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DELIVERY & SHIPPING

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When will I get my order?

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We require 1 day to process orders. Package labels created after 3pm may not be picked up by USPS and UPS until the next business day.

Contiguous United States

Standard Shipping: 2-10 Business Days
Express Shipping: 1 Day Processing + 2 Business Days For Delivery.


Birdsupples.com does not guarantee date of delivery on expedited shipping methods, only on shipment of the order.  Once it leaves our facility, we do not have control of the package and has been scanned by the carrier, it is in their possession and their responsibility.

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Midwest 2 - 4 Business Days

New York 3 - 10 Business Days

East Coast 3 - 10 Business Days

West Coast 3 - 10 Business Days

North Coast 3 - 10 Business Days

Alaska 4 - 10 Business Days

Hawaii 4 - 10 Business Days

Canada 5 - 14 Business Days

If I live outside the US, what do I need to know?

THE BUYER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR CONTACTING CUSTOMS TO ENSURE DELIVERABILITY. SUPPLEMENTS DO NOT CLEAR CUSTOMS IN AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

Delivery time outside the US is an estimated average, not a guarantee.

Your package may be held by your country's customs agency until cleared. We do not have control over your local shipping carriers or customs agencies. However, you can be assured that all international packages are shipped with all the needed documentation to avoid unnecessary delays.

Our prices do not include international duties or value-added taxes.

If assessed, these charges are the responsibility of the package recipient and will be billed by the local customs office or shipping carrier.

Shipping protection is available on US-based orders for a small fee. Learn about lost package procedures, winter shipping policies, and how to follow a claim

Free standard shipping on orders over $79 within the continental 48 United States. Not valid on orders shipping to Alaska, Hawaii, or US Territories (Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, United States Virgin Islands, and American Samoa).

For orders under $79, shipping costs and options are calculated during checkout. $5 Flat rate shipping is available on most orders.

Your order should arrive within 2 - 7 business days. Of course, these are estimates. See below for estimates by region.

Local/Colorado 1 - 3 Business Days

Midwest 2 - 4 Business Days

New York 3 - 7 Business Days

East Coast 3 - 7 Business Days

West Coast 3 - 7 Business Days

North Coast 3 - 7 Business Days

Alaska 4 - 7 Business Days

Hawaii 4 - 7 Business Days

Canada 5 - 10 Business Days

You will be emailed a tracking number when your order ships. Please note that since we use a fulfillment service sometimes USPS does not enter tracking information.

The BirdSupplies.com team works hard Monday through Friday, but not weekends or major national holidays. Because everyone needs self care time!

If we receive your order before 12 pm Mountain Time, it will ship out that day. If we receive it after, it will ship out the next business day.

Orders placed over the weekend are shipped the following Monday.

Orders are often processed within an hour of receipt, so please notify us ASAP if you need to cancel an order.

THE BUYER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR CONTACTING CUSTOMS TO ENSURE DELIVERABILITY. SUPPLEMENTS DO NOT CLEAR CUSTOMS IN AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

We currently ship to over 25 foreign countries! During the checkout process you can add the items that you are interested in, select your country and add your complete address to view our different available shipping options based on weight and destination. Your address must be provided in US English.

Please note that shipping quotes provided at checkout do not include VAT, foreign taxes or customs duties. These fees are the buyers responsibility and will be collected at the time of deliver.

When ordering, the recipient of the shipment is the Importer of Record and is responsible for any and all import fees, as well as complying with all laws and regulations of the destination country.  

Supplements do not clear Australian or New Zealand customs.

If you have any questions regarding our shipping policy, please call or text 719-650-0812  M-F 9am - 5pm MST, email us birdsupplies@gmail.com or connect with us through Facebook Messenger.

Delivery time outside the US is an estimated average, not a guarantee.

Your package may be held by your country's customs agency until cleared.

ATTENTION AU & NZ customers - due to strict biosecurity regulations, supplements do not pass customs.

