new feathers

I have a Goffin Cockatoo. I got her from a rescue center 7 months ago. She had previously been at breeder who treated her terribly. The rescue center said that she was plucked completely on her chest and legs when they got her.

When I got her the feathers were almost completely grown in on her chest and legs. She has a large cage although she is really only in it at night and for a few hours during the day. She has lots of toys that I rotate every couple days. She is on a pellet diet with fresh fruits and vegetables. I only give her seeds occasionally as a treat.

I think she is picking at the feathers on her chest. She is molting right now so there are some new feathers and I think they are irritating her. She is very generally very agreeable and really does not yell.

I read that using aloe vera juice when I mist her will help relieve the irritation. Should I try it? I am not sure what to do and I do not want her to pluck her feathers.

I would really appreciate any help!

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Feb 03, 2009
Goffin's cockatoo feather problem
by: The Vet

This is a very common problem in Goffin?s cockatoos. Most of the Goffin?s I see in my hospital come in for plucking and other feather damaging behaviors.

Please read the rest of Dr. B's response. Both the original question and his response is on the page at the link above.

Feb 02, 2009
by: Lori

I had really good luck with Pluck No More in the water and also in a mister. I also bought a bird bath spray with aloe vera in it and used it alternatly with the pluck no more. My cockatiel
no longer plucks but we are still waiting for new feathers.

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