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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
Upon receipt, if you feel that the design that you chose will not work for your bird, please don't put it on the bird. We offer a 30 day returns from date of purchase. Once the item is received and inspected we issue a store credit toward anything in the store.
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.
Bird collars interrupt the plucking cycle. Please know that Bird colors are not a solution to plucking, but they temporarily support a variety of other strategies aimed at improving your bird's health, wellness, and behavior.
Find the size chart on the product page. If you land on the Quick View page, click “See Details."
Take our Bird Collar Quiz to find the best styles for your birds' plucking location and severity. The more severe the plucking, the thicker and stiffer the collar needs to be.
Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that a bird collar will work for your pet. We may advise which collars hold the most promise for various plucking patterns and species. However, please know that every bird is different in terms how aggressive their plucking habit is.
Birds that seem driven to pluck or mutilate often need additional supports including spraying bitters on the collar, improving all wellness, behavior modification, and sometimes prescription grade medication.
Always consult with your avian veterinarian who has actually examined your bird
Please anticipate that there are three conditions the affect whether your bird will tolerate a new collar. First, the feel of apparel against the feathers feels weird to your pet. Second, your bird has to get used to the weight of a collar. And third, your bird is already anxious so you'll have to help it learn that the collar is indeed safe.
Cone collars are our most popular starter collars. These collars drape over the bird body protecting mild to moderate pluckers from accessing preferred plucking areas. The Fringy Cone was developed for more severe pluckers.
Neck collars work by inhibiting range of motion inhibiting access vulnerable areas such as under the wings, the back, legs and feet, and the vent. Think of Vest Style collars as a swaddling approach that supports anxiety and covers the back and chest areas. Our robust vest style supports self-mutilating birds.
It is important to consider the weight of a bird collar. We recommend that the collar you choose weigh 25% or less of your birds weight. For instance, if your bird weighs 100 gm. Choose collar that weighs no more than 25 gm. Our designs are weight conscious.
Think about it like this… Your bird is already stressed. it's 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. You can support your bird through this process. We suggest that you start off with a light weight collar and allow your bird to build up physical and emotional stamina toward this intervention.
As your bird develops tolerance for collar weight and feel you can move toward a more sturdy collar.
Yes. We recommend that you use a technique called Positive Reinforcement to train your bird to tolerate the collar. This involves generously rewarding your bird when it is doing anything other than messing with the collar. Training instructions can be found on the QR Code on the back of the tag or click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubm2BCNH5LE
Please know that the more severe your birds plucking habit has become the faster a bird figures out how to remove the collar.
Birds have a very flexible neck, deft feet, a crafty beak, and they're really smart.
It's really important to use a bird collar along with other strategies such as calming the bird down, improving its wellness, and behavior modification.
Nevertheless, you'll also want to ensure that you're interrupting the cycle as soon as possible. So, if you're clever little Houdini figures out the hook and loop, simply place a strip duct tape on the underside of the collar to seal the two sides together.
At the time of this writing we've not had any reports of bird overheating in our bird collars. However, that doesn't mean it can't happen.
Please ensure that your bird has adequate ventilation, access to shade, and is housed in and environment that does not rise above 80 degrees while using this form of support.
Find sizing recommendations here. Please note that are size recommendations related to species may not always be accurate.
Weights very dramatically even amongst species, Eclectus in particular. We recommend size based on birds weight.
Collars come in 5 to 7 sizes. Many of our designs are meant to be trimmed to fit, both at the neck level and the perimeter of the collar.
If your bird has never worn a collar before it is recommended that you start out slow. And, always under close supervision. it may be best to start collar training when you have a few days off of work. On the first day, Put the collar on for an 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., Gradually increase the time each day is your bird gains both physical and emotional stamina to tolerate the collar. After several days of close supervision, you'll begin to learn how well do your bird is tolerating the collar. Use your judgment on whether your bird is safely tolerating the collar for long periods of time before leaving it unsupervised in it.
Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that a particular collar will work for your birds plucking issue. BirdSupplies.com bird collar recommendations are based on customer feedback. Please know that we've not examined your bird, nor do we know its 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.
There are two reasons that birds fall over when they are initially placed in a bird caller.
First, if the bird has not been trained to wear a collar, it may not be able to sustain the weight of it or the stress of wearing a collar maybe scary. Please, plan to take the time to help your bird become adjusted to the weight of the collar.
Veterinarians are trained in health and physiology. Feather plucking often has behavioral components.
A bird behaviorist understands the emotional and psychological issues related to feather plucking. You can book a bird behavior consultation here.
Also know that ensuring parrot wellness and behavior modification have been successful in curbing plucking in many cases, especially mild cases that are caught early.
Bird collars may be washed in your washing machine. Place the collar a lingerie bag if you have one. Use a fragrance-free laundry detergent. Lay flat to dry.
You may hand wash the collar, as well. Please ensure that you rinse the collar well. We recommend that you have a second hand collar to keep on hand should the first color becomes soiled.
Older, sickly, in fragile birds need special considerations when choosing a bird collar. Strongly consider pain management issues is the first line of defense.
Your vet can help you with this. Optimize your pets environment for wellness. This would include nutritional wellness, environmental Wellness, and emotional wellness. Older and unwell pets may do better with neck collars.
When a bird is bleeding or chewing into its skin and muscle tissue, we call that self-mutilation. This is a critical condition that need specialized care. Self-mutilation takes on an obsessive-compulsive nature. To properly manage it consider a sturdy collar, psychotropic medication, and behavioral support.
While there are no guarantees, the two type of collar supports that work fast are the Fringy Cone or thick neck collars, like the Fringy Neck Collar or the Huggle Neck Collar that restrict neck movement.
Of course! You can interrupt the plucking cycle moderate pluckers by stacking a cone collar and a neck collar.
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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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Please note that this answer is not intended to substitute medical advice, but Ace prescription grade medication may be warranted if your bird is engaging and self- mutilating behaviors or other serious stereotypical behaviors.
Human grade psychotropic medications such as fluoxetine and Haldol have been used successfully in Birds in much lighter doses.
NEVER administer human medications to your bird without seeking veterinary advise.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.