About BirdSupplies.com

Diane Burroughs and Peachy


Diane Burroughs had always been a lover of all animals. As a child, she'd bring in unwanted dogs and cats or rescue strays and giving them a loving home. This love took on a new direction and passion when she discovered the personalities of parrots. Thus in 1998, BirdSupplies.com was hatched.   
Her passion for parrots and training as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, let Burroughs to work on common parrot problems.  Over time, Diane realized that one problem that a lot of parrot owners were dealing with was feather plucking.  And, that is when UnRuffledRx Bird Collars was developed. 


During this time, Burroughs' own birds were also maturing, and she had the opportunity to learn a lot about parrot behavior. She realized that each one of these intelligent birds developed a unique personality as it matured. Using both her clinical training and her vast parrot experience, she coached her customers to resolve parrot problems.
Peachy, pictured above, is a 21-year-old male Moluccan Cockatoo who was instrumental in this work. H e went through a serious fungal infection that resulted in feather plucking behavior. Burroughs helped Peachy leave his bad habits behind, and learned a lot in the process. With the help of her avian veterinarian, she developed a thorough understanding of feather plucking and created UnRuffledRx Bird Collars.  


Desperate parrot owners who are seeing feather plucking for the first time may have heard from their vets that a common cause of plucking is "behavioral issues." A feather picking behavior can be caused by boredom, not having enough space for exercise, hormonal issues and more. This can lead to an over-preening habit that is very hard to break. Even worse, pluckers can turn to chewing their skin and self-mutilation. These scary habits cause the owner and the bird a lot of distress.

Thankfully, there are a variety of wonderful bird collars to keep your bird  from picking his chest feathers. The Recovery Collar is a very common recommendation by vets. These collars look like their namesake - cone-shaped collars (with the cone cut off) like the ruffled collars worn in Queen Elizabeth's England. These collars are typically worn with the cone pointing away from the chest. They create a barrier between the bird's beak and chest and prevent feather plucking. 


BirdSupplies.com makes 7 different types of soft bird collars for mild, moderate and severe pluckers. Mild pluckers damage feathers occasionally, in a tiny area. Moderate levels of feather picking leads to bald spots and a higher frequency of plucking, or literally pulling the feather out by the shaft. Severe plucking is the alarming stage when not only are there almost no feathers on the bird, but he has damaged is skin, as well. 

For mild pluckers, soft and plush bird collars are best. Thicker collars used under several soft layers work better for moderate pluckers. Severe feather pickers do best with a stiff or leather collar that prevents the bird from obsessively reaching its feathers and skin with its beak.  

You can find these items and more, such as parrot calming supplements, feather plucking rescue packs, feather growth supplements, books to understand feather picking and more.  

Remember, a plucker can slowly sink into self mutilation.  Research shows that 1 in 10 pluckers progress to self-mutilation. This is the fear Burroughs had for the Moluccan cockatoo, Peachy. He was a plucker reacting to illness, but he could just as easily have turn into a self-mutilator, like many cockatoo's do. .   

Don't ignore your bird's feather picking. Browse the BirdSupplies.com website, contact them for advice, and remedy the problem as soon as possible.  

This handsome parrot is Peachy. He's checking out the Colorado scenery riding shot-gun in the front seat.  Send us pictures of your parrot doing something cute or using our supplies so we can add it to our gallery! 

 Peachy first hand parrot screaming experience

Don't miss our weekly birdie blog for actionable bird care tips, fun parrot pictures and humorous stories about birdie adventures.  

Have a Got bird story you'd like to share?  Email Original Bird Stories & Photo's. The BirdSupplies.com team will review it and maybe even post it on the blog.