Discussion in 'Parrot Media' started by RoyJess, Nov 27, 2017.
Well done Missy
Haha..the power of biscuits ( not that sort though appears to be choc chip emoji!)
Was she actually calcium deficient on a blood screen?
We have had no blood taken or tested, the calcium is just a booster as part of the feather plucking rescue pack, it's should only given twice a week for no more than a month or two
The first time I used a plastic collar was on my senegal parrot Niblet ok it was not owing to a plucking problem but I had my concerns. At first I felt like taking it off him as he acted as if he was drunk and stumbled as he tried to get it off. well I was instructed just to give him attention and see how he was in two hours (he was still slightly recovering from the sedation. I felt it was not much good and Niblet looked so uncomfortable. within two hours he was fine and hopping around but also unable to get to a nasty wound on his leg that was caused by the ring digging in ) he was able to eat and get about fine apart from the leg that was making him hop and rest by staying on the other foot. I Have used similar plastic collars three times now with three different species and after success (Not for plucking) and seeing the bird once they got used to them being able to be birds and even fly and play I have to say compared to the experience with the cone collars I will recommend them. Ok I have only used them after small operations and rather not use them with the pluckers but still I wished I had used one on Jeff the white ringneck whom was a mutilator as it may of saved him from causing him the fatal damage he had conflicted. It is important too encourage and distract the bird at first and it can be hard to watch them but they are the closest way at the moment to allow the bird a normal way of living. Depending on the type your vet has as to the weight of the collar. the lighter they are I found the better, Has any other Member tried them on a bird?
We are taking her to the vet once Roy recieves his comfy collar that a lovely lady is making for us. She has had success with the comfy collars so we will try this. Then Faye our avian vet will put it on for us after Missy has had blood taken. We won't be getting plastic collar.
I've done some research into collars. From what I understand, there are 2 types of plastic collars, the Elizabethan collar (cone like) and the tubular collar. The Elizabethan collar can be restrictive to the bird. The tubular one allows more mobility. I also need to consider the comfort of Missy as well as not restricting her accessing her water and food in her bowls which some collars can do.
The comfy collars won't have any sharp plastic than can push into the bird and should allow for maximum mobility in the bird.
With regards to the tonics that I've been using to lace the biscuits with. I did initially tried these a few weeks ago without success, I was adding these to fruit and Missy went off her fruit, so I stopped. Looks like lacing her biscuits with these is working and today is the 3rd consecutive day that I've been giving her the plucking stop it, which is a herbal antidepressant containing St Johns Wort among other ingredients. Today her temperament does seem a lot calmer, however I don't want to speak too soon
Sorry I should of said Tubular
What I understand, if you try and react in any way to the feather plucking, you will re-enforce the bad behaviour and make it worse. I'm hoping the foraging will keep her occupied enough to keep her busy
The foraging bowls are going down well. We didn't just get them for Missy, but Jess also got 7 bowls each for Princess Mia, Gizzie and Bernadette.
These are the bowls that we bought. They have a wingnut so we can fix them at any angle to the side of the cage.
All the birds (mentioned above) are loving these and are moving from bowl to bowl to find food.
Since Friday my Bernadette (Bernie), Princess Mia and Gizzie have had 7 bowls in their cages. They are loving them, they always go for the hardest one first. They like hanging upside down using one foot to get to a bowl and climbing all round their cages to find the bowls , it really encourages natural behaviour.
I really wish I did this ages ago. Soon after a week of them getting use to them I will be putting diiferent things inside. At the moment it is still seeds but I will be putting foot toys, I will also make foraging small toys to fit inside too, nuts, seeds etc.
and I have been worrying that Lucy insists on eating her seed upside down..... I have been putting perches around the bowl, she is not interested, so I presume it is normal and should be encouraged? @JessCheekyMia
@Kendra I wouldn't worry it is normal for them and they do it in the wild. I found this out at my local zoo, they got their B&G to go upside down on a branch and reach for his seeds. They also do it with their Galah's. It sounds like Lucy prefers this method lol
Lucy is a Blue and Gold, must be something with them. The amazons hang upside down but not eating, Dusky Grey would not lower himself.
Missy enjoying some basic target training, I usually give her small treats and then one larger reward for the final one. She did initially rejected her larger reward as it was a biscuit laced with Plucking Stop it medication and earlier that day she had some laced with the calcium. But she did eat it in the end
Aww good girl Missy xx
Oh I do love seeing little Missy. She is doing so well. I love her so much.
I got a Valentine's card for Roy with Missy photo on the front.
Missy enjoying her foraging pots. Her daily allowance of food is divided between 7 pots. The food is then covered with beads and shredded paper. A strip of paper is then placed across the pots.
You are so good with her and it shows x
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