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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-24-2013, 09:42 AM Thread Starter
 
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I went home this past weekend and took Luna with me and she does pretty well in the hours car ride home. We had a pretty non-eventful week nothing too stressful. But then when i got back up to college that day, I noticed in the period I went to the grocery store and back that she had chewed her chest feathers. Since it had only ever happened once, and i know it can be do to stress and there was a lot of moving and a little cage involved in transport obviously, i just assumed it was that but made a mental note. Well she has chewed a little more the following days, nothing to horrible yet. No bald patches, but I was wondering if it could be the temperature change from warm to cold? Her skin seems much more dry now?

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Have you been giving her baths? Is she chewing or plucking? How about any new toys or anything else new near her cage?

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Just Chewing the very tops of her feathers. I've been calling it "over preening" and sometimes it looks like she is just itchy. She usually bathes herself. But maybe with all the moving she was too stressed. So starting yesterday, I brought her perch into the bathroom and just steamed her. I've also been misting her with 50/50 water and aloe vera juice since yesterday.

I was also worried about her diet, because the food she was on(Caitec Baked Food Pellets), the vet knew nothing about. So I also did something kind of questionable and added Zupreem to her food just so I know she is getting all her Vits and Minerals.
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I don't use any pelleted diet anymore. I feed mine mix vegetable and fruit. With about 20 percent seed.
My topaz well over preen her chest feathers too. I put in some new paper or other spreadable toys and spend a little extra time with her and she stops.

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Over-preening is pretty common in stressed birds and if it's only happened once then I wouldn't worry about it too much. Give her nice warm mistings daily, it really helps. That or spend some time in a humid room (such as standing in your bathroom with the shower running hot so it steams up)

I don't believe a pelleted diet is the way to go. I feed chop and seeds/nuts etc. as well as other bits of fruit, veg, berries and such. I occasionally add Harrison's to my chop (ground up) just for anything else missing, though I often doubt there is. Eating pellets alone can be pretty detrimental to a birds health, especially with the amount of protein in them. If you do feed pellets then I recommend Totally Organic Pellets or Harrison's
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Hi Zach,
you already got great advice.
I think perhaps the local changes stressed Luna - driving home and then back to college - she hasn't been living with you for a long time, she is still settling.
If the weather has become cold and the heating is running in your room, you can increase the humidity by putting wet towels on the heater. That is important for the breathing organs as well as for the skin.
If you like you can keep us posted if she stops overpreening.
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I agree with Daisy, I think real food is the way to go. Fresh fruit, vegeatables, organic rice etc. My conure will eat everything EXCEPT pellets. He will not touch them and if I mix them in the food he pulls them out and throws them on floor.
Sounds like your bird may just be stressed with the change in scene. One quesion for you:
why do you use aloe vera? Does it help with plucking or over pruning?
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Aloe vera Juice helps with the dry skin or so I was told by my vet. Which make sense since most bathing alternatives they have in stores contain aloe vera to help lock in moisture.
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Aloe Vera is fantastic for dry skin. I have a stick of it that I rub on my Harris' hawk's legs
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