Congo African grey chewing feathers on her legs

by Erich VonFuerstenberg@yahoo.com
(Parma Ohio)

10 yr old Congo African grey chewing feathers on her legs. Rose has been in perfect health and feather and within the last 2 days she has literally plucked the down feathers off her legs! There are two patches one on each leg. Shes on rowdy bush pellets and eats grapes apples and almonds.

She hasn't ever had this behavior prior to this. I distracted her and put cubed ice in her water bowl and she seems to be entertained long enough to leave her legs alone. Any ideas as to what I should do? Shes 10 and never been in a breeding situation. I mist her daily or put her in the shower and soak her good.

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Jul 26, 2013
African grey chewing feathers on legs
by: Tracie

African greys do have nervous issues, so it could be something as silly as buying something like putting something new near its cage. It could also be a sign of something wrong internally too though, so you need to have an avian vet examine the bird in person.

Here is a good article by our avian vet.

Feather Damaging Behavior article

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