We do not have control over your local shipping carriers or customs agencies. However, you can be assured that all international packages are shipped with all the needed documentation to avoid unnecessary delays.

Our prices do not include international duties or value-added taxes.

If assessed, these charges are the responsibility of the package recipient and will be billed by the local customs office or shipping carrier.

RETURNS

We are in the business of helping you get your bird back to its optimal state. We know how important it is to get your bird into recovery quickly and we want to help.

We offer a 30 day return policy on unopened bird collars and supplements when tags and security seals are intact. Refunds are not available for any bird wear or damages.

Also, please note when placing your order that not every bird will take kindly to a bird e-collar. Learn more about helping your bird adjust to wearing an e-collar here.

You may download our returns form here -Returns Page

Items must be returned in new, unused condition within 30 days of purchase for a store credit that you can use on any item in the store.

If you bought BirdSupplies.com products somewhere else like Amazon, Walmart, or CVS, then please follow their return guidelines. We’re here to help, so please contact us at support@birdsupplies.com for any questions regardless of where you purchased our products – we’re glad you did!

We don't offer exchanges. Please return your unused, tags intact purchase.

If you're concerned that the neck hole is too small, click here to learn to trim the neck to fit.

We offer a 30 day returns from date of purchase for new, unused products. Once the item is received and inspected we issue a store credit toward anything in the store.

LOYALTY PROGRAM

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BIRD COLLARS

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When dealing with feather plucking, it's best to use a 3 step approach comes in.

First, bird collars temporarily interrupt the feather-picking cycle.

At the same time you do the work to improve nutrition, health, and wellbeing.

And, finally, you use positive reinforcement to teach replacement behaviors.

Book a coaching call today to learn how to help your bird.

Take our Bird Collar Quiz to find the best styles for your birds' plucking location and severity. 

As a general rule, the more severe the plucking, the thicker and stiffer the collar should be.

If your bird is unusually fearful or is in a weak state, please seek advice from your veterinarian, as they may have had the chance to examine your bird.

See the size chart on the product page, located to the right of the price. If you land on the “Quick View” page, click “See Details.”

Our bird cone collars can be trimmed the neck and arouund perimeter. We make our bird collars neck so that it fits birds with a small neck but we've also added a second seam that allows you to notch and trim to fit. Click here for instructions

Sadly not every bird will accept a bird collar. Some birds find bird collars scary. Others have developed an addiction to the plucking and will fight off a bird collar.

Remember that what you think about your bird's disposition to cope with a collar is important, too.

Good News: If you do the work to improve nutrition, health and overall well-being, you’ll notice massive improvements over time.

And what’s next? If you use positive reinforcementto teach replacement behavior, you’ll see lasting change.

Learn more about additional supports here.

Cone collars are our most popular starter collars. These  collars drape over the birds body protecting mild to moderate pluckers from accessing preferred plucking areas.  The Fringy Cone was developed for more severe pluckers.

The neck collar works by restricting neck range of motion and making it harder for your bird to reach most body parts.

Our bird vests support neck and back mutilators. A mutilator has developed a compulsive habit and they often benefit from stacking a bird collar on top.

When a bird is bleeding or chewing its skin and muscle tissue, we call this self-mutilation. It’s a life-threatening condition that requires specialized care.

Self-mutilation takes on an obsessive-compulsive nature. To properly manage it, consider a strong collar, psychotropic medication and/or behavioral support.

This is where my 3-step approach comes in. First, bird collars, like the self mutilation combo can interrupt mutilation and keep your bird safe.

Then, you do the work to improve nutrition, health and overall well-being.

And, lastly, you use positive reinforcement to teach substitute behavior.

Learn how to use positive reinforcement to teach a healthy bird to wear a collar.

First things first: The feel of clothing against feathers feels weird to your pet. Positive reinforcement training will help your bird get over this.

