Tag Archives: African Grey Feather Plucking

Jerry Our African Greys New Feathers

We are so happy to announce that our African Grey Jerry has 95% of all his feathers back.

We adopted Jerry back in 2001 and he has on and off been a feather plucker.  After changing his diet last year to only vegetables and Harrison’s Pellets and Roudybush pellets his feathers made a comeback….. Plus every other night on his dinner veggie meal we sprinkle some Hemp Seeds and Pumpkin Seeds (No salt ) on top of his veggies.

Check out Jerry’s photos below in chronological order.

Ann Zych – FunTime Birdy

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Help for Feather Pluckers

Cockatoo Toy for Feather Pluckers We had been noticing that our Umbrella Cockatoo Marshmellow was plucking her feathers.  At first we were told that this was part of a hormonal issue but after a while we realized that what started for one reason had now continued for another (habit plucking).

We had been noticing that when she would pluck she would pull her feathers out from the root and then chew on the sheath around it.  We noticed that this sheath was very similar to a straw in texture and feel.  We came up with an idea for a toy the FunTime Birdy Senior Porcupine that would incorporate the straw idea by placing straws inside a hole in a wooden block .  When we gave this toy to Marshmellow we noticed that she immediately started chewing the straws.   We also made the Senior Last Straw which is larger and made for larger Cockatoos and Macaws.

We are so happy to report that Marshmellow loves these toys so much that she has forgotten to pluck her own feathers.  We give her a bath each morning and the next thing we know she is chewing the straws and then the wood.

We decided since plucking is also a prominent behavioral problem in African Grey parrots we would make the Junior Porcupine which is a smaller version of these two toys.