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Old 02-13-2020, 07:40 AM
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Looking for advice african grey

Hello .I'm urgently seeking advice. I moved into a bigger house and now My 17 year old african grey has started plucking his feathers around his neck and chest(never pluckted in the past ).I'm not sure if his stressed out our is it due to sumthing els can the moving have a effect on him ?iets been about 4 months.if also noticed a red swollen lump in is neck chest area .il post sum pictures .he still has the same personality like normal iets only the feather problem Should I take him to the vet or is there a home remedie. I really dont like seeing him like this.
Thax in advance wil really appreciate any advice .pictures below .

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Re: Looking for advice african grey

Plucking without visible signs of other issues or problems could mean that he is stress from your move. Plucking with visible signs of something ( your red swollen lump in is neck chest area) means a visit to a Certified Avian Vet - NOT a dog and cat type vet. Bird illnesses and issues are completely different from mammal problems. A Certified Avian vet will know the correct diagnosis and treatment, while a dog and cat vet will not.

I would strongly urge you to set that visit up right away, so your Grey does not get this plucking to be a habit. Good Luck!
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Re: Looking for advice african grey

Yes, you should definitely take him in to see the vet. A Certified Avian Vet if possible. While plucking can be behavioral, sometimes there is a medical cause. And as Al mentioned, if the medical cause isn't addressed swiftly, his plucking response to a medical issue could become a psychological habit that is notoriously hard to break.

Not to mention that there could actually be a serious medical problem.
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Re: Looking for advice african grey

Truly great advice above!!!! So, do you have an appointment made today??? Yaaa, its that important...
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Re: Looking for advice african grey

Welcome to the forums, and to your new home! Agree with all the above advice. Plucking can result from a variety of causes, please read this superb summary: Plucking: A Search For Answers
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Re: Looking for advice african grey

Thanks to everyone that answered. I'm taking him to the vet tomorrow. Will keep you posted
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Re: Looking for advice african grey

any news/update please?
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Re: Looking for advice african grey

Yes, please update us. We are interested to hear what the Vet had today!
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