African Grey self mutilating

My African Grey is self mutilating his back, there have a been a couple of changes at my home, my son has recently moved out, and there's a new edition to the family, I moved my parrots cage a few weeks ago, to try and make more room.

I only noticed his back last night, so have moved his cage back to were it was before, I have not been in the house as much as I would liked to have been either over the last couple of weeks, could these changes be the cause of why he is mutilating? any help would be great thanx.

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Mar 31, 2012
That happened to an African Grey of a friend of mine
by: PR

He went to the vet and put on him an elizabethan collar customed made for birds. It worked it's purpose, he learned better.

Mar 22, 2012
self mutalating.
by: Anonymous

There is a difference btwn self mutatlating vs plucking. Plucking can lead to mutalation.

Plucking is when they just pull feathers out. Mutalation is when they have visible open sores.

Plucking can lead to mutalation. Your bird sounds as though he's not only stressed out, but that he's lonely, and possibly bored.

It's great you moved the cage back, however you need to find the time each day to spend with your bird. Bored birds are plucky birds.

Sick birds will also pluck. So first things first.. find an avian vet to rule out illness. If he's healthy then you know its bc of the change causing stress, along with being lonely and bored.

Greys are so intelligent, they need that constant stimulation from thier human flock members! If you find you just dont have time for him anymore, and making time isnt possible, then you should consider re-housing your bird before plucking and mutalation become a habbit. Habbits are hard to break. Please comsider what is best for the bird, and not you.

We understand life changes happen that are beyond control. So please.. if you cannot afford a vet, or cannot afford the time for him, he should be placed with someone who can.


Mar 21, 2012
Bird self mutiliating
by: Tracie

African gray parrots can be soooo sensitive, it can be difficult to change things up on them. It is possible that all the changes is causing the bird to pluck, but it is also possible there is something internally wrong causing this behavior.

Please read our Feather Damaging Behavior article that was written by an avian vet for more information. You may need to Find an Avian Vet to examine your bird, just in case, to make sure your bird doesn't have an infection or illness.

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