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OCD with Lorikeets

I am thinking of purchasing 2 lorikeets which the buyer says has ocd with preening the feathers (trade me auction 764730351) Is there a way of stopping this behaviour so the birds look as colourful and awesome as they should do?
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They are plucking, I have never had a plucking bird so cannot inform you of ways to manage/treat it. There are different reasons birds pluck from lack of attention, boredom, malnutrition to illnesses such as skin infections and internal issues. A vet check would be needed to diagnose the reason.
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They could be doing one of many things for all sorts of different reasons. If the current owner is saying they have 'OCD' when it comes to preening, then they're most likely either over-preening or barbering. Over-preening is pretty self explanatory but barbering is where the bird destroys the feather but it is still attached. They don't remove them, just mess them up bad

Why they're doing it is more important than how they look though. As parrotletsrock said, it can be so many different factors and it's easier to rule them out by having a vet do some blood work and check them over first as there can be some nasty underlying conditions that you could never know about. Other things to look for are their age (Are they reaching sexual maturity), their breeding season (Are they frustrated and hormonal?), what their current diet is (No lorikeet, IMO, should be fed pellets. They need a good wet mix with tons of fresh foods every day, multiple times a day), what their current set up is like (Do they have enough to keep them occupied? Is it large enough? These are very active birds that need a lot of space!) and are they compatible companions? You need to be asking the owner as many questions as possible, it will help you figure things out a lot easier

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