Pet sitting for a Green Cheek Conure that plucks...
Hi, I'm pet sitting for a green cheek conure that has a history of plucking. I've had her at my house for 4 days now and she'll be with me for another 12. Her owner said the plucking started about a year ago when another bird at her home began humping/harrasing her. They've since gotten rid of the other bird to aliviate the conures stress level but she stills plucks her chest and top of her wings on occasion.
She's on a mostly seeded diet supplimented with plenty of fresh fruits and veggies and is otherwise healthy. The owners take fantastic care of her and she's in a large cage with PLENTY of toys. I have her in my guest room with my 3 other birds (an amazon, cockatiel, and parakeet)because her owner thought she'd like the stimulation of watching/hanging out with the other birds. I don't allow them to play together though because she can be a bit of a bully.
I noticed her 'over-preening' the second day she arrived and tried spending more one-on-one time with her. But today I came home from work and the area on her chest has gotten much worse. I'm pretty sure she's plucking because of the stress of her family being away and being taken into a new enviornment but I really don't want the owners to come back to a naked bird! Is there anything I can do to calm her down/make her more comfortable till she goes back home? My 1st reaction is to move her to my bedroom so she's away from my birds in case they're what's causing extra stress but her owner said that would make her feel isolated. Please help!