feather plucking

by crysta
(georgia)

i have a quaker and he is an adult. he has never plucked his feathers before until today. i hear him banging his beak against his cage and i go to see what was wrong and his chest was filled with blood. i soon discovered he was bitting himself and also on his shoulder he plucked some feathers.

the only change i did to his cage was yesterday i gave him a new water bowl and since this happened today, i now replaced the new water bowl with the old one as i have heard that changing the environment of a bird can cause stress. i don't know what else it can be. please help! thank you.

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Aug 12, 2011
Quaker suddenly plucking
by: The Avian Vet

This is a complicated problem and you need to see a specialist IMMEDIATELY. This is common in Quakers and is called Quaker Mutilation Syndrome. It is sometimes related to stress, anxiety and other behaviors, however, most of the birds I see have a medical condition that causes it. I stress that you find an avian specialist, but I have attached some other things you can use to help.

Feather Damaging Behavior article

feather plucking remedies

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