A Congo Greys Companion’s Feather Plucking Questions Answered
An African Gray Parrot Plucking Her Breast Feathers on Top of Her Cage

A Congo Greys Companion’s Feather Plucking Questions Answered

First name: Peggy C.


How long has your bird been plucking? 


Approximately 7 years 


Species (please be specific, as an example, there are 43 species of Macaws) 


Congo African Grey parrot


Your bird’s sex if (known) by DNA or feather color (dimorphic bird)? 




Your bird’s age? 




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Why Do We Have a Difficult Time With Our Pineapple Conure?

Lisa N.  writes:


Hi Catherine,


We are having a really difficult time with our Pineapple Conure.


We know he’s going through puberty but he has always been good with my husband now he bites all the time and won’t go in his cage.


When we try he just flies away and he has his times where he can be sweet but most of the time he’s a little hellion.



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How Do I Handle My 2 Amazon Rescues Both With a Broken Wing?



Good Morning, I am rescuing 2 abused Amazon parrots – Male / Female.


Both have 1 broken wing and cannot fly.


Female about 4-5 years old).


The male (about 15 yrs) picks the top of this wing and has scabs – not healed – what can I do to promote healing?


From my observation, both birds are under extreme stress.


Please let me know what I can apply topically to prevent further picking and plucking.



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Why Does My Macaw Regurgitate in Her Cage Daily?
Ara ararauna. Blue-yellow macaw parrot portrait. Ara macaw parrot

Why Does My Macaw Regurgitate in Her Cage Daily?

Charles S. relates


My bird is 14 years old. I have had him/her since being a baby!


Every day she regurgitates about a cup full in her cage!


When I leave her with an experienced bird keeper she does not do this!


They indicated that I may be petting her in a way that arouses her and that may be the problem.


She has been doing this for years.


Could it be how I’m feeding her? Usually, I feed her orange slices, 1 cracker, 2 peanuts, and a scoop of Zupreem twice a day.


Plus I give her another couple of peanuts as a treat during the day?



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Why Does My African Grey Picks His Feathers?

Rachel C. is concerned,

My African grey picks his feathers.

He has free roam of the house with a large perch in the living room.

He doesn’t like water and doesn’t like any toy I get him.

He does like the challenge of taking the lids off old pill bottles to find a treat.

He likes very few people.He definitely does not like little people. He goes outside with me and enjoys climbing around. I put him in the cage


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What Is the Deal With Parrots that Excessively Scream?

What Is the Deal With Parrots that Excessively Scream?

Excessive screaming is a learned behavior that we teach our birds.


Covering your feathered companion with a blanket only teaches him or her that you will cover the cage when the scream gets out of hand.


Yelling at a screaming parrot gives the parrot the attention it seeks. Ignoring a screaming parrot is not the answer either. 


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How Did I Cure My Grey’s Plucking Almost Over Night?

Michael G. relates:


I have a mystery! I have two African Greys. 


But first, a bit of history. 


They are in a large cage 3′ deep, 6′ high, and 5′ long. 


I rehomed them after 18 and 20 years with the female the oldest and banded while the male doesn’t have a band. 


She is pretty docile while he, after 2 years is still a bit afraid and likes to bite when she is startled. 



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Neighbor’s Are Suing Me for My Amazon’s Noise What Can I Do?

Pamela S writes:


I’ve 2 yellow Naples 37 and 40 years of age I’ve had since hand feeding. 


Recently after 26 years in this neighborhood my neighbor after 8 years has taken me to court for noise violation.


They’re outdoor cages in Fl. With 1 umbrella cockatoo in this heat, the judge said I should cover them which would kill them.



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