Is it possible that my African Grey picks out her pin feathers, developing in feather loss because she never lets the new ones grow in, because i give her "too much" attention? Is there such thing?
She has been blood tested for any medical conditions and it is purely behavioral. When I adopted her she had completely naked armpits (which she still does) because she had a picking problem at her previous home. The vet said the feather follicles were permanently damaged and will never grow back. I am scared that she will be bald on her chest forever because she keeps picking at the same pin feathers that try to grow in.
I love her to death and yes I smother her with love, and she goes with me everywhere, the vet said that can be a cause, separation anxiety. It seems to make sense to me, I see all these ads on craigslist and such for CAGs up for adoption because the owners "have no time" and the photos of them, the birds are in PERFECT feather, when you would think it would be the opposite! I give her so many foraging toys and opportunities it just never surprises me when I come home and see another pin feather, gone. I dont want to have to cone her, she would go into depression! Please help!