Feather Plucking: What Products Do I Need?
So, 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 Destructive Behavior. What exactly 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.
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.
Mild Feather Picking (such as feather shredding)
- Daily misting with Aloe Vera
- Shower perch to make bathing easier
- Feather-in Spray
- Learning behavior modification and bird training to help you catch yourself in unintentionally rewarding the behavior
- Optimizing nutrition with supplements like Featheriffic! Or
- Optimizing enrichment and foraging activities
Moderate to Severe Picking, Plucking (The behavior seems to have taken on an 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 self-confidence
- Clicker Training to help you attend to when and how to provide attention for wanted behaviors
Self-mutilation (Skin Damage)
- UnRuffledRx Leather Collar or Saf-T Shield
- Medihoney Gel
- Above recommendations for Moderate to Severe Pluckers
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.