Plucking nightmare

Yellowchickenparrot

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So I have been away for 13days and Luna has been locked away for all of them. However she has grown some feathers so I'm now trying to locate what ever is stressing her to pluck. Pics are before and after, I have listed things which have changed that might be causing it, views and opinions please.20190906_085803.jpg20190919_095605.jpg
*Dogs were here with an extra three so she's obviously not bothered by them.
*Me, kids,wifey were away and she was left with a lady she didn't know who was able to stroke her head after a few days. Is it the kids? Me? My wife?
*She normally goes outside in her cage or in the aviary 4 to 7 days a week, is this stressing her out? Does she like it?
*I started her on calcivet the day I left, can this stuff really work? Would it work that fast?
*she's got a cuttle fish which she's never had before and she seemed to enjoy chewing it.
*She's not had any spray showers for two weeks, could it be this?
*she's been left alone for 6 hours with the radio on just like I would do sometimes.
*I normally get up in the night and get milk for baby this can happen once or twice, is this upsetting her?
*are her hormones settling down with the cooler weather and age?
What do you guys think/feel?
 
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Kendra

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I wish I could give you some definite advice but afraid I can't. I have a grey and he does not pluck but definitely prefers the quite life, at the moment he is with 4 other birds and he is not happy. It took him 3 years to even be polite to me, but think he is just begging for a rescue from the rabble, he will have to wait though until the room is finished.
 

Setanta

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I allowed 3 caiques to share a big flight and plucking ensued while I was away.

In my case I found the culprit, his head feathers were intact, so he was the instigator. I believe it was hormones, having two males and one female in the same flight

Your case is different but my solution may work. A complete change of scene. new surroundings, new activities, even a solitary cage.

In my case feather growth began uninterrupted as soon as I separated the 3 musketeers, made sure they were EATING their high quality diet, placed them by windows to watch the world, and misted them regularly

Its an ongoing process, good luck
 

Michael Reynolds

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it may not be something you are doing wrong but something they had done correctly that stopped the bird from stressing, was she in a different cage? what way she was facing, did the sunlight shine more in the morning than the evening, its so hard to pinpoint all what goes through there minds. ok the getting up for the baby I think you can rule out as she plucked before hand. cuttle fish and calcivet I doubt would work so quick but the cuttle fish may of kept her mind occupied. it may be just the voice of the person looking after her sounded familiar.
 

Michael Reynolds

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Every so often Holly leaves her feathers to grow like this but although nothing changes she will just pull some out at times although a few survive so she is better now than when I first got her.
 
Trust me, I wish I could answer you! Like has been said, change of routine, different person, no showers etc.... it could be a combination of these that led to the plucking. If no medical reason behind it, it could be a self soothing reaction to each little stresser. Our Bebe reacted in a similar way a while ago when we were looking after an African grey for a short while, yet we're looking after a budgie and finches at the moment and she doesn't care. I hope things settle now that you're home!

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plumsmum

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Not sure hun what is up with Luna but just passing on something with Lou. Lou seems to overload with attention, I couldnt touch her at first as she immediately started on her feathers so she came out for no touching cuddles. Is Luna getting too much attention/cuddles?

Even now with Lou touching is limited before it sets her off, so I sneak in the odd kiss instead. Sticking to head skritches is a must.
 

plumsmum

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Is Luna able to have some down time at her choosing? Is her cage in a location where she isn't disturbed every time someone walks by? It is important to take cue's from them and not insist because it suits us now to have a cuddle or play. Routine is important with birds also. It may just be 'too much' rather than not enough and a slightly quieter life would be preferable to her?
 

Yellowchickenparrot

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You might be on to something there as she's been locked in her cage for 13days and no when she's out having cuddles she's started plucking even if I'm sitting in the same room as her she seems to get a bit flustered and starts plucking like mad in her cage. She always sits on my shoulder and bows her head and snuggles on me and if I don't give her a head rub she nips me really gently until I do lol. Humm what to do.
 

Yellowchickenparrot

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She was born in a crazy house with other birds and 7 dogs and my house if fairly quiet but has mad moments, she is fairly out the way and can rest.
 
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