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Lyla’s Inspiring Story | How She Stopped Feather Plucking

Thank you to Laura Brown for this delightful story about her African Grey Lyla who stopped feather plucking. Over to Laura who tells us her story. Laura  My and my little Grey Lyla went through a tough time together at the beginning of covid. I had to isolate at home which had a massive impact on […]

Feather Plucking | What Is It And How To Stop It?

Dot Schwarz explains the medical, behavioural and environmental reasons that Parrots feather pluck, and what you can do to stop it. Feather Destructive Behaviour Feather plucking, also known as FDB (Feather Destructive Behaviour) is not seen in wild Parrots. It’s a behaviour of captive bred or wild caught Parrots, living in homes or aviaries. You […]

Feather Plucking – Psychological Factors (Part 2 of 2)

Liz Wilson explains more about the causes of feather plucking. As explained in my last column (Feather Destruction – Environmental Factors – Part I of II), Feather Destructive Behaviours (FDB) or feather plucking are a symptom of an underlying stress. In a brief review of the previous column, environmental stressors include sleep deprivation, malnutrition, improper […]

Feather Plucking – Environmental Factors (Part 1 of 2)

Liz Wilson tells us more about feather plucking. Q: My bird is a feather plucker. He’s been to the vet a couple of times, but no medical condition was found. We’ve tried med­ications and topical sprays, but nothing seems to work. He’s worn a collar for a few months now and his behaviour has changed dramatically. […]

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