Second, your bird may have to build up stamina to bear the weight of a bird collar.  Consider using a rehabilitation container to prevent injuries. You might also want to start your bird off in a bird collar for just 15-30 minutes a day, slowly building up time as your bird gets stronger.

Third, your bird is already anxious so you'll have to help it learn that the collar is indeed safe. Our Parrot Calming Formula can support your pet's frayed nerves.

Bird collars are machine washable in your washing machine. Place the collar in a lingerie bag, if you have one. Always use a non-fragranced laundry detergent. Lay it flat to dry.

You may hand wash the collar, as well. Please ensure that you thoroughly rinse the collar.  We recommend that you keep a second collar on hand  should the first color becomes soiled.

Consider the weight of a bird collar. We recommend that the collar you choose weighs 25% or less of your birds weight. For instance, if your bird weighs 100 grams, choose a collar that weighs no more than 25 grams. Our designs are weight conscious.

Think about it like this… Your bird is already stressed. Its immune system and stamina maybe weakened. Your bird will need to build up strength to carry the weight of a collar. It will also need to develop emotional stamina to tolerate the collar. 

Birds have extremely flexible necks, quick feet, an ingenious, strong beak, and they're actually pretty clever. We've found that the more entrenched that the problem has become the more the bird fights the collar.

For collars with a Velcro closure, get some moleskin in the foot section at a drug store and use it to adhere the two sides together on the underside of the collar. You can also spray the collar with a safe bitter spray like Bitter Yuk.

Plucking habits often respond well to a training strategy called positive reinforcement trainingwhich teaches your bird to be calm, and improves its overall well-being.

I highly advise using the technique called Positive Reinforcement when training your bird to tolerate the collar. It involves lavishly rewarding your bird for doing nothing other than messing with the collar.

Instructions for this are on the QR code on the back of the bird collar tag or by clicking this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubm2BCNH5LE

We've had no reports to date of birds overheating our bird collars. But that doesn’t mean it can’t happen.

Watch your bird carefully to make sure it's not overheated while wearing a bird collar.

Just like people, bird sizes can vary widely even within a species. Make sure that you know your birds weight in grams when choosing the correct bird collar size.

You can get an affordable kitchen scale that weighs in grams on Amazon.

If your bird has never worn a collar before we recommend introducing the collar gradually, if that's even possible. Always use a bird collar under strict supervision.

1. Begin collar training when you have a few days off so you can closely supervise your bird to make sure they are eating and drinking.

2. On the first day,  Put the collar on for a half-hour or less. Add 15 minutes or so on the second day, and so on until your bird is tolerating the collar for long periods. 

3 Gradually increase the time each day as your bird gains both physical and emotional stamina to tolerate the collar. 

4. After a few days of close supervision, you'll start to learn how well your bird tolerates the collar.

5. ALWAYS use your judgment on whether your bird is safely tolerating the collar for long periods of time before leaving it unsupervised in the collar.

We can't guarantee a particular bird collar will work for your bird. BirdSupplies.com bird collar recommendations are based on feedback from customers and our Avian Vet partners. Please keep in mind that we haven't examined your bird, and we don't know their disposition.

You and your avian vet know your bird best. We ask that, when you purchase a collar, you examine it upon receipt, knowing your birds disposition, the level of addiction it has to the plucking problem, and consult with your avian vet, to determine if the collar will work for your pet. We accept returns or exchanges for 30 days from date of purchase.

A weak bird will often respond better to nutritional support and pain relief than a bird collar. Weak or old birds require different supports than young, strong birds.

Yup, you can stack collars! You can break the vicious biting and self-mutilation cycle by stacking a cone collar and vest or a neck collar, provided your bird is in good health and can handle the weight.

There are two reasons why birds fall over when you first put on a bird collar.

First things first: If the bird wasn’t trained to wear a collar, this is a huge shock.

Second, some birds are already in a weak state. Ask your vet for their opinion on this. If your bird is weak, it may benefit from a rehab cage.

