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Old 11-26-2020, 05:54 AM
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Angry Urgent help! Bad feather plucking!

I’m still in shock, my friend sent me a picture of his cockatiel, i was in utter shock i couldn’t believe it. His cockatiel has completely plucked his feather NECK DOWN.
i told him to go to a vet ASAP he said he doesn’t want to waste money on an animal!!! i’m so mad why get a pet if you can’t provide their smallest right which is a health check. here’s a picture of the poor thing my heart is broken. i need ways to convince him that poor cockatiel might just die. if anyone knows a treatment or medicine or a food diet to help the poor tiel please tell me. i asked him if i can adopt the tiel and take care of it but he strongly disagreed. he wouldn’t even let me pay for the vet visit! any ideas how to help the tiel??? i don’t know how to post an image since i’m using my phone but here’s a link to the picture!
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Old 11-26-2020, 08:42 AM
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Re: Urgent help! Bad feather plucking!

Wow that bad. Someone needs to take that poor bird away from him. If he unwilling to spend money on a animal. Then he sure not be allow to have any animals period. I can only imagine the neglect and abuse that poor bird is going through? Reason he plucking is likely due to poor health, or lack attention, or stress and likely all above?

He the picture of the bird.

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Old 11-26-2020, 04:47 PM
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Re: Urgent help! Bad feather plucking!

Plucking is definitely one of the more vexing traits of parrots. There may be multiple triggers, and at some point some birds can normalize the behaviour so that it becomes a habit. Unfortunately, plucking and self-mutilation are not uncommon among many species. It can be brought on by a multitude of different triggers from parasites, to boredom or stress, through to the bird having been force-weaned as a fledgling.

It’s important to remember though that sometimes even the most loved and physically healthy parrot who receives the very best of care can become a habitual plucker for no earthly reason that we can discern. Very sadly, there is no one “silver bullet” that can fix it.

One of our beloved former moderators began a thread with a description of the issues and resources to help mitigate or end plucking:

Plucking: A Search For Answers

In the event however, that your friend is not willing to seek professional medical advice to determine if there is a health problem causing his bird’s condition, then he is being highly irresponsible. There are several avian vets listed in the UAE and you can find their details by accessing the following link…

Good for you for advocating for this little one’s interests, and I hope he is able to get some help.

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Old 11-27-2020, 11:25 AM
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Re: Urgent help! Bad feather plucking!

That poor thing..some people just shouldn't have pets.

Amy my beautiful Blue Front. Who was four months old when she picked me to go home with to her "forever" home in 4/1990.. DNA'd MALE in 2015
Jonesy, a cute Goffin 'too
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that was 18 weeks old 5/20/2016,

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