Lovebird plucking feathers due to hormonal issues


New member
Dec 23, 2020
Cockatiels, Lovebirds, Parakeets
Recently I adopted a male three-year-old peach faced lovebird with a long-term plucking problem.

He plucked off all this feather from his back to his neck. His previous owner took him to the vet and the vet said it was hormonal issues that caused him to pluck off his feathers as his little girlfriend was on eggs at the time. However, the situation didn't get any better even after the eggs were taken away. The vet did not prescribe any sort of medicine. I bought some stress reliving medicine from chewy and dropped 2 drops of the liquid into their water every time (following instructions as directed on the packaging) but it didn't seem to have any effects.:confused::confused::confused:


Supporting Member
Jul 10, 2015
Western, Michigan
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What Avian Medical Professional are saying is: There are several reasons that Parrot's Pluck their feathers. Correcting the 'driver' very early in the process 'can' stop plucking. Once the Parrot transitions from a specific driver to a behavior response very little can be done to halt plucking. Some individuals have been successful in reducing stress in the Parrots and/or its environment.

Not every Parrot is perfect, but they all have a reason to be loved. Time to switch to keeping your Parrot comfortable and well loved, forever more.


Well-known member
Aug 2, 2018
Neptune blue quaker (MIA), Ta-dah GCC female, Penny quaker female, Pikachu quaker female!!, Phoebe quaker female, 3 parakeets males, Burt The Burd GCC female RIP
Smartly stated above. There are often health issues linked with plucking.
Behavioral issues that lead to plucking are hard to resolve. They get a biological feed back like endorphins from plucking, and it becomes a way they deal with stress. It can a complex issue.
I have a plucker, and veterinarian determined Behavioral...sometimes she stops fir short periods, then keeps doing it. I still love her bare neck and all, she uses her feet to pull skin and feathers down then rips out with beak.

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