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Old 09-29-2013, 02:14 PM
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to flock or not to flock? and what bird if so?!

Hi

I am new here and have been reading up as much as I can about my CAG, Pepper.

We have a good relationship, she is never left in her cage when im home. But the problem is I work alot and I worry she craves entertainment and attention in the day, I try to surpress this by taking her into the shower in the mornings (she sits on top, wont get under the stream yet) and I push her cage up to the window so she can look outside when I'm in work. Her cage is 40"x40" and full of toys, but she still plucks her feathers (the top of her chest/bottom of neck).

I am aware she needs a vet check, which will happen asap, but assuming that gets an all clear (which I suspect it will) is the answer to the daytime problem another bird?

And if so, which one?

Amazons appear to be a little bity for me (my long term girlfriend has always been nervous of pepper, so this is a big thing, id like to build her confidence so she can help give the birds attention)

Id love a macaw, but I dont have the space for the cage, I would need a simular sized parrot to the CAG.

Conures apparently too loud?

Major mitchells cockatoo seems to be the best I can think of, but will the two birds be enough interaction with each other until I get home?



....help!
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Old 09-29-2013, 03:35 PM
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Re: to flock or not to flock? and what bird if so?!

You might want to try determining why your CAG is plucking, before bringing home another bird.

While boredom can be a plucking factor, there are many more reasons, from environment to dietary, to lack of humidity, to a medical condition.....it can also be that birds that have developed a habit of plucking, do so to give themselves a cheap high, in that they pluck for the euphoric feeling they get from the release of endorphins caused by the pain generated by the plucking and/or mutilation.....

How old is your bird? How long have you had it? Was it already plucking when you got it? Trying to figure out the cause of the plucking now, before any other birds are brought into the home, will be much easier than later.

As to what new species might be best, another grey or any of the 'too species is going to double your dust factor, but as far as one that would get along, that is totally up to the birds & the fact that your grey could always assume a new bird is replacing it and/or encroaching on its territory, exacerbating its plucking problem.....

While I've had from 1 to a dozen birds while working outside the country, for extended periods, over an 8 year period, I have never had a bird to pluck.....

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Re: to flock or not to flock? and what bird if so?!

Thanks for the great reply!

Ive had her about 12 years, I believe shes 16 or so. She started plucking about 4 years ago when I moved out and she had to stay with my mother because my place was too small at the time for a cage.

I have started introducing alot more fruit and veg into the diet and her base pellets are of a high quality. So im pretty confident at the moment with that.

vet is on the cards asap to rule out anything underlying.

humidity is a good one. Its very low here, any tips to increase it?
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Re: to flock or not to flock? and what bird if so?!

Quote: Originally Posted by Marc.cheshire View Post
Thanks for the great reply!

Ive had her about 12 years, I believe shes 16 or so. She started plucking about 4 years ago when I moved out and she had to stay with my mother because my place was too small at the time for a cage.

I have started introducing alot more fruit and veg into the diet and her base pellets are of a high quality. So im pretty confident at the moment with that.

vet is on the cards asap to rule out anything underlying.

humidity is a good one. Its very low here, any tips to increase it?
While I don't know for sure, I would hazard a guess that she started because of the separation from you and possibly has progressed to becoming a habit.....you could talk to your vet about a collar & if you are changing her diet, along with increasing the humidity, you might be able to correct the plucking, but there is not an overnight solution.....

To increase the humidity level, you could use a mister or a vaporizer, operating near her cage.....just be sure to not let the water reservoir run dry and if you will be using a unit that has had any type of medication in it, be sure it is thoroughly cleaned to remove any residue medication.....

Good luck.....
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Re: to flock or not to flock? and what bird if so?!

We share the same assumption on the cause and continuation of the plucking. Will try a vaporiser

Thanks again
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Re: to flock or not to flock? and what bird if so?!

To keep a Grey occupied you don't always need another bird. Spirit was a only bird for years. He loved his fish tank and he would watch TV, kids shows were his favorite. As long as there was something going on he was happy. If you really wanted another bird or two a couple parakeets can offer lots of entertainment. Now that I have a good size flock he wants NOTHING to do with any of them. When it comes right down to it they do nothing together and I can not trust any of them with each other if I am not right there to watch for toe biting.
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Re: to flock or not to flock? and what bird if so?!

One thing I have found is that Hahnzel doesnt prefer to be right in front of the window all day. It can stress him out, so consider that as well.
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Re: to flock or not to flock? and what bird if so?!

Really? Mine loves the window... the window sill is one of his favourite places to sit. The sun shines at the front of the house to so its his only real way of getting any sunlight when the weather is cold.




see if you can spot him

I might get him his own little tv to go next to his cage... see if that works.
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Old 09-30-2013, 05:24 AM
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Re: to flock or not to flock? and what bird if so?!

In regard to the window thing, each parrot may be quite different in relation to their tolerance of it. My GCC and Sun love being near our living room window as well (they are in separate cages). They have become "guard parrots," lol.

Both of my little nosey fids like to watch the comings and goings in the neighborhood. In fact, whenever someone is taking a walk near our front yard or whenever anyone pulls up our driveway; the birds, along with our yorkie let us know. They are LOUD!
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Re: to flock or not to flock? and what bird if so?!

Yep, mines a guard parrot too. I think he took after our dog who likes to bark through the window whenever anyone comes in sight of the house....
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