Veterinary doctors have been trained in health and physiology.

But often strong behavioral factors play a big role in a plucking or mutilation habit. Most severely plucked birds need more than a collar.

They need behavioral and nutritional support.That's where my 3 step approach comes in.

First, bird collars temporarily interrupt the feather-picking cycle.

At the same time you do the work to improve nutrition, health. and wellbeing.

And, finally, you use positive reinforcement to teach replacement behaviors.

You can book a bird behavior consultation here.

GETTING THE MOST OUT OF BIRD SUPPLEMENTS

Yes! We believe in natural, eco-friendly, safe ingredients. We pick organic plants, minerals, and oils that are in our products for a reason. As a result, our products do what they say they’re going to do. 100's of 5-star customer reviews can attest!

No parabens, nasty chemicals, preservatives, or dyes. Just the good stuff. We check the Environmental Working Group’s guide when developing new products to confirm we’re only using ingredients they deem safe.

Check out our ingredients page to learn more about the key ingredients we use in our products.

Absolutely not. And we work with our suppliers to ensure they don’t either.

NEVER administer any human medication to your bird without seeking veterinary advice.

Your veterinarian can find out which medications have undergone rigorous testing to make sure that they are safe for use in birds and what the dosage recommendations are for small, fragile feathered friends.

HOW TO USE BIRD HEALTH PRODUCTS

Always follow your avian vets advice.

Shake well. Spray the affected area 1 to 4 times per day. No need to rinse.

Refrigeration will extend the life of this plant-based product.

If your bird has deep or oozing wounds, use Vet Aid Sprayuntil the wound is substantially healed.

IMPORTANT: ONLY ADMINISTER 3 TIMES PER WEEK. DO NOT EXCEED RECOMMENDED DOSE

Sprinkle the appropriate dose on moist food 3 times per week.

Or, preferably, mix it in your bird's water 3 times per week

2 level scoops to 8 oz. water 4 level scoops to 16 oz. water

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

You can serve Bird Calming Tea in two ways

SERVE DRY: Bird Calming Tea may be served on moist veggies or chop. Sprinkle 1/2 tsp. on 1/4 c. moist food daily.

STEEP INTO A TEA: Steep the recommended dose into a tea for 3-5 minutes.  The longer you steep the more potent the tea.  Allow to cool.  Remove unused tea after 4 hours.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Feather plucking birds, take note. Chamomile can help improve your bird's sleep quality and mood. Plus, it is known to relax muscle tension.

Our mildest bird-calming product, non-addictive Chamomile is safe to serve daily.

You can serve this versatile herb in these ways:

1. Offer 1/2 t. in a separate bowl.

2. Steep into a tea: Steep 1 t. of herbs in hot water for 4-6 minutes and serve in a separate dish.

3. Mix 1/4 t. into your birds favorite chop 3-5 times a week.

Feed 1/4 tsp. 3 times per week. Best if interchanged with other plant-based essential fatty acids like Coconut Oil, Flaxseed Oil, or Hemp Seed so that your bird can benefit from a more diverse range of nutrients.

Liquifies at 76 degrees F. 

Excellent nutritional support for all birds.

100% Cold-pressed, Virgin Coconut Oil

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Grab this essential guide on How To Use The Feather Plucking Rescue Pack and get the most out of it

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

FEATHER PLUCKING BIRDS & MOLTING BIRDS: May be fed twice daily until pin feathers develop. Then cut back to one time per day. May be used daily.  Discontinue other supplements when using FeatheredUp! Unless otherwise directed by your avian veterinarian. 

Scoop Size: 1/4 teaspoon

SMALL BIRDS (< 200 GM.) ½ scoop per dayMEDIUM BIRDS (200 - 600 GM.) 1 scoop per dayLARGE BIRDS (600+ GM.) 2 scoops per day

Best administered on moist vegetables & fruits or in organic baby food - such as sweet potatoes.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Keep out of reach of children.

