feather plucking

by Rhonda
(De Graff, Ohio)

Is there somthing I can do to stop my black capped conure from plucking out his tail feathers? he has lots of toys (that I rotate weekly), I have music on for him when no one is home, he spends most of his time on my shoulder when I am home, he gets fresh food and water daily with a mixture of seed, veggies, and grapes, and apples.

He is not plucking any other feathers - just his tail. the skin around his hind end looks fine. It is not red, inflamed, or dry and scaly. He is healthy in every other way I can see. I bought him from a pet store about a week ago. He had already been plucking his tail feathers out there. But he is so sweet, I had to have him.

I couple of them where growing back and he plucked both of them out while he sat on my shoulder. then his hindend was bleeding out of those two spots :( Please help. He is such a great bird. He is 9 1/2 months old. I already know he needs to get into a vet an I will be doing that about the first week of Dec.

Thanks for any advice.

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Nov 07, 2011
Bird pulling tail feathers out
by: Tracie

He could have an internal infection that is causing him to do this. Please go ahead and Find an Avian Vet to examine your bird instead of waiting until December.

You did not mention pellets. Your bird should be eating 80% quality pellets like Harrison's or Roudybush and 20% healthy treats. Do not feed table food because salt, sugar and additives are harmful. Stay far away from colored pellets and pellets with sugar and tons of chemicals.

Switching Birds To Pellets article

In the future, do not purchase birds from stores or people that are not willing to take the bird to an avian vet to make sure it is healthy and disease free. If they don't take their birds to an avian vet, then it is a sign that they are in it for the money and their birds are not in the best of health.

Here is a Feather Damaging Behavior article that was written by an avian vet.

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