bird care - plucking and whining

my blue and gold macaw had been plucking his chest feathers and making like a high pitch whining noise? what should i do? i got vitamins for his wather and I give him Zupreem food products(mixed seed, veggie, fruit, nut)
is the whining noise and feather plucking a health issue?

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May 23, 2013
Bird plucking and whining
by: Tracie

Yes, both can be from health issues. ZuPreem, especially the colored stuff, is known to cause birds to pluck, it is also not high in nutrition but too high in sugar.

Quoting our avian vet, "ZuPreem has lots of sugar which can cause yeast infections and can lead to digestive problems. Also all of the artificial ingredients can cause problems too."

It is recommended that you feed your bird 80% high quality pellets like Harrison's or Roudybush and only 20% healthy treats.

Here is an article for you to read: Feather Damaging Behavior article

Please use this Find an Avian Vet link to find an avian vet for your bird so it can be examined to determine what is wrong and what the potential treatment might be.

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