Down plucking


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Aug 18, 2021
Oscar a 13 year old blue gold macaw.
Coco a 21 year old African grey.
Hello all. I’m new here. I have a 12 year old B&G macaw he was a rescue I don’t have much history on him but I have had him for the last year and a half. His diet was horrible I am pretty sure it was just sunflower seeds and potato chips. Now he is on a pellet diet with fruit and vegetables on the side. Since I’ve had him he has molted 2 times and never stops plucking his down every day it looks like it snowed in the house. The only time he stops is when he runs out of down then a week or two later there it is again. I give him showers weekly the rest of his feathers look fine but this constant flow of down has me a bit concerned. Has anyone else ever had this problem? I can’t find anything about it anywhere. I’m taking him to see an avian veterinarian this Friday. Any info would be awesome. Thank you.


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