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8 FACTS ABOUT PARROT FEATHER DESTRUCTIVE BEHAVIOR (FDB)

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    BIRD COLLARS ACT AS A BAND-AID

    Bird collars are the first step of a course of action for feather plucking management. It will benefit you greatly to catch the problem as early as possible and to address the underlying causes of feather plucking including anxiety, environmental or medical issues.

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    HAND-FED CHICKS ARE PRONE TO ADULT ONSET OF ANXIETY

    A well thought out hypothesis of San Diego veterinarian Dr. Jenkins proposes that hand-fed chicks are more prone to adult onset of anxiety related feather plucking behavior. Corroborated by parrot behaviorists’ hand-fed chicks seem to miss major developmental milestones that are necessary for mood stabilization. Anxiety reduction is a major component of managing all FDB

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    SHARP PLUCKING INDUCED PAIN RELEASES CALMING ENDORPHINS

    Just like human cutting or hair pulling, FDB is addictive. Intense pain releases highly addictive endorphins into the body that instantly relieves anxiety. Once addicted to this form of anxiety relief, the behavior becomes an obsessive need. That’s why caretakers turn to behavior modification for FDB management.

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    DISCOVER WHEN ANXIOUS PARROTS PLUCK

    Anxious parrots pluck more during social or unpredictable events. Parrot calming supplements are an essential component of your FDB management strategy. Nobody wants a “drugged up” parrot, but that can be managed, too. Parrot calming meds include over the counter products such as AviCalm, Herbal Relaxation or Pluck No More. It is helpful to tinker with the dosing and administration timing. Research shows that medicating in early morning and upon arrival home from work offers optimum results.

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    PARROTS NEED A DIFFERENT KIND OF LOVE

    We all love massaging our parrot. But, parrot anatomy requires a different kind of love. Wild parrots mate annually in response to a specific set of criteria that make them hormonal; a nest-like cavity, a high protein diet, and lighting. Plus…. Touching sensitive body parts. Evidence shows that inappropriately petting a parrot causes a chronic hormonal state. This, in turn, causes enough sexual angst that the bird starts attacking itself. Ugh. This becomes addictive!

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    TRACK SOLUTIONS WITH THE A-B-C STRATEGY

    Behavioral feather plucking requires an understanding of behavior modification, something that most of us don’t know much about. Learn how to track your parrots triggers and unwanted behavior with The Feather Destructive Behavior Workbook. Discover what issues trigger FDB. Learn responses that end problem behaviors and promote behaviors that you want to see more of.

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    GET A VARIETY OF COLLARS THAT ADDRESS DIFFERENT PARROT MOODS

    It’s clear that restricting normal parrot behavior only increases anxiety. Parrots need to preen, play, forage and explore. The trick to managing FDB is to find the least restrictive bird collar that your parrot can tolerate but one that still protects the feathers. Just like you, parrots moods change throughout the day and week. UnRuffledRx Bird Collars come in a variety of restrictiveness levels. Take advantage of our Combo Discounts to buy a range of bird collars for different times of day or mood variances that your bird experiences.

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    MATCHED BIRD COLLARS MAKE FOR A LESS ANXIOUS PET

    Experts agree that birds respond best to bird collars of similar color to their natural plumage. Sure, festive collars are cute, but your bird needs to feel normal in its bird collar. Choose from a variety of bird collars that match your parrot’s natural plumage and reduce undue anxiety. Some anxious parrots react to unnatural colors.