What Products Do I Need to Help My Feather Plucking Parrot?

Choosing Products to Help Feather Plucking Parrots

Feather Plucking Parrot

What Is Feather Plucking in Parrots?

Your pet bird is destroying it’s own feathers and you’re looking for ways to help it. You’ve landed on the right website as we specialize in providing remedies for Feather Plucking in Parrots. A new, more inclusive term is Feather Destructive Behavior?

The definition is “the willful damage or destruction by a bird of its own feathers. The general term of “feather destructive behaviors” (or FDB) encompasses any form of a bird’s self-inflicted feather damage, including shredding the feathers, biting them off, pulling them out, etc.” About 10% of birds that engage in FDB progress toward self-mutilation behavior.

First Things First When Your Bird Starts Plucking

The first thing you need to do is consult an experienced Avian Veterinarian to rule out medical issues that contribute to FDB. Once medical problems have been treated and nutrition has been optimized you’ll want to consider products to help manage your bird’s behavior.

What Research Says About Managing Feather Plucking in Parrots

Feather plucking behavior is one of the more common problems that avian veterinarians encounter in their day to day practice.  

There are five major approaches to keeping your parrot comfortable and safe.  You'll find many products in our product catalog to assist you with helping keep your parrot safe and comfortable.

Managing Feather Plucking in Parrots

Physically Keep Your Bird From Further Damage with a Bird Collar. 

Managing Feather Plucking in Parrots

Consult with Your Avian Veterinarian to rule out medical causes.

Managing Feather Plucking in Parrots

Insure Optimum Nutrition.

Managing Feather Plucking in Parrots

Learn Environmental Needs to reduce parrot stress.

Managing Feather Plucking in Parrots  

Determine Bird Care Practices to improve your birds mental well-being.

About the Feather Plucking Rescue Pack

Cause Solution Benefit


Natural products address nervousness, anxiety and obsessive tendencies in birds.





Made with L-Theanine, the active ingredient in Green Tea, Avicalm reduces nervousness, calms anxiety and minimizes OCD like behavior.

Mix 100% Natural Avicalm with water for best results. Please be sure to refresh water supply at least once a day but preferably twice a day.


(dry skin, abrasions, prickly pin feathers)





No Pick: A bird safe mixture of Aloe Vera Bird Spray and Bitter Apple, a safe but bitter taste deterrent 100% Natural Spray. The Result Is supple skin with bitter taste to deter over-preening.


Pluckers are constantly regrowing feathers which is very demanding on the body depleting essential nutrients from other organs and body systems.




Featheriffic mixes natural products and ingredients for a delicious feather growth supplement to sprinkle on food. Excellent results, especially when used with No Pick Feather Plucking Spray, Bird Vitamins and Cal-D Solve.



AviVita Plus is a comprehensive formulation providing 14 avian essential vitamins, 17 amino acids and 7 minerals.



 Many birds, especially African Grey parrots, they are prone to calcium deficiency. The result is that they will suffer from nervous behavior and cramp attacks, also known as calcium tetany, a painful condition that may cause a bird to chew on itself. Cal-D-Solve addresses the underlying cause of nervousness.


Mild Feather Picking (such as feather shredding)

  • Daily misting with skin soothing Aloe Vera Spray
  • Shower perch to make bathing easier 
  • Feather-in Spray 
  • You learning behavior modification strategies to help yourself learn how to shape the behaviors that you wish to continue and stop behaviors that worry you
  • Optimize nutrition with supplements like Featheriffic! and AviVita Plus
  • Boost enrichment and foraging activities

 Moderate to Severe Picking, Plucking (The behavior seems to have taken on an anxious and obsessive quality)

  • The Feather Destructive Behavior Workbook
  • Frequency, Intensity, Duration Worksheet
  • Feather Plucking Rescue Pack
  • Calming Products
  • Bird Collar or Parrot Poncho
  • Nutritional Supplements, especially Avivita Plus and Featheriffic! and Calcium Supplement
  • Skin Soothing Products
  • Training your bird to improve its self-confidence
  • Clicker Training to help you attend to when and how to provide attention for wanted behaviors

 Self-mutilation (Skin Damage)


Feather Destructive Behaviors (FDB)/ Feather Picking/ Feather Plucking. (n.d.). Retrieved June 20, 2016, from http://www.birdchannel.com/bird-behaviors/bird-feather-plucking.aspx

Disclaimer: BirdSupplies.com’s Bird Behavior Index is intended for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the expertise and experience of a professional veterinarian. Do not use the information presented here to make decisions about your bird’s health if you suspect your pet is sick. If your pet is showing signs of illness or you notice changes in your bird’s behavior, take your pet to the nearest veterinarian or an emergency pet clinic as soon as possible.