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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-12-2016, 12:58 AM Thread Starter
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African grey congo.

hi guys i have a 15 month old beautiful african grey congo very talkative, playful, and just a joy in my life. yesterday i was cleaning his cage to find 10-12 small feathers on the cage... so i watched him closely and saw him during his preening he was pulling them out.... so today all day i saw 4-5 fall he didnt pull them but when i had him on my shoulder he started preening so i recorded him and he pulled one out .... its breaking my heart to see him plcuking is this considered plucking???

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Unfortunately I don't know if he's plucking or not. Are the feathers coming from the front chest area only, if its from the chest only then this would suggest the bird is plucking.

Is it a time your grey might be starting a moult?

Where do you live? Is it cold and the furnace or heating is on high lately? Could your grey be experiencing dryness from the heating?

Do you let the bird shower daily? Or do you mist him so he can obtain moisture on his flesh under the feathers?

Have you been feeding him a new seed diet or any new fruits or veggies lately that he's never had before? Sometimes a change in diet can cause feather issues.

Most of all has the bird been under stress recently, have you been spending as much quality time with him as you usually or always do? Sometimes birds get emotional and can feel a little neglected when we get busy and might be spending less time with them.

Spoil him and spend extra time with him so he feels you aren't ignoring him.

If you find the feather loss gets worse I would take the bird to an avian for a check up.

There's a bunch of suggestions for you here. Please let us know how things go with him, I really hope he's not plucking.
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Yes, I would say he plucked a feather and ate it.
This is exactly what Yuki does to her partner Paulchen several times a day.
Plucking often is a health issue and not a behavioral issue.
I would give the CAG a helth check at the Avian.

Please make sure that the humidity in the bird room is high enough.
I use an ultrasonic humidifier for my birds.
Here you can see my poor plucked Paulchen and the humidifier behind the cage.

Also I give him a shower mixed with 1% organic Aloe Vera drinking juice daily like our Avian prescribed.

Greys are very sensitive parrots.
Maybe there was a change in his daily life that irritates him.
I hope that more CAG keepers read your thread and give more ideas and suggestions.
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He definitely plucked it, it took some force to rip out. Your best course of action would be to get to an avian vet. There are so many different factors that can influence a bird to pluck. Diet, enrichment, housing, routine, stress, illness, humidity, moulting, sexual frustration/hormones. Your avian vet will help you rule out any possible illness and then you can begin working on the other factors and see what you can do about them to improve the situation
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