We have a 26 year-old Umbrella Cockatoo, and she has plucked and mutilated herself since she was 8 years old. We tried several other products over the years with no success. We used a plastic "cone" for the past 10 years, but this caused a lot of trauma to her neck, she was not able to eat very well, and she still managed to pluck and mutilate herself. We really thought that within a few more years we would have a completely bald bird. We have used the soft leather and fleece collar for about a year now, and her feathers have mostly returned and she concentrates on chewing the fleece instead of herself. Yes, we have to replace the collar about every 2 - 3 months, but it is well worth it considering that she looks much better and is able to eat without any problems. We do take the collar off to give her a bath and allow her to preen and then put it back on her. She does not mind this collar nearly as much as she did the plastic cone. Great product.
Apparently I had ordered the wrong size for this one and in an email I was assured that I would get the correct size but unfortunately I did not. Given the bad experience I had with Velcro on the collar alone, I may just exchange it for either the pullover poncho without Velcro or just get something else entirely
This collar is fantastic. Unfortunately a few years ago and many vet bills later we were at the point of considering surrendering our bird to a sanctuary, as we could not afford to keep up with the cost of care from his plucking. We learned about these collars, and have been able to keep our bird at home, living a happy, quality life. The collar is durable, does not run his neck, and allows him to climb around his cage, eat and play with toys. So grateful we found this product!!!!