Quaker Parrot plucking issues.
(Clearwater, FL USA)
My quaker parrot "Mango" just started plucking about 4 days ago. He is just about to turn 2 in a couple of months. He has been seen by a vet and is has been on a very healthy diet of fresh veggies, fruit, pellet and very little seed. We give him a variety of foraging toys and lots of love and attention. His disposition has totally changed and my wife and I are at our wits end.
The vet did a complete work-up and found nothing wrong from blood or stool samples and we requested DNA sexing to be done as well. The DNA will be back in two weeks. Well, after several hundred dollars at the vet including $30 of FAKE eggs for him/her to sit on, we still have no answers and no improvement and now there seems to be bruising on his beak. He/she has no trouble eating or drinking but couldn't this be the start of some other underlying cause in conjunction with the feather plucking? What can we do?
Please help!!! This little guy is a member of the family and honestly is on a better diet than I am!!! We did a lot of research and discussed thoroughly every aspect of bringing him home so that we could be good owners and I now feel like we are letting him/her down. There are no toxins of any sort used and even our own laundry detergent is hypo allergenic.
The only thing I am guilty of is having the occasional cigarette but I always wash and then sanitize my hands before ever handling him. What can we do?
I honestly don't by into the bird puberty theory from our vet.