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Plucking problem!

Lately my Maroon Bellied Conure has been over preening my Green cheek, he's plucking the feathers on both sides of my green cheek's cheeks, the area near the beak is where has been plucking, and now she's bald on both sides. When I saw him plucking her I have been trying to discourage him by raising my voice at him telling him to stop, but it's not working.... I don't really want to seperate them cause that's the whole idea in the first place of getting another conure, so that they have eachother to play with and preen one and another. They are very good friends.

I do have another Green cheek in another room I haven't introduce these 2 to yet. I just hope when I do introduce this new Green cheek my Maroon Bellied isn't going to pluck him too.

Please give me any suggestions that might stop this plucking problem if you know of any. I am at my wits end about this

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Telling them "no" probably won't do any good. The only way I know of is to separate them permanently.

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Hmmm thats not good at all, is there something else you could put in the cage to distract the maroon belly, I would think that would be your best bet to have something he likes doing more then preening his friend, like make up new little toys to put in each day to distract him, like little baggies with nuts or veggie kabobs. Good luck

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Perhaps separate cages with joint play times when you can


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Telling them "no" probably won't do any good. The only way I know of is to separate them permanently.
If there is no other way I might have to do that.

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Hmmm thats not good at all, is there something else you could put in the cage to distract the maroon belly, I would think that would be your best bet to have something he likes doing more then preening his friend, like make up new little toys to put in each day to distract him, like little baggies with nuts or veggie kabobs. Good luck
I might have word it wrong saying over preening. He doesn't preen her all the time, only at the end of the day when they're both relaxes together and do a bit of preening, she preens him, but he plucks her and it's with in split seconds and feathers are gone. They're out of the cage all day. I will make up some more toys for him, hope it will distract him from this bad habit.


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Perhaps separate cages with joint play times when you can
They are out all day. They may have to be seperated permanently I think

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Wait if he only does it at the end of the day why not just put him in his cage at the end of the day, theres still loads to do in his cage so he wont be unhappy but that way he can still play during the day,

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Wait if he only does it at the end of the day why not just put him in his cage at the end of the day, theres still loads to do in his cage so he wont be unhappy but that way he can still play during the day,

yeah thanks. I will do that as soon as she gets her new feathers, right now she's bald on both sides of her cheecks. He only plucks her cheeks and no where else. He made sure he is perfectly groomed with perfect feathers. He is just a selfish boy.


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I would say seperate them as it isn't fair on your green cheek. I'd give them limited out of cage time that they can spend together and I'd always monitor them. Raising your voice is a no go, believe me it wont do anything. My friends bird was a screamer and if you raised your voice it would just get more angry and loud. You can get anti-plucking stuff that tastes disgusting. I put it on Joey my cockatiel cause he's super bald and I once got it in my mouth and I nearly threw up! I'd use that on the green cheek and hopefully your maroon belly will leave it alone that's a better option that seperating them

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I would say seperate them as it isn't fair on your green cheek. I'd give them limited out of cage time that they can spend together and I'd always monitor them. Raising your voice is a no go, believe me it wont do anything. My friends bird was a screamer and if you raised your voice it would just get more angry and loud. You can get anti-plucking stuff that tastes disgusting. I put it on Joey my cockatiel cause he's super bald and I once got it in my mouth and I nearly threw up! I'd use that on the green cheek and hopefully your maroon belly will leave it alone that's a better option that seperating them

thanks! I shall do research. I am not going to seperate them if I can help it, they called out to eachother when separated, it's a bit distressful. I will try out these options suggested first by everyone, seperation would be the last thing

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yeah Daisy I thought there was aa sprayy like that but I couldldnt remember where I saw it

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You can offer your plucker lots of shreddables and feather toys - perhaps he can shred and pull on those rather than your green cheek? Sorry you're going through this, plucking is one of the hardest things to fix



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