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Old 06-26-2012, 02:10 PM
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Feather Chewing

How do I stop feather chewing!!!!!?????

This is just driving me insane. Since I've had Erin she has had ragged feathers. I was told it was just from being chashed around to be held, etc (she wasn't tame). Well, 2 and half months later they're still ragged. She chews them down to the vein. She has no other problems at all. No itchiness or red skin. She has no sores and she doesn't pluck, just chewing and I thinks it's from boredom. She soaks in the shower with me everyday and that helps for a few hours as she she dries because she wont preen wet feathers, but if I forget a single day or cant take her in with me she goes right on back to chewing.

We switched her to a healthier food and took out all the extra vitamins, she is in a well naturally-lit room, filled with sunlight with the perfect temperature. I think she does it out of boredom.

There is nothing we can do to entertain her. We leave on the tv and she doesn't notice. She has every toy you could think of- little, big, bright, dull, shredable, foraging, plastic, cloth, metal, etc. You name she has it and wont touch it.

Any advice to stop the feather chewing or to entertain her? Please?
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Old 06-26-2012, 02:55 PM
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Re: Feather Chewing

Have you taken her to the vet yet? There are tests they can do to check for certian types of diseases, metal poisoning, and .. I can't remember at the moment what exactly, but sometimes feather destructive problems start because of them.. then just become a habit.

You could put a little bit of aloe in water and mist her down as well if you think her skin is irritated or dry.
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Re: Feather Chewing

You may not be able to stop it Kazi was a plucker and a chewer. He's mostly stopped plucking, but he still chews his feathers up. I have stopped it somewhat by putting lots of preening toys in the areas he spends his time in. His favorite so far is a mop head with a gazillion beads and things tied to it.

If she wasn't tame, does she know how to play? She may not know what to do with those toys at all. Kazi didn't. I had to show him and still have to show him, how to play with every new toy.

But, unfortunately, I have no solutions to offer really. I'm just assuming Kazi will always chew up his beautiful feathers. I wish he wouldn't, but I'm not sure it's possible to stop. I hoped when he had a home with plenty of attention and interaction he'd just naturally stop, but the more I read about it the more it seems if he stops it will be the exception, not the rule.
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Re: Feather Chewing

Quote: Originally Posted by Safira View Post
Have you taken her to the vet yet? There are tests they can do to check for certian types of diseases, metal poisoning, and .. I can't remember at the moment what exactly, but sometimes feather destructive problems start because of them.. then just become a habit.

You could put a little bit of aloe in water and mist her down as well if you think her skin is irritated or dry.
I haven't taken her to the vet yet, but I go her with a clean bill of health and vaccinated. I am taking her though after we move for her yearly, which I am terribly dreading. I don't think her skin is dry. It;s just something she does out of boredom. She just picks at her wood and then eats and wil walk and show off and whistle and then she gets bored and preens.
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Re: Feather Chewing

Quote: Originally Posted by lizardsmells View Post
You may not be able to stop it Kazi was a plucker and a chewer. He's mostly stopped plucking, but he still chews his feathers up. I have stopped it somewhat by putting lots of preening toys in the areas he spends his time in. His favorite so far is a mop head with a gazillion beads and things tied to it.

If she wasn't tame, does she know how to play? She may not know what to do with those toys at all. Kazi didn't. I had to show him and still have to show him, how to play with every new toy.

But, unfortunately, I have no solutions to offer really. I'm just assuming Kazi will always chew up his beautiful feathers. I wish he wouldn't, but I'm not sure it's possible to stop. I hoped when he had a home with plenty of attention and interaction he'd just naturally stop, but the more I read about it the more it seems if he stops it will be the exception, not the rule.
We have every toy under the sun and we taught her how to play with them. She loves to poke holes in and just chew on the cloth, she unscrews all the bolts to everything and likes to tug on the plastic rings, but does not play with them alone.

The only thing she does alone is eat, drink, overpreen her feathers , and tear off tiny pieces of her wooden stand to throw every where. yes the wood was cleaned and it is safe. Anyway, the preening started before we bought her and her sister does it too.
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Old 06-26-2012, 04:47 PM
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Re: Feather Chewing

Sorry about Erin . My RB2 was a shredder and a plucker when I got her.
But now since I have her , she has gotten a lot more attention and one on one when she wants it , which is all the time now , lol. She has gotten to knows better
But she has just about stopped shredding and has completely stopped plucking.
She has grown her wings back too , now she can proudly fly around with Yoshi
She used to watch him and get so excited , it was cute and sad at the same time.
But now she takes flight and she loves it . I never thought her flight feathers or any of the other ones would grow back , but they did and she looks 100% better then she did when
she came to live here

I think mites could possibly cause them to shred , but I could be wrong.
I would take her back in to the vet and have them look for reasons for her shredding.
Best to eliminate health reasons first. He you been spending less time with her possibly ?
Life happens an sometimes we don't realize that a small change in schedule can affect them so much more..
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Re: Feather Chewing

When you got the bird, and they gave you "a clean bill of health",that means absolutely nothing other than a visual was done by a vet. A bird must undergo several tests, some several times to rule out medical causes for plucking. These tests cost several hundred dollars, no breeder or seller of birds ever does this. How long have you had her? You mention "a naturally lit" environment, can you elaborate? If you are talking filtered sun through windows and screens, this does not do much for birds.
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Re: Feather Chewing

Another couple of questions~
Are the cockatoo and macaw housed near each other? Is there an air filter near them?
What is the bird's diet?
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Re: Feather Chewing

I did take a couple weekends away and a week through out the last month. I don't know if it'd be mites because she isn't itchy. Do you think it could be mites even if she doesn't itch?

@ Keepsmiling I have had her since April. Her sister, whom she was bonded to did the same thing and they'd preen each other alot. SO I have had her for almost 3 months now and she gets the light from the sun, filtered through the window, except for 2-3 hours when we open it and 30 minutes of playing outside.

The cockatoo was a previous bird before her, so she is the sole bird so we dont have an air filter. Our place is pretty clean and dust free. She used to be on some Bird Paradise blend but we had her pick out her own food (since she only ate pistachios out of the last blend), so its banana chips, almonds, boca nut cashews, pistachios, walnuts, dehydrated carrots, corn, peas, chiles, and green beans.
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Quote: Originally Posted by MaraWentz View Post
She used to be on some Bird Paradise blend but we had her pick out her own food (since she only ate pistachios out of the last blend), so its banana chips, almonds, boca nut cashews, pistachios, walnuts, dehydrated carrots, corn, peas, chiles, and green beans.
This is her entire diet?
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