my 4 year old parrot has pulled feathers out and swarks when i leave the room

by shelley
(england)

hello i have brought a conure parrot and was told he pulled his feathers out because he got put in with anouther bird,we have only had him a day and he is not very friendly! he also sqaurks every time we go out of the room and makes like this growling sound now and again,is there any way of me stopping this and can he be trained even thou he is 4 years old,will his feathers grow back?

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Aug 08, 2009
New Parrot
by: Linda

I am 100% behind Dr. B. and Tracie, so please read and study everything she has pointed you to.

Another issue is new parrots are always scared of their new people, new cage, new house, new everything. It takes them about a week to settle in properly and feel comfortable with all the new things. Also, a trip to an Avian vet is a MUST as your new bird could have an infection especially after being around a lot of other birds, so BEFORE ANY TRAINING, MAKE SURE YOUR NEW FRIEND IS HEALTHY ENOUGH FOR THE WORK.

For now, give him some space, and let him come out of cage whenever you are there to supervise. By supervision, I mean DO NOT LEAVE THE ROOM WHEN HE IS OUTSIDE HIS CAGE. If you have a playtop on top of his cage, make sure he has safe and size-appropriate toys. Buy toys made using only Cotton Rope, NOT NYLON, stainless steel or nickel plated chain and hardware. When buying toys always ask about the hardware and chain. Ask them if they are nickel plated or if they used parts covered with ZINC. Zinc is as poisonous to birds as LEAD, so be careful about toys. Use natural wood branch perches, so bird's feet are on a more comfortable, natural material. Make sure cage is roomy enough for him to fully extend his wings and flap them whenever he wants to as this is good exercise.

Feed him a high quality pelleted diet like Harrison's which Tracie carries out here. She also carries their Birdy Bread Mix and get the organic Red Palm Oil for it. Use two egg WHITES NOT THE YELLOWS in the mix. The bread will help bird in the changeover from seeds to pellets. The changeover takes some time so keep putting a little seed mix in bottom of bowl and put the pellets and a little of the bread on top. He will be eating right in no time. Do not feed table food, anything sweet or salty as sugar and salt are poison for birds. Feed him his pellets, bread, deep green, yellow and orange veggies like dark green lettuce(no spinich), squash and baked sweet potato for snacks. Snacks like veggies and fruit should be no more than 10% of a bird's diet (not that much).

So, get him to an Avian vet in your area, get him started on nutritious foods, make sure his toys and cage are safe and give him some time to get to know you before starting training. TRUST IS EARNED NOT FREELY GIVEN, and this is very much true with the parrots. He is afraid and needs to be reassured that you are going to be his friend. He calls out to you because he is afraid, so I suggest you take him out of cage quite a bit, talk to him and walk around with him to show him your and his new home. Keep us posted and congrats on your new friend!
Linda

Aug 08, 2009
Feather plucking and screaming
by: Tracie

Dr B has written some information as a response to others questions on feather destruction and loss on our Parrot Training page.

Please read the articles on feather plucking and destruction and also some of the training articles. It sounds like your bird is stressed and by reading these articles you will be able to have a better understanding on how to help him. If you follow the suggestions in these articles you and your bird will get along much better.

Dr B also suggests that you take your bird to see an avian vet soon. He might have a disease or nutritional problem that is causing the feather destruction.

Thank you for taking this bird and trying to help it. Just remember that they don't think like us and do not understand why we think the noise they make is not pleasant. They are just doing what they were created to do. It is their way of communication and sometimes enjoyment.

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