My wife and I have two Amazon yellow heads, one is 40 and the other is 20. Both are males and are different kind of yellow heads.
They go in and out of screaming modes, thanks for the advice. We are trying to get them on a better path of behavior.
The younger bird Cyrano has started to pick the feathers out of the front of his neck. We have had him for 31/2 years before this behavior started. We have taken him to the Vet for a physical and advice.
We spray the birds with aloe Vera and water every day and they get weekly showers. We have changed their diets on the advice of the Vet and our bird groomer.
Cyrano will let the feathers on his neck get almost grown back and then he will pick them out during the night. The next week or so he seems to be in some pain from the picked area and the spot looks kind or irritated.
Do you have any other advice for us?
Pat and Bob Young
If the vet has done a complete physical did that also include a CBC blood test?
And was this an avian vet?
There is a difference between regular vets and avian vets. Avian Vets are required to take more extensive training in Avian Medicine.
My concern is if he doesnt have a medical issue then have there been any different changes in the home? Such as a change in location of his cage or new changes in the home such as a new family member.
If the parrots owners are under stress and displaying negative feelings or arguments will cause the bird to stress out and it could cause behavioral problems and plucking at its feathers.
Its important to find what is causing his stress in order to stop the plucking.
Does he had toys him his cage? and if so does he have a favorite one or do you rotate the toys from time to time? How much time does he get out of his cage to play and socialize?
All of these are important, because boredom and frustration will also cause plucking. It just I do not see many pluckers in amazons as much as I do in cockatoos or african grays.
I personally would have to spend some time with him to pin point what he is feeling or bothering him.
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