my first post in what is a very frustrating topic.
Jay is just 3 years old and is in a funny sort of plucking phase. It started out of the blue back in October when I came home from work and found he'd chewed off most of his flight feathers from one wing and he just wouldn't stop. The following morning he had chewed off all his flight feathers from his other wing and wasn't his normal little self. That evening when we got back from work he was very quiet, not talking much and looking very unhappy. All he would say was "Giz a kiss", but there was none of the normal squarking or Hello routine when we returned, so we contacted the vet and got him in the following morning.
The vet assumed it was diet and gave him a broad sprectrum anti biotic as a "just in case", and by the time I got back from work that evening, he was a different bird and definitely on the way back up.
He settled down after a 5 day coarse of anti biotic, and then in January his secondaries started coming back and he started over preening and chewing on a few. Since then he's pulled a few of his leg feathers and chews the tips of others, so we had a collar fitted to try and stop him. BIG MISTAKE.
I took it off after 2 days because he had managed to get to his chest and shoulders and pluck them bare, plus it totally changed his character and he looked thoroughly miserable with it on. But in the last few days he took to chewing off some of his tail feathers, and we ar stumped as to why he turns to destroying some of his feathers.
Prior to what seems to have been an illness, everything seemed ok. We had moved house a year before with out any problems, he had full flight and was always flying to us if we were out of the room, and is never locked in his cage when we are in.
He has plenty of toys, we have taught him an awful lot so that he understands when we go out, or go to bed. He had a near perfect temper with Jen and myself, although I'm his favourite, but now he just wants to preen, preen, chew, nibble, and preen.
The only time he stops is if he has a bath or I spray him, so we are looking for ideas within this forum to try and break this bad habit of his, because its changing him, and stressing and worrying us which obviously doesn't help him. One thing he used to like to do was fly around the living room before giving in to me when it was bed time, and I often notice how he looks at the chair at the end of the room as if to say, I'd love to fly to it but I can't. We are hoping that his primaries come back quicker rather than later to see if that helps, as he has a large house to safely fly around, both upstairs and downstairs with out worrying about open doors etc.
We bought him at about 3 months old from a garden centre, that sold a few birds, and there were no issues with him even in the old house. The location of his cage in the new house is much better from a light point of view, but we have central heating now rather than storage heaters, drier air and all that????
Right now we are trying out chewable items to try and get his attention, and may be some Aloe too in his baths to see if he is just itchy. He's a cracking bird, who's just not looking his best, and its somewhat painful to watch.
Edited by Paul, 07 March 2011 - 05:59 PM.