Pulling out feathers

by Naseem
(UAE)

Hi my african grey is around 1 1/2 years old. recently he started pulling out the feathers on his leg. is there anything i can do and what could be the cause of this. he refuses to eat any of the nutritional food n only picks out sunflower seeds and he eats all the wood perches in his cage.

He does not come to any of us no matter how much we've coaxed and tried.

Please let me know what i should do.

Thanks

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Dec 15, 2008
AG pulling out feathers
by: The Vet

Feather plucking is a complicated problem, and often times is not curable, unless a cause can be found. A cause can only be found if you have some diagnostic work performed by a veterinarian.

I recommend that you first take your bird to see an avian veterinary specialist. You should have a thorough work up done, including blood work, cultures, viral screening, and possibly skin biopsies.

In the meantime there are some things that you can do to improve his chances of successful treatment.

Read the article I wrote "Feather Plucking Help."

Hope this helps. Please let me know.

Dr B

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