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Old 04-24-2011, 03:43 PM
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Pietry my umbrella cockatoo picking and breaking his feathers.

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Hey guys, I'm a newbie here but I really need a bit of help, I've never been on a forum before about pietry (my umbrella too) but I'm having a problem now with him We have recently had to move back to my parents house for a while and he has had move into a smaller cage. He hates my parents. An siblings and attacks them whenever they come near him as a result he doesn't get out of his cage much unless I'm here on my own. A few weeks ago he plucked some feathers off his chest. And now today in the space of about two hours he broke his wing feathers on his right wing in a perfect line as if he had been clipped now he can't fly properly. Can anyone help... Will his feathers grow back? Is he stressed out??? I'm so upset and worried about him... Thanks for any advice and comments Lisa
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Old 04-24-2011, 03:58 PM
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Re: Pietry my umbrella cockatoo picking and breaking his feathers.

Feather Disorders in our Pet Parrot's

As feather plucking is about as complex as you can get & there are many reasons for it. I would Have a Vet check to rule out any health issues. Although i would think the move hasn't helped much at all. Hope you get some ideas from the link.
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Re: Pietry my umbrella cockatoo picking and breaking his feathers.

Yes they will grow back and its probably due to the stress of the new environment. Get to a vet and have them work out a plan for him so that this doesn't become a habit. I know Cockatoos are prone to plucking so the earlier you intervene the better it will be. Make sure he has lots of toys to chew and destroy, I know someone who helped their cockatoo by giving them a safe mop head to preen. Good luck!
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