My 10 yr old umbrella cockatoo is over preening
I recently brought home this sweet bird. HIs owner had passed away and he has a lump like a soft fatty tumor under his abdomen. i took him to the vet and they will run some tests to see if it is a tumor or a hernia. whomever cut his feathers last did and awful job and they may be itching him. when will these grow back?
i dont think he has ever flown because of his hesitation to jump and his crash landings when he does. unfortunately his feathers arent cut for gliding. he cries at night for about five minutes then goes to sleep when i ignore him. he tried to attack me one time while me and my boyfriend were playing with him. he likes my boyfriend more than me for some reason. i think it is a male because or his dark brown irises. hes also bitten my lip when i was giving him kisses also normally he likes kisses and will make kissy noises when he wants one.
he tries to only poop in his cage although when you gotta go you gotta go and were not always home.. he understands the word no very well. he steps up and down no problem. could the over preening be because of the horibbly cut feathers? its only on one side of his body though. could it also be from stress from a new home and owner?
his diet is diverse and he eats very well. he is not aggressive, just in those couple incidents. he talks alot and dances and i take him outside with me a lot. he meets lots of people and is very very friendly to them. i have never owned a bird before, noone was lookin at this sweetie in the shop because of his lump and i purchased him and the large cage for 200 dollars. i wanted to at least give him a chance and he is a very good bird.
i am a female though so i dont understand why he likes males better! ive done a lot of research, i just really dont want him to start plucking his feathers out.