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Learn how to care for pet birds with this instructional video - How to Stop Feather Plucking.
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Hi, I am Suzanne with Featherheads. We’ve been talking about caring for your parrots and were going to talk about a particular situation with parrots feather plucking. And we have a very special guest today, this is Chang and Chang as you can see has plucked. Chang actually is about 25 years old he is a Hurricane Katrina survivor. He came to us, he had been on a very bad diet. He’s been with for us about six months. We converted him to actually the Roudy Bush rice diet, which works very well for birds with issues of plucking, which has many, many causes, but for Chang, he also had a great deal of kidney problems from his long term diet of seed. We’ve had Chang tested and his tests were very good, except for the fact that he has serious kidney issues. Over the course of the last six months, we’ve improved Chang’s diet and Chang has actually solved all his kidney problems. He will never solve all of his plucking issues, simply because it has gone on for so long. He actually has damaged the feather follicles. But we are really very excited that Chang actually has some tough feather back on his chest. It’s not much. Chang is a red band cockatoo that are few red band cockatoos around and he’s a really good boy, and wed love to have you come and visit him here. Some of the causes for feather plucking. It’s probably one of the most common things that people call us about with problems. First thing you need to determine is whether or not it’s a physical cause that requires your veterinarian. After that you can review, it maybe behavioral issues, it can be allergies to foods, it could be the time of the year, it could be seasonal and that either age, as birds get older, its either hormonal issue in the spring, or a lot of time what happens is, in the fall when the heat first goes on, all of our houses become much drier. Our bird’s skin feels itchy to them and they start to itch. But the first thing you need to do is to rule out that the cause is not a physical cause, there are many-many illnesses that can cause feather plucking. See, when rule those out, then talk about the behavioral issues, whether or not there are food issues or whether or not there are other items that may be affecting the birds behavior. A new person in the family, you’ve been way on vacation, all of those things can play a role in causing a bird to start feather plucking. We have been talking about feather plucking; next item we are going to talk about is permanent identification for your bird.