FEEDING INSTRUCTIONS

SMALL BIRDS: (<200 gm.) - 1/2 tsp / day

MEDIUM BIRDS: (200 - 600 gm.) - 1 tsp / day

LARGE BIRDS: (600 gm.+) - 1 tbs / day

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Print instructions on how to use the Hormone Rescue Pack

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: This information is intended for informational purposes only. Any statements made have not been evaluated by the FDA and any information or products discussed are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease or illness. Please consult your veterinarian before using any bird supplements.

SMALL BIRDS: (<200 gm.) 1/2 - 1 scoop per 8 oz. water

MEDIUM BIRDS: (200-60 gm.) 1 -2 scoops per 8 oz. water

LARGE BIRDS: (600+ gm.) 2 - 4 scoops per 8 oz. water

Mix the appropriate serving with 8 oz. of fresh tap water. Change the water twice a day. You may double or triple the dose to reach the desired effect. 

Change the water twice daily.  Parrot Calming Formula may also be sprinkled on moist food.  Works best when used in combination with behavior modification.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Print these useful instructions to get the most out of the Parrot Calming Bundle

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Liquifies at 76 degrees F

Serve 1/4 tsp. per 350 gm. of bird body weight 3 X per week. Best if interchanged with other plant-based essential fatty acids like Coconut Oil, Flaxseed Oil, or Hemp Seed so that your bird can benefit from a more diverse range of nutrients.

Recommended for all birds, but especially for African Grey Parrots, Macaws, and cockatoos. Part of an important diet for birds that are deficient in vitamin A.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Learn how to properly use the Scratching Bird Skin Care Bundlehere.

BIRD SUPPLEMENT QUESTIONS

Lots of our UnRuffledRx bird supplements work great together for improved results. But before you try to mix them, take a look at this infographicor contact usto be safe.

Calcium is the most abundant nutrient in the body. Calcium is needed to maintain a healthy bone structure. It is  also necessary for proper functioning of both the muscular and nervous system and  bird calcium plays a major function in blood clotting.

Most birds that eat seeds and pellets can benefit from bird calcium. African Grey Parrots, in particular, experience high levels of calcium deficiency and thereby are prone to seizure activity.

BIRD SPRAYS

Always follow your avian vets advice.

Shake well. Spray the affected area 1 to 4 times per day. No need to rinse.

Refrigeration will extend the life of this plant-based product.

If your bird has deep or oozing wounds, use Vet Aid Sprayuntil the wound is substantially healed.

Aloe Vera is a great spray for birds. It is loaded with nutrients that support the body. it also has antiseptic and analgesic properties that support birds with sensitive skin issues offering minor pain relief.  It is excellent for feather pluckers and birds with dry, itchy skin.

Aloe vera has minor analgesic properties. In other words it offers minor pain relief poor things like skin abrasions, infected follicles, and minor rashes. 

For arthritic issues and other highly painful conditions consult your with avian veterinarian for a prescription grade medication.

Click this link to compare bird sprays

I've got a great blog post to help you use positive reinforcement to teach your bird to like getting a bath.

BREATHING

Parrots have one of the most efficient respiratory systems of any creature, with seven air sacs throughout their body. 

Due to the extremely sensitive nature of their respiratory system, the use of aromatherapy for birds is not recommended and it may, in fact, be harmful or even deadly to your pet bird.

CALMING PRODUCTS

SMALL BIRDS: (<200 gm.) 1/2 - 1 scoop per 8 oz. water

MEDIUM BIRDS: (200-60 gm.) 1 -2 scoops per 8 oz. water

LARGE BIRDS: (600+ gm.) 2 - 4 scoops per 8 oz. water

Mix the appropriate serving with 8 oz. of fresh tap water. Change the water twice a day. You may double or triple the dose to reach the desired effect. 

