What is Feather Plucking in Birds? | Parrot Feather Picking

 

Is your parrot feather plucking? Feather plucking in birds is a big problem but you’ve landed on the right website. BirdSupplies.com specializes in feather plucking birds. You'll find a system of products designed to support you and your pet, from bird collars, to nutritional supplements and feather plucking sprays, to helpful educational resources that walk you through retraining your pet.

 

By definition of feather plucking is “the willful damage or destruction by a bird of its own feathers. The general term of feather plucking encompasses any form of self-inflicted feather damage, including shredding the feathers, biting them off, pulling them out, and even self-mutilation.  About 10% of birds that engage in in feather plucking progress toward self-mutilation behavior.

Range Of Feather Plucking

Suggested Products for Mild Feather Plucking 

  • Daily misting with skin soothing Aloe Vera Spray
  • Shower perch to make bathing easier 
  • Bird Bath Spray
  • You learning behavior modification strategies to help yourself learn how to shape the behaviors that you wish to continue and stop behaviors that worry you
  • Optimize nutrition with supplements like FeatheredUp! and lots of raw vegetables, fruits, herbs, and sprouts.
  • Boost enrichment and foraging activities

Suggested Supports For Moderate to Severe Feather Plucking 

 Suggested Products For Self-mutilation (Skin Damage)

First Things First When Your Bird Starts Feather Plucking

The first thing you need to do when your bird starts feather plucking is to consult an experienced Avian Veterinarian who will help you rule out if a medical issues is contributing to FDB.

Once medical problems have been treated and nutrition has been optimized you’ll want to consider products to help manage your bird’s behavior.

You see, feather plucking quickly turns into a full-fledged habit. That's why you need to get feather plucking help as soon as you notice a problem.

What Research Says About Managing Feather Plucking in Parrots

Feather plucking behavior is one of the more common problems that avian veterinarians encounter in their day to day practice.  

Research tells us that there are five major approaches to managing feather plucking in parrots. 

Managing Feather Plucking in Parrots

First, Consult with your avian veterinarian

Managing Feather Plucking in Parrots

Interrupt Your Bird From Further Damage with a Bird Collar r.

Managing Feather Plucking in Parrots

Confirm that your parrot's environmentmeets it's needs and that there is minimal stress. An important factor here is to offer parrot enrichmentactivities.

Managing Feather Plucking in Parrots

Ensure that your parrot husbandry practices are in alignment with what your exotic birds need.  This includes feather and skin care, proper nutrition, adequate sleep, and more.

Managing Feather Plucking in Parrots  

Develop a behavior modification plan to address underlying behavioral issues.

While going into great depth on these strategies is beyond the cope of this blog, you can learn more in The Parrot Feather Plucking Workbook

 

About the Feather Plucking Rescue Pack

 

 

The Feather Plucking Rescue Pack
Cause Solution Benefit

ANXIETY:

Natural products address nervousness, anxiety and obsessive tendencies in birds.

UnRuffledRx

Parrot Calming Formula

 

 

 

Made with L-Theanine + GABA, mood stabilizing amino acids, Parrot Calming Formula reduces nervousness, calms anxiety and minimizes OCD like behavior.

Mix 100% Natural Parrot Calming Formula with water for best results. Please be sure to refresh water supply at least once a day but preferably twice a day.

SKIN IRRITATION

(dry skin, abrasions, prickly pin feathers)

 

Aloe Vera Spray for Birds

 

 

No Pick: A bird safe mixture of Aloe Vera Bird Spray and Bitter Apple, a safe but bitter taste deterrent 100% Natural Spray. The Result Is supple skin with bitter taste to deter over-preening.

FEATHER REGROWTH SUPPLEMENTS

Feather Pluckers are constantly regrowing feathers which is very demanding on the body depleting essential nutrients from other organs and body systems.

FeatheredUp!

 

 

FeatheredUp! mixes natural products and ingredients for a delicious feather growth supplement that you can sprinkle on food. Excellent results, especially when used with No Pick Feather Plucking Spray, Bird Vitamins and Cal-D Solve.

 

BIRD VITAMINS VitaBird

VitaBird is a comprehensive, avian specific nutritional supplement that provides 14 avian essential vitamins, 17 amino acids and 7 minerals.

CALCIUM DEFICIENCY

Calcium Plus

 Many birds, especially African Grey parrots, they are prone to calcium deficiency. The result is that they will suffer from nervous behavior and cramp attacks, also known as calcium tetany, a painful condition that may cause a bird to chew on itself. Cal-D-Solve addresses the underlying cause of nervousness.

 

References:

Feather Destructive Behaviors (FDB)/ Feather Picking/ Feather Plucking. (n.d.). Retrieved June 20, 2016, from http://www.birdchannel.com/bird-behaviors/bird-feather-plucking.aspx

Disclaimer: BirdSupplies.com’s Bird Behavior Index is intended for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the expertise and experience of a professional veterinarian. Do not use the information presented here to make decisions about your bird’s health if you suspect your pet is sick. If your pet is showing signs of illness or you notice changes in your bird’s behavior, take your pet to the nearest veterinarian or an emergency pet clinic as soon as possible.

 

 

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