Feather plucking?

griegos767

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Hello, thanks for helping!

We adopted an eastern rosella a couple of months ago, and when we got him the feathers on his chest looks disheveled and I wondered about plucking. He had a hard life with no toys and all seed diet before.

We were really happy to see his health, behavior, and feathers improve. His red chest feathers even grew back!!!

But then, for the first time after having a full red chest, I noticed him preening in that area and his chest suddenly looking quite disheveled again. If I look at the bottom of the cage, it even looks like the red feathers are a bit shredded.

We don't have an aviary vet in our area, so we're still looking for a specialist who can help. In the meantime, does anyone have experience with this? Is he ok? And is there anything I can do to try and alleviate it or help the little guy?

Seriously the sweetest bird I've ever had, and it's killing me if this means he is distressed.

Thanks again for your help!

(I attached a photo in the reply post below
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Here is a photo!

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That is a gorgeous Rosella! Kudos for adopting and improving his life in so many ways!!

While most plucking issues are behavioral, some are result of illness, parasites, or other medical issues. Locating a certified avian vet is good idea for baseline checkup as well as assessing periodic plucking. Given your bird grew feathers after adoption, my hunch is you are witnessing a cycle of hormonal or behavioral nature. Honestly, plucking is one of the most vexing afflictions, often without clear cause. Please view a comprehensive thread from our Behavioral Forum for helpful guidance: http://www.parrotforums.com/behavioral/52217-plucking-search-answers.html
 
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Thanks so much for your reply :) I'll definitely be going through all these resources and start checking off the list.

I'm already learning a lot, it looks like he is 'chewing' his feathers rather than plucking them clean out.
 
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Visiting an Avian Medial Professional is the very first on your list. And the sooner the better.

Sailboat read the original post in full, only helpful comments please if you actually care about helping this bird..
 

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Visiting an Avian Medial Professional is the very first on your list. And the sooner the better.

Sailboat read the original post in full, only helpful comments please if you actually care about helping this bird..

Hmmm, may I direct you to the Amazon sub-forum and the second 'highlighted' Thread at the top which title starts: I Love Amazons --...

Decades of caring have centered /targeting serious health problems with a foundation of a starting point. If I actually care?
 
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Visiting an Avian Medial Professional is the very first on your list. And the sooner the better.

Sailboat read the original post in full, only helpful comments please if you actually care about helping this bird..

Hmmm, may I direct you to the Amazon sub-forum and the second 'highlighted' Thread at the top which title starts: I Love Amazons --...

Decades of caring have centered /targeting serious health problems with a foundation of a starting point. If I actually care?

Once again, it looks like you're trying to prove something instead of offering helpful suggestions for this situation.

Only helpful comments please...
 

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