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Re: Conure snipping color ends off her chest feathers

Posted by Karen on Sat, Jun 02 2012 at 02:58 PM CDT:

In Reply to: Conure snipping color ends off her chest feathers posted by lawrencemn on Mon, May 28 2012 at 11:21 PM CDT:

Do you know for sure if she's trimming off the colored feathers (usually called feather barbering) or if she's plucking them out entirely and just leaving the down?
Neither is normal behavior, really. Sometimes nesting females may pluck a few chest feathers to aid in incubating the eggs, but this should be barely noticeable.
Basically, if she's feather barbering, you can simply try providing her with some more chewable items to distract her. Barbering doesn't cause her any discomfort so it may just be a bad habit she picked up like a person chewing on their hair or fingernails.
If she is plucking, not barbering, it's a little more serious, it's painful for her to pluck so there's more of a reason for it. Assuming she's not on eggs, it's fairly unusual for a GCC to pluck so a vet visit might be a good idea. Sometimes plucking can be from a bird trying to relieve themselves from skin irritation from allergies or infection.

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