feather plucking habbit

my alexandrine parrot pair is plucking its feathers for the past many years. the vet has not been successful in eliminating this problem. they are not healthy birds however, i keep them on fruits, grains, raw veggies, etc. they both donot mate. they have been together for the past 6 years. the female parrot is aggressive and the male one is submissive but they dont get along together. i will send u the pictures if u want.

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Jul 10, 2011
by: Anonymous

Dear Tracy

I have lost my male alexandrine to a cat. i m really heart broken tracy...he was my 8 year old kid. he ws my family. he never let me cry cox he ws there to literally wipe away my tears. he wud talk to me. get angry with me. pepsi, noodles, and rice were his most favorites. i just cant get over him..i dnt believe he's gone..and that too in such a terrible way...i cudnt ease his pain..i cudnt save him...he would have died horribly. is there any way i can have my kid back????
anything that could bring him back??? i cant seee him anywhere nw..his side of the cage is empty...forever

Apr 29, 2011
Feather plucking help
by: Tracie

I am not sure if it was you or someone else that responded below. If it was you, then please visit these links in this message. An in person visit is the only way Dr B can help, and if it is behavioral then it is up to the bird to respond. You need to find a different avian vet to help you. Find an Avian Vet

We do have feather plucking remedies
and foraging toys that may help if this is behavioral and not a health issue.

For better health, please read the Switching Birds to Pellets article and the other health related articles on our Parrot Training page.

Apr 29, 2011
healthy diet for parrots
by: Anonymous

i really need guidance to keep my parrots healthy and i have developed a very close bond with them so i want to see them healthy and happy. is there any way i can stop their bad habit of feather plucking??? the vets here are no help.

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Feather Damaging Behavior article

Apr 28, 2011
Feather plucking birds
by: Tracie

You say they are not healthy, this is because their diet needs to be a healthy pellet diet, like Harrison's, with only about 20% healthy treats.

It is possible that something you are feeding them they are allergic to, or maybe even the chemicals fed to the fruit and vegetable plants if you are not feeding organic foods to your birds.

Dr B would like you to read his Feather Damaging Behavior article for more information on this subject.

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