing twitch
by: Anonymous

You will need to take your bird to be examined by an Avian Vet in your driving area. Take him to ONLY an Avian Vet as dog and cat vets are not licensed or trained in the care of birds and will most likely do nothing and charge you a lot of money for it.

You have to first rule in or out some type of physical issue with your bird. If you had the wings clipped and they clipped up too high, then your bird is in constant pain which would cause the twitching and feather pulling in an attempt to relieve the pain. When wings are clipped only the 4-6 primary flight feathers are trimmed and these are the long feathers at the ends of each wing. If wings are trimmed up into the secondary feathers, it causes pain until new feathers come in which can be 6 months or more.

So have bird examined for infections both viral and bacterial. Have some basic bloodwork done to see how organs are functioning. Birds tend to pull their feathers out when they are either sick, bored or on the wrong kind of diet. Diets for parrots should be organic pellets like Harrison's at 80-85% of the diet. The dark green, orange and yellow veggies are fed as only 10-15% of the diet which means small amounts a few times a week. Harrisons makes a bread mix which helps in the transition from seeds or junk pellets like ZuPreem, Lafaebers. Buy and add the organic Red Palm oil make by Sunshine Factor and found here for the oil.

Below is an article on how to go about changing the diet and make no changes until your bird is given a clean bill of health or has taken medications. If the plucking continues even after that, then you will have to start looking for external reasons for the behavior, i.e., boredom, not enough exercise and too much protein of some kind or other. Feed parrots no human foods including eggs and meat as their systems cannot digest animal proteins very well and too much protein causes lots of behavorial problems.

Switching Birds To Pellets article


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