Cockatoo puffs chest

by Tucker

I have a cockatoo I purchased 3 days ago and she is pulling her chest feathers out. What do I need to do and why is she doing it

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Sep 24, 2011
Cockatoo puffs chest and pulls feathers out
by: Tracie

I strongly suggest you Find an Avian Vet to examine your bird, to rule out illness. It could be stress plucking, but sometimes it is due to them trying to get to the discomfort they feel inside.

Please read our Feather Damaging Behavior article that was written by an avian vet.

Sep 24, 2011
Feather Plucking...
by: Anonymous

Cockatoos and african greys are known for doing this. Most of the time its caused by the bird becoming bored. Make sure there are lots of toys in the cage and try to get toys that resemble feathers or hair, that may help give your bird something else to focus on instead of his/her own feathers. Other times this is a practice the bird has been involved with in the past and its now become a habit, kind of like people who bite their nails. Just to be safe, take your bird to an avian vet to eliminate the possibilty of mites or any other kind of pest or a skin issue, and the vet may also suggest an E-collar. Those are the plastic (lamp shade) collars that will make it impossible for her to pluck at her/himself.

Sep 24, 2011
cockatoo
by: Anonymous

Your cockatoo could be nervous in it's new surrounds, or could have an allergy to certain foods, etc. You need to get it to an avian vet to rule out any other diseases. There are so many reasons why a cockatoo will pluck, some are mental and some are medical.

I could't pinpoint the exact reason. I would suggest getting blood work done by an avian specialist.

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