Severe Self-mutilation (Macaw)
I rescued (2) macaws my friend and her husband can no longer take care of due to their work schedule. They mentioned the female was missing some feathers, so I thought, she must be going through a molting period. When
I picked them up, I notice she was missing ALL of her feathers except for the ones on her wings. I have made an appointment with my Avin Veterinarian for her to be checked out, but, since is not an emergency, that appointment is a few weeks away… Is there anything I could do to help her keep her mind away from wanting to pluck her new and other feathers? In the meantime, I’m planning on giving her healthy fresh fruits and veggies along with lots of foraging toys to keep her entertained while having some fun. I have cockatiels, cockatoos, and parakeets and thankfully they don’t feel the need to pluck their feathers. I’ve also seen birds pluck their feather but I had never seen something so severe. I hope my vet can help guide me through this long and stressful process. If anyone has any other ideas on how to help me with my new girl, I’d appreciate it. Thanks in advance for your help and have a wonderful day!