Our Umbrella Cockatoo is a moderate plucker. When we discovered the Fleece Collar with the soft leather, it was a blessing. Our bird went from almost bald to having feather growth within a matter of weeks. While successful, the collar is heavy around her neck; so when we saw that a fleece collar with velcro was available, we immediately tried one. What a difference!!! Our little girl now has much more freedom of movement, and there is no change in her chewing on the collar instead of her feathers. I would highly recommend this collar, and will continue to use it on our bird.
Beautifully made and designed. I am just starting to adjust the neck closure so that I don't feel I am choking the bird. I can't tell whether I have tightened it too much. If it is too loose, the bird can grab the flaps and chew holes in it. So I have to experiment with the velcro and how much to close it. I am also giving her (palm oil, avicalm, bee pollen,) !She hasn't improved her plucking, except I notice with the avicalm she does not become frenetic. So I am in the experimental stage. I will probably be the one to end up wearing the collar!
I am extremely happy with my first collar. Going to order a second one. Feathers are growing back. It has been a long hard road, but with this collar I see so much improvement. Highly recommend this for feather plucking birds
Products such as this are not available in New Zealand so had to order overseas. Bird Supplies were extremely helpful in ordering and then how to use the collar. Because Piki is a Rainbow Lorikeet even the small collar was a bit too large for him. But on advise collar was trimmed and had to add a small piece of velcro so he couldn't pull the collar off. He's getting use to it slowly by using treats, but a slow go because of his very independent temperament. The extra service after purchase was excellent. Will definitely work with Bird Supplies again.
I've been using these for a while now and I have found for my bird to use the fleece only collar during the regular part of the year. This is light enough for maximum mobility. My female blue throated macaw has adapted exceptionally well with this type. When it's her mating season though, I switch to the fleece with leather collar for additional protection. If I don't have anything on. Within a day her chest would be bare. I love them.
Only complaint is Velcro MUST be quadruple stitched as all birds know where the entry/exit point is. They eventually destroy the Velcro to shreds.