How can I stop my bird from plucking her feathers?


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I own a quaker parrot and she keeps plucking her feathers. I keep a few bells and toys in her cage for her to play with but she doesn’t really use them. How can I stop her from plucking her feathers? I’ve heard that putting things like cardboard toilet paper rolls and paper cups and things like that would help…Is it safe though?

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8 Responses to “How can I stop my bird from plucking her feathers?”

  1. john e

    Put up a sign that says ‘NO PLUCKING’.

  2. CAT

    You need to get her mind off plucking she is board a few bells and toys dont cut it!! You need to go shopping buy new toys change them every few months would you like the same toys day after day? give her many things to do and EAT cut up some apples grapes corn look up things to feed a parrot give her things to do like eating and playing!!! its not just toss in a toilet paper roll an say have at it!! You need to make things FUN!!!

  3. JC25Yo!

    Your bird is depressed. Why don’t you spend more time and attention with it, then it won’t pull it’s feathers out. Birds aren’t some animal that just sits in a cage, they need affection too.

  4. K Cacas

    If your parrot is taking out her own feathers, that means that your parrot is stressed. Is her cage big enough for her to stretch her wings and move around in? Is there a way for her to exercise her muscles from time to time? Is she in an environment that’s lighted 24/7 or always noisy? Are there kids in the house that keep tapping the sides of her cage or chasing her around the living room?

    Stuff like that are often a factor with bird stress levels, so you have to watch out for that, too.

    Meanwhile, make sure that she also gets proper nutrition, without having to give her the same type of food day in and day out. :)

  5. Lila

    It is very probable that your quaker parrot is lonesome.
    Quaker parrots are very sociable animals and, like other parrots, they often “adopt” their owner as their partner if they have no company of their own kind. Now, if the owner can’t spare a lot of time to spend with the parrot playing and stroking him/her, the bird will, sooner or later, feel lonesome and neglected and start plucking his/her feathers (many other kinds of parrots do that, too).

    Just giving your pet more toys such as cardboard rolls etc. will hardly eliminate the problem – you have seen that she is not really interested in her toys.
    I urge you to either spend more time with her or consider giving her a mate of her own kind.

    Good luck!

  6. Freedom

    Feed a better diet. Try Dr. Harveys. It is all natural. And like others have said, be sure the environment is clean, stress free. fresh water, room enough to stretch/flap.
    http://www.herbsnbirds.com/dr-harveys-bird-food.shtml

    I also give my Grey a side dish with Herbal Salad in it. It allows your bird to self medicate naturally. This stuff is fantastic. I have seen my bird eat it when I know he is not feeling up to snuff. It also helped my Neighbors bird stop plucking. It’s miracle salad!
    It’s on this page: http://www.herbsnbirds.com/avian-products.shtml

    They also have products specifically for plucking. I have never had to use them though I really like this company and highly recommend trying it.

  7. kim

    Plucking can mean a number of things & it isn’t curable until you find the cause for it.

    This can be anything from boredom, incorrect diet, allergy, too much of a certain food type, inadequate cage size/toys etc, moulting & feather/itching itching, stress. This list can go on, but all you can & should do is take him to a GOOD avian vet to find out the cause first. Then you can go from there.

  8. zarzoorner

    Many people don’t realize why birds do pluck there feathers, bird plucking is caused mainly because of lack of nutrients in the diet,mostly protein, bird try to get the nutrient from its own feathers by sucking the end of the feathers, depend the size of your bird, to start, boiled eggs, or animal food containing high proteins,simple and easy fish oil are good , put couple of drop fish oil in to the seed mix, mix it well and keep it the fridge for 2 days let the oil to be absorbed in to the seeds than give it to your bird, you will have very happy bird.
    As a 30 years bird breeder, never had that problem with my birds, thank God for this diet,
    Yes! some people will tell you that the birds is a stress, well there is some truth in there, but mostly the problem comes from lack of nutrients,
    I hope I been help to you.

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