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Old 06-09-2014, 12:54 PM
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Talking Feathers!

Folger is getting them back


He is looking a lot slicker overall! The ones on his belly are definitely getting higher... I'm getting the feeling though that only one side is going to come back Also, he can now go unsupervised without the collar for a couple hours before trying to rip his own flesh off I've also noticed better preening habits from him when I take the collar off.

I just put him on chamomile because of his jumpiness. I'm hoping it will smooth him out a little. And know how he was being nice to my stepfather....well I guess my stepfather pushed a little too far and Folger nailed him pretty good I was out of the room but apparently he had stepped up for my stepfather but then my stepfather put him back down and went to do something. Came back to ask him to step up again and, this is me guessing but..., I think Folger told him no but my stepfather didn't notice the language and persisted....yeah you can guess the rest... Now my stepfather is wary again
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Re: Feathers!

Way to go Folger!!

Those are some awesome new feathers. Victoria, that is some wonderful news that some of the feathers are growing back and he is getting better at preening.
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Old 06-09-2014, 03:16 PM
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Re: Feathers!

Great to see!!
Even his preening behavior is changing, wow! You're doing such a good job. Folger is truly lucky to have found you.
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Old 06-09-2014, 04:42 PM
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Re: Feathers!

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Great to see!!
Even his preening behavior is changing, wow! You're doing such a good job. Folger is truly lucky to have found you.
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Way to go Folger!!

Those are some awesome new feathers. Victoria, that is some wonderful news that some of the feathers are growing back and he is getting better at preening.
Thank you guys I was wondering for a little while if I was making any difference for him since he still has so many issues. But you kind of have to step back and go you've only had him a little over 3 months and he has at least 14 years of issues and abuse. It can still be so frustrating though since you just want him to snap out of it and realize everything is fine now but that is just not how it works!

It does help to look at the pictures of when I first met him and visually see the difference compared to now!
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Re: Feathers!

Amazing, Victoria!!! Rehabbing a plucker/mutilator has got to be the toughest behavioral challenge you can encounter in a parrot! It's amazing the difference you've made in Folger's life!
Wow! I'm so happy for you both!
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Old 06-09-2014, 09:20 PM
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Re: Feathers!

Thanks Anansi! He is definitely a challenge but then he does this clicking thing with his tongue and drops his head to press it into the side of my face...makes it worth it

Okay so I had a thought tonight (I know it was a huge surprise to me too). I was thinking that the freak boy, I love him but he is a bit of a freak, would feel more secure and less jumpy in a smaller cage. He tends to just stay in his corner in his big cage and only ventures out to eat and drink. So I set him up in my upper stacker (Lokis old cage) tonight with all his favorite things. So far he is doing fine eating, drinking, messing with his basket.

The setup...

What does everyone think? I'm going to give it a couple days and see if it helps any.
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Re: Feathers!

Hey Victoria, has it been three months already? Congrats to both of you. Folger is looking good. Plucking can be so difficult emotionally, even when you are doing everything you possibly can, the destructive behavior continues. Folger has been plucking for a long time, as you said, it takes a while to change those hard wired habits. I'm sure you've noticed a lot of positive changes other than his plucking. I think he might like the smaller comfortable cage, I'm sure he will voice his opinion very loudly if he doesn't. Keep up the great work. Is your stepfather Folger's favorite victim, or does he have others?
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Re: Feathers!

That's awesome one of the pluckers we took in has continued plucking and it really breaks my heart to see her doing that to herself. Feathers or now Folger is still a cutie.
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Old 06-10-2014, 08:47 PM
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Re: Feathers!

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Hey Victoria, has it been three months already? Congrats to both of you. Folger is looking good. Plucking can be so difficult emotionally, even when you are doing everything you possibly can, the destructive behavior continues. Folger has been plucking for a long time, as you said, it takes a while to change those hard wired habits. I'm sure you've noticed a lot of positive changes other than his plucking. I think he might like the smaller comfortable cage, I'm sure he will voice his opinion very loudly if he doesn't. Keep up the great work. Is your stepfather Folger's favorite victim, or does he have others?
Yes it has I couldn't quite believe it when I was trying to figure out how long it has been a couple weeks ago. Folger actually seems to like my stepfather to a degree these days but Folger still doesn't completely trust him and won't tolerate not being listened to by him. Now my mother on the other hand! She is definitely his least favorite person so far... no idea why really



So I know I didn't mention this before but Folger has gone completely silent since I put the collar on. No Hi Folgies or Whatta you wants or showing off for that matter. He even barely puts in the effort to attack things in his cage when my mother comes up to him. WELL early today after being transferred to the smaller cage last night....he went nuts again when my mother came up to his cage to say hi! Is it bad that this is a good sign He started attacking random things in his cage and shaking them up again Plus, he was telling her Hi Folgie and Good Folgie and Hello and Step Up.....he even gave her his little demonic laugh after

And tonight he is grinding his beak in contentment for the first time since the collar went on. I'm glad the smaller cage seems to be working for him so far! I even saw him on the floor of the cage so I might try a box on the bottom for him to rip up...hopefully...
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Re: Feathers!

Wow, Folger is looking amazing! There is such a HUGE difference in him now, it is so obvious in those pictures Keep doing what you're doing, it is working miracles
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