I was searching the web to find out why our conure is plucking and came across this website. I noticed a similar problem and would like to find out more about what we can do to help our bird.
We have a Green Cheek Conure that is 6 years old who started plucking her feathers about a month ago. We took her to the vet and they ran every test possible and found nothing. She was perscribed some medicine to ease the soreness on her skin.
The last couple days we noticed that she was eating the toilet paper tubes instead of her food. We are not sure what is wrong. Here are answers to the questions asked in the simular situation:
First we need to determine why she is plucking.
Have you had her DNA sexed as a female? Yes,recently, no results yet.
What is her diet? mixture of seeds and pellets, banana, carrots, broccolli, bread, cereal. Basically whatever fresh fruit and veggie that we eat each day. She eats when we eat.
How much light is she getting? Is it full spectrum? Yes, we have a daytime light lamp.
Does she have opportunity to forage? not really.
What has changed in her routine, environment, lifestyle, etc. recently? nothing has changed.
Does she drink from a water bottle? Yes
Does this happen the same time of year? first time plucking
Do you have other pets? No
Does anyone smoke tobacco in the home? No
What size is her cage? 36x30x18
Is she vaccinated for Avian Polyomavirus? Yes
What do you use in the cage tray? clear plastic trash bags that we cut to fit