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August Abbott, CAS, Certified Avian Specialist
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I have a 23 year old female African grey.about 7 or 8 years

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I have a 23 year old female African grey.about 7 or 8 years ago she starter to pluck her fethers
mainly from her chest and thigh area.there were constructuion i think the noise what precipitated
the plucking she does it early in the morning before i get up.each morning there are fethers in the there anything i can do to stop the plucking?i've tried different vitamins
Thank you
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Bird
Expert:  Kelly Hill replied 7 months ago.

Hi. this is Dr. Hill. Feather destructive behavior is usually multifaceted. African Grey's and cockatoo's are the two most common birds we see this in. There are a number of things that you can try to stop this behavior. First I recommend that you set up space(s) for captive foraging.

Expert:  Kelly Hill replied 7 months ago.

I will post a link to a captive foraging video in a moment.

Expert:  Kelly Hill replied 7 months ago.

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