Change the water twice daily.  Parrot Calming Formula may also be sprinkled on moist food.  Works best when used in combination with behavior modification.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Bird Tea's can be fed one of 3 ways -

1. Offer 1/2 t. in a separate bowl.

2. Steep into a tea: Steep 1 t. of herbs in hot water for 4-6 minutes and serve in a separate dish.

3. Mix 1/4 t. into your birds favorite chop 3-5 times a week.

FEEDING INSTRUCTIONS

SMALL BIRDS: (<200 gm.) - 1/2 tsp / day

MEDIUM BIRDS: (200 - 600 gm.) - 1 tsp / day

LARGE BIRDS: (600 gm.+) - 1 tbs / day

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

1. Stress Bars: The feathers have stress bars, little lines across the width of the feather that look damaged.


2. Screaming: While screaming is often behavioral in nature, it may indicate that your bird is stressed out.

3. Stereotypical (Repetitive behaviors) - Pacing, plucking, toe tapping.

4. Anxious and fearful behavior

5. Depression, lack of activity, loss of appetite, refusing interaction

Birds get anxious for a variety of reasons. First of all, birds are animals of prey and in the wild they seek safety in numbers.

Many pet bird species live in large flocks in the wild but in a domestic environment they don't have that sense of safety in numbers.

Furthermore, birds tend to be creatures of habit. Their brain is hardwired to need intellectual, social and emotional supports throughout the day. 

A common issue with bird anxiety is malnutrition. Whenever the  nutritional needs are  inadequately met  it affects brain chemistry and other bodily functions. several vitamins and minerals are known to support mood management, including calcium, magnesium, B vitamins, and others.

One of the best ways for a lay person to judge the effectiveness of supplements is to do a Time Study PRIOR to the administration of a supplement.

You'll learn how to figure out problem severity in a measurable way. Once you can measure the behavior you'll know if its getting better or worse.

There are a couple of L-theanine  based bird calming formulas on the market. Parrot Calming Formula adds a secondary amino acid, GABA, that amplifies the effects of L-theanine.

L-Theanine is a natural Amino Acid found in the body which supports a sense of calmness and alertness. It dissolves clear in water and it is tasteless. L-Theanine has been used in bird calming formulas, other pet related calming products, and even with people. 

L-theanine can increase certain neurotransmitters in your brain, including dopamine. Multiple studies have shown that L-theanine increases dopamine production, thus causing an antidepressant effect and enhancing cognitive function.

Calming products support brain chemistry that is responsible for mood. Bird calming products are specialized formulas that may contain magnesium, L-theanine, GABA, thiamine, valerian, chamomile, and other natural calming ingredients.

These ingredients help support your bird’s nervous system, contributing to a calmer and happier pet.

Parrot Calming Formula contains L-theanine and GABA, Amino Acids found in the brain.

Calcium, Magnesium, plus D3 are vitamins and minerals that calm the nerve centers in the brain. 

Hemp Seed, Chamomile and Bird Calming Tea each contain adaptogen herbs that work on the  mood management centers of the brain.

Nervous, stressed, or anxious birds display behaviors such as plucking, pacing, excessive screaming for no reason, and other stereotypical behaviors.

Molting is another stressful time, as is breeding season. 

Some birds become anxious with travel, fireworks, changes in their environment, amongst other things.

UnRuffledRx  calming products are safe for long-term use and can used

It is important to follow packaging instructions when offering your pet supplements. While there is minimal evidence of overdosing on L-theanine, the goal is to use the minimal dosage required to obtain desired results.

I suggest that you use careful, monitored microdosing strategies to determine that minimal dosage that your bird requires.

Eclectus parrots in particular are sensitive to nutrient toxicity so it is recommended that you start out with the small bird dosage.

Hemp seeds do NOT contain any psychoactive properties (such as those from THC which cause a person to get high.

Hemp seeds support a calm mood.

