overnight feather loss
by Pirate Queen
My two year old female scarlet macaw has, overnight, plucked out most of her body feathers.
We've had her for a year and a half. We often take her out to play, but my husband has been extremely sick with kidney problems the last three weeks, including some overnight trips to the hospital. We've tried taking some time to talk to her, but her normal evening play times have been very sporadic. She's been a trooper for about three weeks now, but suddenly, overnight, she just plucked almost all of her feathers out, around her vent and on her back near the base of her tail. oO
She was fine when we had her on the bed to play Saturday. Sunday was a rough day and we let her out to play on her gym, though we didn't cuddle her much. Now, Monday morning, boom. Bald vent, bald back.
She gets a high quality, pelleted diet, supplemented by fresh fruit and produce.
My husband is has some long-term illnesses that keep him laying down often and she's in our bedroom, so she has company almost all the time and spends lots of time talking to us (among other things, she knows my name and can request "out" and her bedtime song).
The room is too dark. With this last bout of family health problems and the chilly weather lately, it's been a while since she had a bath. I've been remiss on making her new toys in the last few weeks.
What do you think? Is my little pirate girl becoming a stressed out woman or does such a sudden and extensive feather plucking mean I need to take her to a doctor? :(