African grey plucking her back feathers

by Jen
(Salisbury )

My African Grey (female) keeps plucking on her back feathers and now started on her chest. She isn't going bald, she's just making all her feathers shorter and very fluffy all over, looks a ball of fluff and I'm not sure why she is doing this. It's something out of the ordinary for her, she still seems her normal happy self talking and whistling.I was just concerned over her plucking her feathers. Do you know why she is doing this? Thanks

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Jan 10, 2014
African grey plucking her back feathers
by: Sandra D Singh

Jen,
You didn't say, but since when did you let those two birds share the same cage? Many hours of playtime together during the day I think it's ok but twenty four hours? I'll say NO if they're my birds.
I've an Orange Winged Amazon and a Green Cheek Conure and they both have their own cages. Their cages are never closed "except" when I shall go out to run errands etc. I'm at home "almost" 24/7; I work from home. My birds are inseparable but when my Amazon wants his own space to relax or sleep he'd run the Conure back into her own cage. The Conure loves to cuddle and she'd prefer to stay at the Amazon's side 24/7 and only go into her cage to eat and sleep.
I've had many birds and they'll loved their own spaces. Now I've only two and they're no different from the previous ones. They love their "own" spaces, especially when they shall sleep.
I do think that your bird isn't happy sharing her space every day with another bird. That could be stressing her out. It's taking a toll on her and you're NOW beginning to see the results. There're other birds in the same room and one is "in" her cage so certainly it's NOT boredom! I think that no amount of toys that you shall buy for her would solve the problem. NOTHING would matter to her if it's her "own" space that she wants; especially when she needs to sleep. Think about it, take care and God bless you both.
Don't forget to update, thank you.

Jan 10, 2014
Plucking
by: Jen

I don't think she has mites as I have 3 other parrots in the same room one of them 3 is in the cage with her and they are fine.
it may of been boredom so I have bought more toys and things to keep her entertained and see how she goes.
Thankyou for your comments.

Jan 09, 2014
African grey plucking her back feathers
by: Sandra D Singh

Hello Jen,

Your African Grey was plucking her back feathers and now she started on her chest. It's strange the way that she's just making it shorter; it puzzles me as to why she's doing that? You didn't say how old she is or how long you've had her; could she be bored?
Have you changed the position or location of her cage? Did you put anything new into her cage or take out anything from it? Anyone of those things that I mention above could be the cause for her plucking.
Plucking is NOT the habit of a healthy bird also the fluffiness all over seems to me that she's ill. Notice if she's scratching a lot and if she is, it could be that she has mites; other than that I can't think of any other reason why she'd do that.
The only person that can shed some light on the subject would be an Avian vet. Please take her as soon as possible to one before she gets more sick and dies. Birds, most of the time don't seem to be ill until it's too late. They'd usually eat, talk, sing and whistle although they're sick. Obviously you're concerned and there has to be a reason why she's doing that so please get to the root of it before it's too late. I do hope that she gets well; good luck and God bless you both.

Jan 09, 2014
Bird plucking back feathers
by: Tracie

Please make an appointment with your avian vet and read this Feather Damaging Behavior article to understand this behavior.

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