When you practice microdosing strategies, you lessen the likelihood that your bird will be drugged up by a bird to calming product.

Generally, a drugged-up effect  or other side effects tends to be more associated with  prescription grade psychotropic drugs.  

If your bird is experiencing unwanted side effects from a supplement medication call your vet.

Adaptogen herbs are a  family of herbs that have stress reduction properties. 

Some  of the common adaptogen herbs that are safe for parrots include chamomile, lavender, lemon balm, red clover flower, kava kava root, passion flower, valerian root, and St John's Wort.

FEATHER CARE

FEATHER PLUCKING BIRDS & MOLTING BIRDS: May be fed twice daily until pin feathers develop. Then cut back to one time per day. May be used daily.  Discontinue other supplements when using FeatheredUp! Unless otherwise directed by your avian veterinarian. 

Scoop Size: 1/4 teaspoon

SMALL BIRDS (< 200 GM.) ½ scoop per dayMEDIUM BIRDS (200 - 600 GM.) 1 scoop per dayLARGE BIRDS (600+ GM.) 2 scoops per day

Best administered on moist vegetables & fruits or in organic baby food - such as sweet potatoes.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Keep out of reach of children.

Grab this essential guide on How To Use The Feather Plucking Rescue Pack and get the most out of it

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Feather growth supplements like FeatheredUp! provide much-needed amino acids, vitamins minerals, and proteins it support a healthy body that can grow vibrant, luxurious feathers. 

You'll notice the difference when your bird molts out old feathers and grows in new ones.

Provided that your bird has not damaged it's feather follicles,  there are three important steps that you can take to support new feather growth.

The first step is to ensure nutritional, environmental, and emotional wellness.  

Interrupting the plucking cycle with a bird  collar has shown good results, as well. 

Finally, you'll want to develop and consistently use behavior modification skills including antecedent arrangements, positive reinforcement, and differential reinforcement of alternative behaviors. While it may sound daunting, an excellent resource is  The Feather Plucking Remedies for Birds Workbook.

Birds molt a few times each year to replace old and tattered feathers with new plumage. New feathers support flight and keep the bird warm.

A molting bird will lose its feathers in a symmetrical fashion. In other words, if a bird loses a flight feather on the right side it will also lose the same feather on the left side.  The feather is shed with shaft intact.

A bird that is plucking on the other hand, may have bald spots. Any time that the shaft appears chewed off would be an indication of  feather destructive behavior.

Molting has been known to contribute to feather plucking behavior. 

During a stressful molt,  the bird may preen more aggressively than normal. It might even accidentally pull a feather out in an effort to relieve its discomfort. When this happens, the brain floods the body with endorphins which immediately reduces stress. The addictive endorphin rush can then develop.

Molting is a stressful time for birds. Feather loss and new growth can be uncomfortable.  Growing new healthy feathers is very taxing on the body.

You can support your bird with frequent warm showers that allow the feather shaft to soften and that moisturize the skin.

Red palm oil supports skin health. Supple skin eases the discomfort of new feather growth.

New feather growth can deplete the body of important nutrients. Using a feather growth formula such as FeatheredUp! will support your bird throughout the molting process.

Aloe Vera Spray has analgesic properties and it supports the discomfort of molting.

Molting can be quite uncomfortable for the bird, especially in dry climates where the skin becomes dry and itchy and the feather shaft is brittle. Use the strategies described above to support your bird during any molt.

GUT HEALTH

HORMONE HEALTH

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IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: This information is intended for informational purposes only. Any statements made have not been evaluated by the FDA and any information or products discussed are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease or illness. Please consult your veterinarian before using any bird supplements.

Parrots can develop a condition called “chronic hormonal behavior.” This is when the parrot is hormonal out of the normal breeding season. These birds become so emotionally and physically uncomfortable with being unable to procreate that they start behaving aggressively toward others and even toward themselves.  There are a number of steps that you can take at home to reverse this condition. Hormonal related plucking is reversible in many cases, however, it is best to prevent it in the first place. Check out the bird supplies.com hormonal parrots series for support. Type hormonal in the search bar to learn how to support your hormonal parrot.

