Senegal parrot chews his feathers.

by joyce
(cerritos, ca)

I have a 13 year old Senegal, last year he started chewing his feathers down to the skin. He wouldn't pluck just chew. For the last year he has seen two different Vets, had tests, hormone shots, has been on Prozac, plus other remedies. He has had on a collar off and on for about 11 months now. Everyone now says its a habit now and will probably will have to wear a collar from now on. I don't know what to do now.

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Sep 02, 2010
Senegal parrot chewing feathers
by: The Avian Vet

Collars are not an appropriate treatment. You need to get a third opinion from a specialist. Also I have attached some other information that may help.

Feather Damaging Behavior article

Dr B

Aug 21, 2010
Senegal parrot chews his feathers.
by: LInda

First of all, find another Avian Vet immediately! Any animal or bird vet who prescribes something as dangerous as Prozac needs to be steered clear of. Animals and birds do not need antidepressants, and since they are extremely dangerous to humans, think about what they may do to your bird. Prozac is the hardest and roughest and most dangerous of all the anti-depressants, and I simply cannot stress how dangerous it is to humans.It is only used in humans as a very last resort, and should never be used in animals as far as I know. Antidepressants are NOT the safe drugs people have been fooled into believing they are. They are dangerous and life threatening if taken too long or in too strong a dosage. Death is one of the side effects if you read the small print on the fold-out that comes in the box. You'll have to use a magnifying glass because they do not want you to know just how dangerous a drug antidepressants are.

Find another vet and take any test records with you or have the present vet fax them to the new vet. You don't have to get all huffy about it, just make sure your bird never sees that vet again because all the chemicals he's poured into your bird could have already done major damage to his kidneys, liver not to mention his brain.

Here is an article about feather plucking and it does not matter if they were chewed or plucked. Sometimes the problem is boredom or an unhealthy diet. Parrots have to eat organic high quality pellets and a bit of organic fruit and veggies. All seed diets kill parrots by causing drastic malnutrition while the bird looks fat. Fat causes fatty liver disease, and kills. Feed NO human foods as they are full of fat, salt and suger all poison to birds.

Bird Chewing Feathers

It is so important you understand you cannot and must not give birds antidepressants. Animals and birds DO NOT become depressed like humans do because they live totally in the now, and tomorrow is not even thought of much less worried about.

Let us know what the new Avian Vet has to say, and here is another article about changing birds from seeds to pellets written by an Avian Vet:

Switching Birds to Pellets article


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