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Congo African Grey--Plucking--Help
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    bearbowen is offline New Member
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    Default Congo African Grey--Plucking--Help

    Any suggestions that might help with this problem...besides toys & attention...good diet. I've tried "Pluck No More" from Kings cages...used three bottles--still plucking.

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    Faded time is offline Member
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    Nov 2013


    Do you have a veterinarian who is comfortable seeing birds? There can be dozens of reasons why your bird is plucking. First you need to rule out the physical causes. Your bird should have fecal swabs and choanal swabs evaluated for yeast or bacteria that should not be there. Have a blood smear and full chemistry panel run to make sure that there are no internal problems or infections that might be brewing. There are a range of viruses that can be ruled out by sending some blood to an outside lab. Realize that they aren't perfect and some false negatives can appear on the report.

    Once you have ruled out physical reasons for plucking, its time to examine your birds emotional state. Go back to when the plucking first started and try to remember if there were any changes in your house hold. Family members moving in or leaving, work schedules changing, a new house or new cage. The plucking most likely would have started almost immediately after the change occured. Psychological pluckers can be difficult to stop even after the inciting cause is found. The plucking becomes a habit, much like finger nail biting. There are a wide variety of psychotropic drugs now that can be used to help birds either stop plucking or improve it, but they have to be based on weight and be on a regular schedule.

    I don't know what is in the "pluck no more", but you really shouldn't be putting anything but water on your bird. Birds spend a great deal of time preening their feathers because they have to be in tip top shape for survival. (Birds still retain their ancestor's instincts). If anything foreign goes on the feathers, it can actually make the problem worse. The bird wants to remove what ever it finds on its feathers that is not normal, and that includes amino acid sprays and other sprays. We see this happen often at our clinic, and the sprays were put on by well meaning owners who only wanted to help their bird's feathers look good or for the bird to stop plucking.

    Before you go to a veterinarian, make some notes of changes in the environment, changes in your bird's behavior, the exact diet, anything you can think of. Its difficult to answer questions the office. Memories go out the window. If you don't know of a veterinarian who sees birds on a regular basis, look online to find the closest one to you. Greys are extremely sensitive, which I'm sure you know, and are often emotional pluckers, but ruling out physical reasons is the first thing to go for.

    Faded time

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