Cockatoo plucked most chest feathers

Cockatoo has plucked most of its chest feathers, can it be saved? I went to a local bird market today to get some toys for my pet cockatiel. There I saw a white cockatoo, who made my heart cry. From the back all its feathers are in tact but from the front it has plucked out all his feathers from his chest. I even noticed a shiney reddish spot where it had scratched some skin off.

My question is, can I save this bird? If I were to bring it home, is there a way it could survive?

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Jan 02, 2014
Cockatoo plucked chest feathers
by: Tracie

Yes, possibly. You would need to take the bird to an avian vet to make sure it is not a disease or an infection causing this. If it is behavioral it is possible you could work with it to get it to stop, but either way the bird would live even if the feathers don't grow back as long as the bird is healthy.

Please follow this link to our Feather Damaging Behavior article that was written by our avian vet.

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