Posted by Diane Burroughs on December 09, 2014
Tips To Manage Feather Picking in Parrots
Feather picking parrots often do so for a variety of reasons and the problem ranges from mild feather picking to devastating self mutilation and biting the skin. Understanding some of the causes of feather picking will help you, as a caregiver, to avoid bad habits that may contribute to the behavior or understand how to change the behavior in your parrot.
We always recommend that you take a bird that picks and plucks to an avian vet to uncover why your bird may be engaging in this behavior.
One of the most often discussed issues for feather picking birds is the fact that they may be malnourished or not receiving the general nutrition that they need to stay healthy. Of course it is usually not done intentionally, and sometimes, no matter how hard you try, it is difficult to get a bird to eat a proper diet. While you work on getting your bird to accept a healthier diet, bird collar may help prevent feather picking in the meantime.
Dr. Freud is In
One common aspect that many owners forget is the psycho-analytical aspect of feather plucking parrots. See below for some behaviors to encourage and avoid:
There are several other causes that could be causing your bird to pluck its feathers, including:
If you have been diligent in correcting the psychological and dietary issues and the problem is not resolved you may wish to seek a certified avian veterinarian to rule out any medical issues.
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