Feather Plucking Help: How to know how to help your parrot

Do you need feather plucking help but aren't sure where to start?

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)

  • Daily misting with skin soothing Aloe Vera Spray
  • Shower perch to make bathing easier 
  • Feather-in 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 Featheriffic! and AviVita Plus
  • Boost enrichment and foraging activities

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

  • The Feather Destructive Behavior Workbook
  • Frequency, Intensity, Duration Worksheet
  • Feather Plucking Rescue Pack
  • Calming Products
  • Bird Collar or Parrot Poncho
  • Nutritional Supplements, especially Avivita Plus, Featheriffic! and Calcium Supplement
  • Skin Soothing Products such as an aloe vera based product
  • Behavior modification your bird to improve its self-confidence
  • Clicker Training to help you attend to when and how to provide attention for wanted behaviors

 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 environment meets it's needs and that there is minimal stress. An important factor here is to offer parrot enrichment activities.

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 Feather Destructive Behavior Workbook

The perfect choice for feather plucking help

About the Feather Plucking Rescue Pack

Quick feather plucking help

Cause Solution Benefit

ANXIETY:

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

AVICALM

 

 

 

Made with L-Theanine, the active ingredient in Green Tea, Avicalm reduces nervousness, calms anxiety and minimizes OCD like behavior.

Mix 100% Natural Avicalm 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)

 

NO PICK FEATHER PICKING SPRAY

 

 

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

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

FEATHERIFFIC!

 

 

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

 

BIRD VITAMINS AVIVITA PLUS

AviVita Plus is a comprehensive formulation providing 14 avian essential vitamins, 17 amino acids and 7 minerals.

CALCIUM DEFICIENCY

CAL-D SOLVE

 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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