PAIN SUPPORTS

SCRATCHING & SKIN CARE

Learn how to properly use the Scratching Bird Skin Care Bundlehere.

Feeding your bird Coconut Oil is a great way to provide it with important nutrients that it can't get elsewhere.

Coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), mainly lauric acid, caprylic acid, and capric acid.

These fatty acids can be very beneficial for avian health. Like any supplement you want to use it in moderation and let your avian vet know about it.

Organic Red Palm Oil contains 15 times the betacarotene of a carrot, and also contains Vitamin E, Omega 3, Omega 6, and Vitamins.

Use as directed for best results. always use supplements in moderation and let your  avian vet now about it.

WINTER BIRD CARE

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WHAT IS BEHAVIORAL PLUCKING

Behavioral feather plucking means that your vet has not uncovered an underlying health condition known to cause plucking.  If your bird acts ill, for instance has fluffed feathers, is inactive, has unusual poops, or is losing weight, get a second opinion. However, true behavioral feather plucking is often caused by stress, parrot husbandry issues, something that triggers a fear response, and other conditions.  Review my “Feather Plucking Series Blogs” to get important tips to start turning things around.  Search now!

There are two major reasons for this.  First, know that Feather Plucking is a compulsive, progressive issue that has often been accidentally been reinforced.  But, also, brain chemistry becomes involved.  Intense pain causes the release of certain brain chemicals called endorphins that immediately relieve stress and anxiety.  Essentially, the bird becomes addicted to the cycle rather quickly. 

Learn how to curb the problem by getting The Feather Plucking Remedies For Birds Workbook and joining the UnRuffledRx Feather Plucking Help Facebook Group.

BITING HELP

Biting is a natural behavior for birds, and we as their caretakers must find out what is triggering the bite.

Three common reasons that birds bite are hormonal territorialism, fear and distrust of people or something in their environment. Get help for bird biting here.

Biting is not normal and it should be addressed quickly. 

First, don’t take the bite personally.  Your bird is still an exotic animal that is reacting and it can be taught to not bite.

While hard to do, you should react to biting with a “birdy timeout.” This is when you put the bird down and completely ignore it for several minutes. 

Then, when you do resume attention, lavishly reward all safe behavior and label it something simple, like “good boy.”

Get help for your biting bird here.

To stop a screaming habit, you'll want to develop and consistently use behavior modification skills including antecedent arrangements, positive reinforcement, and differential reinforcement of alternative behaviors.

While very upsetting, this type of biting happens when your bird is hormonal.  Most bird species should only come into season once or twice a year.  But, with improper care, we can accidentally induce a chronic hormonal condition.  This condition can be easily reversed in many cases.  Checkout Hormonal Behavior In Parrots for critical tips on reversing hormonal behavior fast.

Parrot biting behavior can be dangerous, but there are ways to manage it.  Check out Why Is My Parrot Biting Me? For actionable tips to nip biting in the bud.

SCREAMING HELP

First of all it's important to know that  wild parrots communicate  with their flock mates by screaming.

Some bird specie scream more than others. For instance cockatoos are known to be quite loud, as are  Amazon Parrots and certain species of Conures.

That said, a certain amount of screaming is normal and domestic birds.  Most people adopt a pet bird partly due to their very social nature.

Caretakers often accidentally reinforce excessive screaming with attention. After all, it's  hard to ignore!

Unfortunately, screaming for attention is a common issue with birds. The habit can develop due to lack of enrichment, boredom and loneliness.  Once it starts it's hard to stop. 

If your bird is plucking due to hormones you’ll notice other hormonal behaviors such as your pet trying to regurgitate on you, lots of shredding paper and other things that can line a nest, hiding in small, dark places, etc.

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