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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-03-2010, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
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Hi,Please look at my photos.

My parrot meally amazona farinosa,has lost its chest feathers,he has had a physical,no problems. What can i do?
Please help!!!
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-03-2010, 09:38 PM
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It looks to me that he has been chewing his feathers. If you look closely at them, they are broken and frayed in several places. This would indicate to me that they have been chewed.

I would really take him to an avian vet for a check up to rule out any hidden issues. Feather picking can be hormonal, in many species hens will pluck their tummy feathers at breeding season. It could also be a vitamin defieciency, parasite or any number of health issues, or even just boredom. First you need to rule out any health conditions and then target the behavioral possibilities.

He is a beautiful amazon though, I have never had the pleasure of meeting a mealy!
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I am not familiar with these birds at all...but is his beak right?? It loonks long and thick to me. He is a beautiful bird but I agree he looks like he is plucking.
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He's definitely chewing his feathers - this could be a physical issue, or an emotional one. Have you changed anything in the house? New job, new schedule, new people, new furniture? Anything that could increase his stress level could cause him to pluck.

His beak is also overgrown - way too thick. I would take him to a vet and see if they can run some tests to see if it's a physical problem on the plucking and file his beak down

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I was wondering about his beak too, is that normal for an amazon? Did you have blood tests done for beak and feather disease? Have you seen him chewing himself?
Keep a close eye on him and see if he is chewing his feathers. Give him some new toys to keep busy with and mist his feathers with a spray bottle with warm water.
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Amazons, like most big parrots, are very susceptible to change.

Even new curtains or new furniture can have them in a frenzy!

Your parrot may not show it if he's upset in any way.

He could also be bored.

Linnielover made a good point. Has he been tested for beak and feather disease? His beak is terribly overgrown.
So that his beak may be stopping him eating or doing things normally which could make him annoyed and cause him to pluck his feathers.

Parrots can take a while to stop feather plucking. But it can be done. Misting is a good idea, and maybe if possible, watching him for a while to see if you can find the cause.

Good luck.

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