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Question:

April 27, 2021

Feather plucking


What are possible causes of feather plucking in Eclectus and cockatoos? How we can cure that?


Answer:

Hi Aamer,

Thank you for viewing the webinar from the Emirates!

Feather plucking, now called Feather Destructive Behavior, is a very complicated issue that affects all species. It can be psychological, medical, or a combination of both. There have been some advances, including a possible link with some cases to Avian Bornavirus. But research is still ongoing. A medical cause should always be considered first which would include skin biopsies, bloodwork, and viral testing. Some medical causes can be a skin infection, something viral, or poor nutrition. If a medical cause is diagnosed and treated, sometimes the bird still needs to be fitted with a collar until the feathers have grown back in. This is due to it having become a habit. We are in the process of trying to schedule a webinar on this topic.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,

Brenda

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