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Plucking The Other Bird? !

Discussion in 'Feathers And Grooming' started by Louise Waterhouse, Apr 27, 2019.

  1. Louise Waterhouse

    Louise Waterhouse Regular Member

    Hi all, our make cockatiel preens our female's head, and as you can see she is getting more and more bald! She puts her head down to him and she likes it, it's not aggressive.

    I asked the vet and he suggested separating them or making them think it's winter.

    Anyone else had this? Anyone used the anti plucking stuff, on a bird so the OTHER bird doesn't pluck her? !

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  2. Michael Reynolds

    Michael Reynolds Regular Member

    It is quite common for the male to be over plucking a female and I have had this with a few pairs in the past, I have anti plucking spray with mixed results, it can help with some birds so worth giving it a try. the back of a females neck is the most common place that an over vagarious male will damage and the taste of the spray is not liked by many birds so it helps in many cases, only spray from the back of the bird and never near there face,
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  3. TomsMum

    TomsMum Administrator Staff Member Admin

    I’m not sure how you can “make them think it’s winter” ??

    Yes this does happen. Keep an eye on the female, and if the plucking is getting excessive, or he’s hurting her or drawing blood, then I would suggest separating for a bit to give her time to recover.
  4. Louise Waterhouse

    Louise Waterhouse Regular Member

    With the winter thing, it was things like keep the daylight shorter (cover them earlier)so they think it's winter, therefore won't want to breed (as this plucking may be something to do with wanting to breed?)
  5. Kehaar

    Kehaar Regular Member

    My male Green cheek power grooms the back of his sister's head. The easiest way to get him to stop is to separate him from her for a few weeks.They still get time out together as she can fly off if he's bothering her. Yes, it means having to get another cage, but you can get a decent sized one rather cheaply online these days. This is the temporary cage I bought, it's easy to dismantle and reassemble if you need it in a hurry and easy to clean and carry about.
    It is big enough for my female, and she really does appreciate the peace as she sometimes sqawks when he grooms her head so it can't be pleasant for her. It happens every year, and I'm glad that I got the other cage because I can keep them seperate when the male gets a bit to over zealous with the grooming and it gives her feathers a chance to recover :)
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