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I have a favor to ask [Apr. 19th, 2006|12:26 pm]

I have a favor to ask, and I hope no one finds this to be insulting. because it is not intended that way. For a veterinary pathology class I am doing a presentation on Giardia with an emphasis on the allergic skin reaction in birds.

If anyone has pictures of a bird who is plucking or feather mutilating from a giardia infection, especially those that show the allergic skin reaction, I would be very appreciative if you could send them to me.

If you are uncomfortable posting them here, you can email them to me at weirdlilfaechild@yahoo.com

Thank you!
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(no subject) [Mar. 9th, 2006|04:48 pm]

this was origionally posted in the second hand birds community. i was advised to join this one as well to gain usefull info. so here's my story...
i recently attained a nearly five year old Blue and Gold Macaw. his previous owner said he was molting. well, it certainly appears that there is something funky going on with his feathers, but i highly doubt it can all be molting. or maybe i just never payed very much attention to other birds before...
i know what it looks like in a birds first year of molt, but this one is five, and i don't think it should be so extreme. half of his chest is covered in grey down. i was told that feather plucking can look different depending on the individual, and it breaks my heart to think he may be doing this...
another thing is his flight feathers. normally, when you look at a feather, the end of it tapers at the end into an "upside down U shape". but lots of his feathers seem to have broken off at the end. the ends of these look like a V.
i looked up some info online, and it says that when some birds aren't getting enough protein, they eat the tips of their feathers in order to compensate. so yesterday i went out and got a bunch of eggs to hardboil, and lots of seeds and nuts (for treats and suppliments only mind you). is there anything else i can do to restore his feathers to their previous glory. or is this REALLY part of molting. i have my doubts and would like some second opinions.
i know it'll take a while for him to grow new feathers and all, so i don't expect overnight results or anything like that, but i think he may have had a definciancy at his old home....and that's just sad:(
we got Skylor on friday, and i cleaned his cage yesterday. when i did, i only saw the regular down feathers at the bottom of the tray. so if he was feather plucking, he doesn't seem to be doing it now.
he has a decent diet of zupreem pellets, as well as fresh fruits and what veggies he will touch. i'm in the process of converting him....i don't know how often these were made available to him before...but i guess i would like any advice on what to do in this case. i know he needs to go to a vet in any case, however i won't be able to for a couple weeks due to being broke...
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Feeding Feathers Pluckers Diet [Feb. 16th, 2006|09:58 am]

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This is an updated version of what was available in the past:
Feeding Feathers Pluckers DietCollapse )
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Feather Destructive Behavior Prevention Workshop- New York [Jan. 26th, 2006|09:14 pm]

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Saturday, February 11
1 - 5 pm
242 E. 53 St,
New York, NY

Feather Destructive Behavior Prevention Workshop
Frank G. Robertson, Moderator
MBA and MA (Education)
Certificate in Parrot Behavior

to see the FULL EVENT

Frank G. Robertson and Eclectus companion Armand present how to help
prevent and reduce Feather Destructive Behavior (FDB) in companion
parrots through food foraging activities.
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Something Shauana wrote that I liked... [Jan. 19th, 2006|01:24 am]

Its ALL a different issue per INDIVIDUAL bird. In general....birds
that have problems with different types of feather destructive
behavior can improve if something is lacking and improvmements are
made..such as improved environment...mostly getting them some outdoor
time on a daily basis, exercise, UV light, improved diet if need be.
If those things don't work, then you look further, such as possible
food allergies, air quality, water quality etc....even scarring in
some cases or previous injuries. There's a lot that one can try. The
most important thing IMO is not to just accept that a plucker will
always pluck...but to make sure that everything that can be done that
may help, is being done and then be PATIENT! Some birds may take years
to stop plucking, feather barbering , plucking...and it can be one
thing or another or it can be a combination of several things...such
as diet and environment and even some habit. There are no real direct
answers to many of these questions when it comes to plucking, or
barbering etc. Its a complex puzzle that many vets are working on and
have been working on for years.

There are also vets that will label certain behaviors...and
essentially walk away from them or prescribe drugs that IMO birds
should never get. This blames the behavior on the bird..something that
I personally have a problem buying into. Even if it is a behavioral
problem, a habit etc. I'm to stubborn to think that it can't
eventually be changed or at least improved on.

- Shauna Roberts
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Sebastian calendar update [Jan. 7th, 2006|04:52 pm]

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[Current Music |sebastian saying "Cristopher! god, i know! hi tara!"]

It's time to post Sebastian's calendars for last year. For those of you who haven't seen his calendars, what I do is take a piece of tape and twice a day I stick the feathers he chewed off onto the tape and put it onto the calendar. This way I can see what progress he's made and have a visual to show to other people. For example, this february when I brought him to the vet I told her that he had been chewing off piles of feathers every day. When I brought out the calendar they just about died. They realized just how big of a pile I was talking about. Without the calendar it would have been hard to describe and I may have forgotten. I have posted 2005 on the left (or on top, depending on your screen) and 2004 to the right (or underneath) for comparison. The pictures are small so they are easier to view together and won't take forever to load.

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And a picture of him taken about a month ago...

Edit: after I posted this I scrolled down to the picture of Sebastian and he said, "That's beaaautiful!"
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Meet Ricco link [Jan. 7th, 2006|11:57 am]

I really liked this page because it shows the roller coaster that is featherpicking. Or at least similar to how it is with Sebastian. Tara pretty much stays the same year round. The only thing they said that I don't like is "Once a feather picker, always a feather picker." I don't agree with that. In some cases, yes, but not in all cases. Anyway, without further ado... Meet Ricco.
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(no subject) [Jan. 6th, 2006|11:11 pm]

Was wondering if anyone has ever heard of this, knows anything about it, etc? It is listed on ebay and sounds like a wonderful idea - but it is just someone trying to make money?

The "Sock Buddy" System for feather plucking Parrots
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(no subject) [Jan. 3rd, 2006|03:33 pm]

My mom has a newly aquired feather-picking Goffin cockatoo. She has some questions and concerns. Any new advice/resources about feather-picking would be appreciated…and specifically every time the bird is handed a toy/straw/snack she promptly shoves it under her wing. Is this a trait of cockatoos, feather-pickers in general or something else? It wouldn’t be a concern other than the fact that she is irritated under her wings and isn’t eating her handfed snacks. X-posted to other communities.
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New Community: Parrot_Chow [Dec. 15th, 2005|08:17 am]

Hey all! Come join me and Mango at our new community parrot_chow! parrot_chow! is devoted to, but not limited to, avian diet, nutrition, recipes, and health.

Thanks to angry_crab for letting me post this :D and x-post this at amazon_parrots_ and cockatoos
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