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Old 11-11-2016, 10:02 PM
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Bella--Update

I got Bella's new cage today and putting it together went smoothly.
She is as friendly as ever with me and she loves her morning scratches.


I am going to be making an appointment Monday morning with the vet because...sigh I am afraid her plucking may be sliding into self mutilation.



I know it's no solution but should I look for and order a sweater or some kind of protection I can put on? I don't want to go with a collar.

It really breaks my heart. I thought she was younger and it would be easer to break her of this habit. I am not giving up, by no means. And I know it takes time. I guess I would have bought her even knowing she was not less than a year old.
I have toys in her cage and I have not seen her play with any of them.
I will review the feather plucking threads and see if I can find something that might be of help.
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Old 11-11-2016, 10:13 PM
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Re: Bella--Update

Thanks for the update. Bella's gorgeous.
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Old 11-11-2016, 10:57 PM
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Re: Bella--Update

I have no idea if it would help with plucking, but check out my thread about this toy I got my Loco. It definitely eases his preening urge while molting heavily. Maybe worth a shot? Ive seen someone mention that some birds dont know how to play with toys and need to be shown, not sure if youve tried that yet but its worked with me with things Loco didnt know what to do with. I just kind of swung it around and ripped it up a little (its a shred type toy) and then he realized it was for destroying.
Heres a link to my thread:
Preening Toy Good for Molting
Hope it helps and I hope he gets better!
Also, like you said the sweater thing isnt a solution but I think its worth a shot.. anything that can prevent injury and or infection is worth a try. Maybe it would displace her urge to chew to something else like a toy, which would obviously be better, which you can then work on toning down.

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Re: Bella--Update

Quote: Originally Posted by Loko View Post
I have no idea if it would help with plucking, but check out my thread about this toy I got my Loco. It definitely eases his preening urge while molting heavily. Maybe worth a shot? Ive seen someone mention that some birds dont know how to play with toys and need to be shown, not sure if youve tried that yet but its worked with me with things Loco didnt know what to do with. I just kind of swung it around and ripped it up a little (its a shred type toy) and then he realized it was for destroying.
Heres a link to my thread:
Preening Toy Good for Molting
Hope it helps and I hope he gets better!
Also, like you said the sweater thing isnt a solution but I think its worth a shot.. anything that can prevent injury and or infection is worth a try. Maybe it would displace his urge to chew to something else like a toy, which would obviously be better, which you can then work on toning down.
I'll go with this too. Bella's showing minor injuries at present and I would not want her to do anymore damage to herself and problems for you.
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Old 11-12-2016, 10:09 AM
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Re: Bella--Update

Bella is beautiful regardless of her feathering! The vet should be able to determine whether any medical issues are encouraging plucking. Some parronts have applied a harmless "bitter apple" solution that may discourage plucking due to taste. I would agree collaring would be the last resort, if at all.
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Old 11-12-2016, 11:38 AM
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Re: Bella--Update

Wes,Bella is beautiful..that first picture is great..she DOES look happy!
I don't have anything to help with the plucking..maybe just time?
When she finally realizes she isn't going anywhere anymore.

Shes' definitely taken to you


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Re: Bella--Update

That's so frightening. I hope there is a good solution. Birds must be very different when it comes to toys .. We gave Gus, the rescue B&G, lots of wood toys to chew and he has little interest. What he liked was the stack of scrap paper on a spike - he works on it for hours. I have been paying attention to how he uses his beak, and I think maybe he isn't strong, maybe has gotten weak from sitting in a cage for years. He has difficulty climbing around, and while he can stab a piece of magazine insert card with his beak, it's hard for him to tear the piece off. So for him, it's paper toys to shred, even though he's got that monster beak. There must be something for Bella, something that interests her. We had another bird that loved to hold a small bell, ring it, and holler. Oh, and Gus doesn't play with toys inside the cage much, he wants them on the outside. Can't blame him.
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Old 11-12-2016, 10:05 PM
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Re: Bella--Update

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Bella is beautiful regardless of her feathering! The vet should be able to determine whether any medical issues are encouraging plucking. Some parronts have applied a harmless "bitter apple" solution that may discourage plucking due to taste. I would agree collaring would be the last resort, if at all.
Yes! When I first got the "cockatoo man" his chest area was pretty much naked. his previous parront gave me a bottle of sour apple spray,to discourage plucking. It seemed to work..coz in a month or so, I could see the definite difference,but then again,was it because he was in a less stressful inviroment? That, I do not know But at any rate, Jonesy grew back all of his chest fluff and didn't look bald Only time will tell,Wes.


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PS..Bella looks to be very happy right now,in her present environment..the sour apple spray just might be the deterant that she needs...
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Old 11-12-2016, 10:48 PM
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Re: Bella--Update

Also Wes..not knowing what Bella's actual age is...you really have no clue on how long she has been doing these things to herself..


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Old 11-13-2016, 12:57 AM
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Re: Bella--Update

When I bought Bella the store gave me a toy that the owner said was hers.
I guess the original rope or whatever broke(that connected it to the cage) and they substituted a wire.

The wire was a multi-strand copper wire that you might use on a lamp or something. all the insulation was chewed off and the bare copper wires were sticking out loose and sharp.

I cant believe someone would be so stupid to use something like that.
I have fixed it with a regular small gauge stainless steel chain from another toy.

I am thinking I should have them (the vet) check poisoning or heavy metal .
Is this something that could be a concern?
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