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So Luna still freaks out and occasionally plucks out a whole feathers when I leave, she just seems nervous sometimes. Is there a way I can help to keep her more calm or especially when I leave? She is out literally 5-6 hours a day. I try to do all that I can, but nothing seems to help. She even pulled one out when she was out.....could it just be a molt? I feel responsible and wish I could change it, but I do not know what to do.
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This might sound silly, but do you have another bird?
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I don't know if your bird is flighted. I have a senegal and he is fully flighted. I always make sure he flies around the room and get plenty of excercise. I feel this does helped him with any nervous disposition.


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Also when a bird is nervous, frightened, or scared he/she would take flight to get away. If they can't fly away from what's frightening them then this may cause some frustration and may resort to self mutilation. Think is what I think, it's not something I read off the internet or anything.


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Also when a bird is nervous, frightened, or scared he/she would take flight to get away. If they can't fly away from what's frightening them then this may cause some frustration and may resort to self mutilation. Think is what I think, it's not something I read off the internet or anything.
No I couldn't agree more, I've seen it in a few birds
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http://www.birdtricks.com/blog/how-l...eather-damage/

Birdtricks posted this this morning, might make you feel a bit better
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I do not have other birds now, I had felix who passed. But only Luna right now. She came to me clipped which upset because after felix passed, I had decided I didn't want to clip my birds. I wanted them to enjoy flying...but she is currently clipped. Not much, she can still "fly" but not like she should be able to.
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Even more stupid question, would you consider getting another bird? My Amazon was plucked horribly and the best thing to stop him plucking was giving him friends


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Not right now but I'd probably consider it haha. She is only Would it have to be the same species? our could i get another type of poi instead? She came from an aviary where she was with his brothers and sisters all the time. So I don't think she was ever truly alone. Which I think is why she gets so stressed when I leave.
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Have you tried leaving the TV on or a radio? We do this for our lovie as it seems to calm and comfort her when we are out. Once we turn on either in her room she stops pacing and quiets down. Sometimes I play a youtube video on repeat for her too.

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Any bird in the house can make her feel a bit more relieved but the same species is even better. You can get another poi if you want. If she's used to having other birds around then I think having her own 'flock' would be a great thing
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I adopted a lutino red-rumped parakeet that is a plucker. I've had Goldie for several years. The avian vet and I had hoped that pairing her up with my male red-rumped parakeet, JJ, would help her with the plucking. The two have become the best buddies; JJ adores her and she won't let him out of her sight. However, it has not helped with her plucking.

Reasons for plucking can be various and complicated. Goldie's problem seems more hormonal. Here's what I use to keep Goldie from pulling out her feathers: I use King's Pluck No More in her water bowl every day. I top dress her daily birdie muffin with Releaves (an Avix product). These two products together have worked very well. I share this with you because red rumps are Australian birds about the same size as cockatiels.

Try all the other suggestions first, of course, and if they don't work, you can go to the herbal products and give them a try.


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Reasons for plucking can be various and complicated. Goldie's problem seems more hormonal. Here's what I use to keep Goldie from pulling out her feathers: I use King's Pluck No More in her water bowl every day. I top dress her daily birdie muffin with Releaves (an Avix product). These two products together have worked very well. I share this with you because red rumps are Australian birds about the same size as cockatiels.
I usually leave the radio on a classical music channel to try and help. I have been thinking about getting a linnie or a meyers and is why I asked. But right now is probably not the best time and something I would have to definitely save up for. I just got in King's Pluck No More because I read that it would help relieve stress which for some reason she is if I am not in the room. Do you think I should wait to try it?
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I would prefer to buy another parrot of her species.
In nature parrots are together with their partners 24 hours a day. We humans can't be a substitute for that.
Plucking can become a bad habit and often remains even if the situation that caused it changes.
Would there perhaps be a chance ot get another bird soon?
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It could be possible, just a lot of planning I guess. She is a girl brown headed parrot. Would I have to get a male? I don't want to breed at all. But would two females fight? I really did want to get a Meyers haha. Rats!!!
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With a male you have the best chances to get a happy couple without behavioral problems.
If she lays eggs you can cook them or replace them by artificila eggs.
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You could still get a Meyer's too ANY species in the house can be a companion for her. They don't even have to meet out of their cages but having the cage in the same room will give her a good sense of security and make her feel better when you're not around. Who knows, you could house her and a Meyer's together eventually if they got on well enough
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I noticed today that she tried to pluck when I came in and didn't take her out right away. And this sing the first time. Is there something I can do for this? I didn't take her out after she started. I just said no and then covered her cage so she would know it wasn't acceptable and she wouldn't get what she wanted by doing that. Any suggestions?
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Sounds like she's really desperate for your companionship. As said above, you may be able to curb this with another bird being around if you're willing to have another
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I'm not sure, but I think another bird would be good.




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