Plucking coffin cockatoo is now self mutilating! Help

by Donna
(Orlando)

I have a 4 year old male coffin who started plucking almost 2 years ago. He has now put a small hole in his chest. I have tried Everything and don't know what to do. I bought him a flight vest and finally got it on him today and he froze and just sat and screamed. Can someone please help before it gets so bad he dies. He has a large macaw cage filled with all kinds of toys, eats and always has a pelleted food to which I add mango because he loves it.

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Oct 07, 2013
Might help
by: Anonymous

Find him a companion instead of playing by himself find him someone to play with that way he's got constant attention

Editor's note: You can't be sure he will enjoy a companion, they may fight. You will have twice the mess, noise and expenses. If you decide to purchase another bird, the new bird must live in it's own cage until the birds decide if they WANT to be together.

Jan 08, 2012
Pluckikng cockatoo
by: Chris Haydel

I, too, have a plucking G2, and after reading 200 articles and speaking with a specialist, who told me to break off the realationship with my G2 and I would have a better chance for her to stop plucking.(Don't give her as much attention.) This advice I thought would be more harmful than helpful, but then I am so predjudice. Articles say that these birds are very complicated and we will not know the multipal reasons for their plucking in our life time. (The variables have variables, if you can understand this.)

SO, I give my 2.5 year old hand feed "child" all the attention I possibly can, provide foraging toys and chew materials. (She has her own 2 leather tool belts in which I fill the pockets with diffent items of food and non-food play toys and things she likes to bite on. My house has become one large aviary, to some extent, what with a cockatiel and a green cheek conure, also. The four of us eat breakfast and supper on my flat stove.

This is all I can possibly do to discourage her from plucking herself. Ignoring her, I thought would have been inhumain. Its get me down at times. Other times, I feel that it should be against the law for them to be breed in captivity, but I purchased one, so there you are...

Continue to read about your breed and stay informed, feed your baby good foods and give him love. Talking about it helps. My best to you. SOulds like another self-help program where one goes to a meeting to feel better. Sounds like alanon. ch


Jan 08, 2012
Cockatoo mutilating self
by: Tracie

Please read our Feather Damaging Behavior article that our avian vet wrote. Then please Find an Avian Vet to examine your bird. It may have something internally wrong causing this behavior.

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