pulling feathers

by denise wilkinson

hi my african gray is about 6 month old he has started to pull out his red feathers is this normal

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Aug 16, 2009
Feather Plucking
by: Linda

Denise, it is never normal for the parrots to pluck their feathers, and so you need to find out what the reason is. The Greys, like the Cockatoos are very sensitive and emotional. They need a lot of attention, toys that are changed out at least every two months, and large roomy cages where they feel comfortable enough to spread their wings fully and flap inside their cage without hitting either wing on sides of cage.

Diet can also have a lot to do with this though boredom or nervousness and stress are usually main problems. Make sure he is eating a high quality organic pelleted diet like Harrison's with a few treats like dark green leafy lettuce (no spinich), dark yellow and organce squash and baked sweet potato. No table foods and/or most people foods allowed as these have large amounts of fat, salt and sugar all of which are bad for your bird.

If you have not taken him in to An Avian Vet in your area, now is the time. Birds should be taken in when first brought home as they may be carrying bacterial infections and/or internal/external parasites. They should be taken in at least once a year to make sure all is well. So, please make an appointment with an Avian Vet in your area and make sure he is not ill as this will cause numerous problems to show up like feather plucking, bad feathering and lack of energy.

Keep us posted and thank you for writing.


Aug 16, 2009
Bird pulling out feathers
by: Tracie

If your bird is pulling out all or most of it's tail feathers, then there is something wrong and you need to get your bird to an avian vet.

If your bird is molting and when a single feather is ready to come out and your bird pulls it out, this is normal.

Birds should see an avian vet once a year for check ups and getting vaccinated, if your bird has not been to a vet yet, this might be a good time to make an appointment.

Here is a link to our Find an Avian Vet page in case you need to find a vet.

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