What Size Bird Vest or Collar Do I Need?

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What Size Bird Vest or Collar Do I Need?
Feather picking Kiwi needs a fleece bird collar

 Question: Could you help me with sizing for these items so I can order the right ones for her? I'm so desperate to help this little lady who I have fondly named Kiwi. She is a beautiful affectionate soul who's had a very bad start it life. She is still young I believe. No older than 2. I have included a picture of my poor kiwi in the hope that this helps. Kiwi and I greatly anticipate your reply.

 

Kindest regards Sophie

Answer:  Hello Sophie,

First, thanks so much for becoming a pet bird ambassador! You are the best thing that ever happened for your little lady! I'm attaching a free copy of my "Understanding Feather Plucking" report in your email. First, thanks so much for becoming a pet bird ambassador! You are the best thing that ever happened for your little lady! I'm attaching a free copy of my "Understanding Feather Plucking" report in your email.  How to measure for feather plucking vest or bird collar
Photo Credits: Peachy by Diane Burroughs, 2015[/caption] It's a little difficult to accurately tell you which size bird collar or feather picking vest your little girl will need without some measurements.  Can you take a piece of yarn  and measure her:

  1. Circumference of neck
  2. Circumference of chest
  3. On the back, measure length from back of neck to largest part of chest

With the extent of the feather plucking, I'd suggest the soft bird collar for moderate pickers.  There are two reasons why I feel this is the best feather plucking barrier.  First, we want those wounds to breath and heal properly and the feathers to start growing in unrestricted.  The loose fit will help with these concerns.  Second, a vest won't keep her from her wings and, those wings look pretty damaged. Your vet can tell you the extent of follicle damage and the possibility of feather regrowth as well as medical issues that may be contributing factors to the plucking.  While the low body weight is shocking, your veterinarians have probably addressed the malnutrition issue. 

My bigger worry is the medical implications of the very low weight. Malnutrition can cause organ damage. I trust your avian vet has discussed a premium pellet diet, possible supplementation including a feather growth supplement like Featheriffic! and a calcium supplement.

In terms of deterring an obsessional picking issue at that weight, I imagine that your friend may start putting weight on as you replenish her body. She'll be able to grow and still wear the collar. Her feather picking is clearly not the worst I've seen. These few pics show an early bonding and a sense of spunk! I'd wonder how she might do in a "moderate feather plucking collar" accompanied by careful training that she get's mama's attention by playing with toys and loving vs. picking at herself. All of our soft bird collars come with detailed instructions on how to train your bird to tolerate them with minimal distress.

Again, I think you are a wonderful person for adopting a parrot in need.

 

 

 

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