What is the Difference Between Feather Plucking Remedies for Birds?

Feather Plucking Parrot

What Is Feather Plucking in Parrots?

Your pet bird is destroying it’s own feathers and you’re looking for ways to help it. You’ve landed on the right website since we specialize in providing remedies for Feather Plucking Parrots. A new, more inclusive term is Feather Destructive Behavior (FDB), which focuses on the range of severity that we see in plucking behavior.

The definition of FDB is “the willful damage or destruction by a bird of its own feathers. The general term of “feather destructive behaviors” (or FDB) encompasses any form of a bird’s 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 FDB progress toward self-mutilation behavior.

The range of feather plucking

Mild Feather Picking (such as feather shredding)

Moderate to Severe Picking, Plucking (The behavior seems to have taken on an anxious and obsessive quality)

 Self-mutilation (Skin Damage)

First Things First When Your Bird Starts Plucking

The first thing you need to do when your bird starts plucking is to consult an experienced Avian Veterinarian who will help you rule out medical issues that may be 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

Physically Keep Your Bird From Further Damage with a Bird Collar or another barrier.

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 exotic birds need.  This includes feather and skin care, proper nutrition and more.

Managing Feather Plucking in Parrots  

Develop a behavior modification plan to address underlying behavioral issues.

Of course, it would take a lot of room to discuss each of these issues in depth, but a great resource for feather plucking help can be found in The Parrot Feather Plucking Workbook


About the Feather Plucking Rescue Pack


feather plucking rescue pack


Cause Solution Benefit


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


Parrot Calming Formula




Made with L-Theanine, the active ingredient in Green Tea, 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.


(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.


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




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.



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


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.



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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