Pecking Issue post Trauma
Hi There, I have a blue and gold macaw who was injured by a car in October last year. He has since developed a pecking habit on his back and has had to be treated for the resulting septic sores. He has been incubated and treated with painkillers and been on antibiotics three times. Yesterday my vet removed ingrown feathers from the area under anaesthetic.
His back looks great now - but he is already pecking again and refused the antiinflammatory dose this morning that the vet gave me (he threw the food away that had the dose on). The vet advises sometimes these birds develop habits after trauma that can't be broken and also informs me a cone is not an option.
He is otherwise exeptionally active and healthy. He is not caged. Please help I am at my wits end - he has been x rayed and there seems to be no permanent damage from the initial accident - he lost all his tail feathers but they have grown back.