The unusual way in which birds pluck their hairs is called feather-plucking. There are a lot of reasons why birds pluck their feathers, most of them are signs of environmental or health problems. Wild birds do it to build their nests during breeding season but if your sweet-little-friend at your home does it then it’s something that needs to be taken care of.
You may have noticed your parrot chewing its feathers and sometimes of their companion birds also. This causes damage to their skin. They pluck the feathers of the parts where their beak can reach easily. Generally it is observed that the damage is caused to feathers on the breast and neck.
The best advice we can give if your bird or parrot has been plucking their feathers unusually, is consider a vet. The vet would tell you that if it's due to an environmental cause or some other health issues.
What causes birds to pluck their feathers?
Birds start plucking their feathers due to environmental causes, lack of interaction, boredom, infections or toxic exposures and the most important one is diet. Most probably the birds that are stressed pluck their feathers. Don’t worry, your vet is gonna ask you a few questions to get
to the root cause.
Your vet may ask you on the following points:-
Diet - Nutrition is important for birds as it is for humans. Giving your furry-friend a good and nutritional diet may reduce the chances of feather-plucking. Try to include fresh fruits and veggies and avoid oily things.
Stress - Imagine if you are home alone and you don’t have anything that’ll keep you engaged, no cell phone, no pc, no gaming and nobody to talk to. Definitely you’re gonna get stressed. So is the case with birds, if you’re not spending proper time with your little-pet, it may feel neglected and as a result they’ll start plucking feathers.
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Sleep - Birds are sleepy, not every time but need more sleep than humans. Try to have a consistent sleeping schedule and if possible then allow your bird a dark and quiet room to ensure its proper rest.
Clean & Comfortable cage - No human can live or prefers to live in a dirty place, similarly no bird does. Birds are considered to be hygienic by nature and a dirty cage is detrimental to their physical and mental health. You must take care of the place (cage) where your ‘bird’ lives.
Dusty environment - Sometimes birds start plucking their feathers due to the dust. It can cause itchiness and infection in bird’s skin. Avoid dusting when your bird is in the room or choose a place where there’s no or low dust at all.
That’s it with the causes of feather-plucking. Now let’s have some information about its treatment.
Treatment of feather-plucking
If your bird has already started plucking its feathers it may not be stopped immediately, it’s a slow process and may take some time to be in effect. Get your vet’s advice on it and look after the points mentioned above. Immediately take action to move your bird to a more comfortable environment, spend some time with them and also, don’t forget to play with them. Get your bird
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Your veterinarian's suggested drugs with improvement in environmental conditions can get you rid of your bird’s feather-plucking problem.
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Side note- I once visited a local bird store where i found a cockatoo who's cage was on the ground. It was a plucker who seemed to be returned to the store because of neurotic behavior. I immediately knew she was coming home with me. After the initial vet visit, it was determined that she was healthy but starving for attention. After many long hours for many months of working with her she eventually grew back all of her feathers. So if you are dealing with the issue of feather plucking know that there is hope!