Male eclectus feather plucking

my eclectus parrot has started plucking his chest and neck area just a little, and since eclectus have different needs than other parrots, I was wondering if you have any "species specific" suggestions for feather pluckers that you can give me. I am pretty sure that the cause for my bird’s plucking is stress related, because in the year and a half that he has been with me (since he was 4 months old) I have never changed anything in his diet nor in his environment. I have taken extra precaution in giving him a healthy eclectus diet, toys, play time and interaction with me, because I cannot afford to let him get sick as there are no avian vets here in Mexico where I live. I think the plucking was triggered by me going out of town for three days and leaving him in the care of my family. I am his main caregiver, so I guess this affected him very much. I have done the showers, alternated with aloe spritzing, the foraging, even the bitter spray thing. He stops for a while and out of the blue he plucks again. Please help!!!
Thank you so much. I sincerely appreciate any help that you can give me.

Kind regards, Maree

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Aug 14, 2008
Plucking eclectus needs vet in mexico
by: Maree

Yes, I was referring to their diet needs. I was under the assumption that pellets were a no-no for eclectus. Anyway, I'll start my green boy on Harrison's and see how it goes on.
I surely appreciate the trouble you have gone through to help me. I'll call the number you gave me, although it is from Mexico City, and I live in Baja, maybe they can help me find a good avian vet here. Thank you so much, and have a good day.
Kind regards, Maree

Aug 13, 2008
Plucking Eclectus needs vet in Mexico
by: The Vet

I am not sure what special needs for Eclectus you are referring to, but if you are talking about their diet they do very well on Harrison's bird foods. Feather plucking can be caused by SO MANY THINGS. 90% or more of them are medical problems and should be THOROUGHLY worked up by an experienced avian veterinarian.

It is possible that it is caused by separation anxiety, but you should not assume that this is the cause.

I met a couple of avian veterinarians at the conference I am attending this week who are from Mexico. One of the is Dr Raul Santin, Wings and Feathers animal Hospital, his number is 527771193693. I don't know if he is near you, but maybe he can help you find someone who is.

Dr. B

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