African Grey Feather Plucking Possibility (Unsure)
by Dennis Neymit
Picture of Possible Area Wear Plucking May Be
Lately, I have been noticing an area on my African Grey's, Ruby's, back where there have been less feathers. She is currently one year, two months old and African Grey Parrots are supposed to start molting at this age. I am currently unsure whether the area with fewer feathers is as a result of feather plucking or molting.
This has only been occurring for the last couple of days so it is likely not yet a habit of hers. I believe that one possibility for the plucking is the fact that we had bathroom remodeling for the past three weeks and Ruby had to be moved to an area she was not used to living in; plus the workers made a lot of noise. The workers finished about five days ago and Ruby is back to where her cage used to be. It would be really helpful to know whether she is molting or if she really has a feather plucking problem. If you think that she does, could you recommend what I should do?
Dennis and Ruby
(Here is the picture of Ruby and the area I think she may have either a molt or feather picking)