replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for getting back to me. Sometimes feather plucking is caused by hormonal problems, so that's why the vet prescribed Lupron.
Feather plucking is one of the most frustrating problems a bird owner or vet has to deal with. There can be many causes. Often, no specific cause is found, so your vet has certainly done nothing wrong in not finding the exact cause. Sometimes it's a health problem, so the first thing to do is have an avian vet examine your bird. You have already done that.
Nutritional deficiencies or imbalances can also lead to feather plucking. You're using a pelleted diet, which is an excellent start, but I would add much more variety. Most fruits and vegetables are safe. Never feed anything containing avocado, garlic, onions, chocolate, or caffeine. Remove seeds from fruit because some seeds are toxic, including apple, peach, plum, apricot, and cherry seeds.
Appropriate produce includes papaya, sweet potatoes, yam, cantaloupe, cooked winter squash, pumpkin, apples, papaya , mango, oranges, melon, pineapple, berries, pears, peaches, plums, kiwi, banana , cherries, cranberries, grapefruit, tangerines, beets, radishes, turnips, carrots, mustard greens, dandelion greens, Swiss chard, parsley, basil, cooked potatoes, green beans, tomato, peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, eggplant, snow peas, fennel, and sugar snap peas.
Cooked whole grain pasta, rice, and beans can be fed. Whole grain breads are also suitable. The following site has more information on feeding:
Also, be sure to provide cuttlebone and mineral block.
If you use fluorescent lighting, consider replacing it with full-spectrum. Fluorescent lights can flicker, which birds can see even though we can't. It can be stressful enough to them that they'll begin plucking themselves. Not getting enough sleep can also lead to the problem. A bird needs at least 12 hours of sleep. If your bird is kept in a room where the lights are on and activity continues at night, you may want to consider moving the cage to a room where it's quiet and you can cover the cage for can get adequate sleep. If you're already providing 12 hours of sleep, try 14.
Once physical problems/conditions are either ruled out or treated, if the problem continues, it has become a behavior problem. In that case, it sometimes becomes permanent. To decrease the chances of that happening, be sure your bird has the largest cage you can afford, a variety of perches, and plenty of toys. Provide lots of attention and out-of-cage time. Try to teach new things. The more enrichment and activity you can provide, the less likely plucking is to continue. You can read more about feather plucking solutions here:
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