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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-10-2015, 05:56 PM Thread Starter

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i work at an animal shelter and someone surrendered a grey and caique. they grey has a plucked chest with fuzzies coming in. his chest shivers, but i don't think he is cold... is this a nervous thing??? he talks some and likes me to give him scratches, but he is not ready to come out of the cage yet. i think he was in the cage a lot because he has one favorite perch and his left foot seems to be stiff

also, correct my if i am wrong, but peanuts in the shell are bad because they can harbor a bacteria that is deadly/bad for parrots


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peanuts in the shell are bad because they can harbor a bacteria that is deadly/bad for parrots
Peanuts in shell are often contaminated with aspergillus, that causes parrots' aspergillosis.
Can you offer him a seed mix without peanuts?

Plucking can be a nervous issue but in most cases it is a physical problem. If it is possible the parrot should see an Avian vet.
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Agreed with all of what @Flapping Mama said.

Sorry this is late but @ilovepets -

Digby my CAG shivers and I don't always think it's because of temperature. He is a nervous and sensitive guy and it usually comes with some nail biting too. (He does pluck from the last home and we are constantly working to improve it.)

Make sure he has a variety of perches at different heights (and rotate them occasionally if you can) so his feet can stretch and not get too sore on the same ones.

Be patient and calm with him, greys tend to be wary birds and I know it all too well!

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A lot of greys I have met have been quite shaky. I think it can be different things depending on the bird. Nerves, anticipation, excitement etc. It's not always negative. My Amazon would often do it too. They almost rattle when they're excited haha

Aspergillosis can be fatal to birds and extremely hard to treat, even with antifungal medication. I would ditch the peanuts all together. You can get seed mixes with no sunflowers or peanuts in it

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