Nutrition alone can have a major impact
on feather mutilation in very many cases. If your
bird is otherwise healthy try this before visiting
more we deal with feather plucking, feather picking and other
forms of self-mutilation the more we find that many cases have
nutritional backgrounds and nutritional solutions.
are a number of medical conditions that will cause birds to pluck.
These start with parasites but also include diseases such as liver
damage. Where stress, environmental and behavioural issues
are involved these must be identified and corrected. Has
you bird been recently stressed by a change in routine or location?
Is it getting enough sleep? Has it been ill?
with stress and environmentally induced plucking is that the behaviour
often continues despite the removal of the source of stress.
Diet can often be a key factor in treating this chronic problem.
The first dietary issue is calcium. Because calcium is involved
in nerve and brain function a shortage of calcium can lead to
many nervous disorders including plucking. Often it is the
key "missing" ingredient. CalciBoost
is now always a part of our recommendation for feather pluckers
as it has a calming effect.
birds are always stressed. Because of this their digestive systems
are rarely working well. Potent Brew
calms the bird down by maximising gut function and improving nutrient
try to sped up the growth of replacement feathers to minimise
any irritation caused by the emergence of the new feather.
We do this with Feather-Up
Essentials3) which is a very comprehensive vitamin, mineral,
limiting amino acid and balanced protein supplement.
is designed to add to foods like egg foods or fruits and vegetables
though for some fussy feeders it may be able to be fed with toast
or some other treat. If the plucking bird is only eating
seed then we must supplement through the drinking water.
As this product will not dissolve we have designed Fussy
Feeder Essentials to
go in the drinking water.
and Potent Brew
are our regular recommendation for feather plucking birds. If
nutrition alone fails to fix the problem there may be a role for
herbal or homeopathic remedies. If this route, or drug therapies,
are selected you must maintain the nutritional support.
plucking problems may be quicker with input from a bird behaviourist.
Contact Candie Bradley for free advice:
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