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    Unhappy Lovebird plucking own feathers

    Hi guys/gals,

    I have a lovebird that is about a year old and he's just started plucking his right wing feathers to a point that the bald patch is half of his right wing & part of his lower neck. We've brought him to the vet and they've said that it's definitely not mites & probably a psychological thing a.k.a., behavioural problems.

    We've swapped out his food to cut down on sunflower seeds, and giving him more of well-balanced pellets. He doesn't eat any fruits that we do give him as well.

    He's very hyperactive and doesn't sleep much too. He's fine when we carry him in our palms, and he does fall asleep when we do that but he'll perk up when there's just a slight movement or a slight bit of sound. Is that normal? My other lovebirds (a pair in a separate cage) seem to be fine with sleeping through the night despite any sounds around them.

    We've tried placing a soft transparent cone around him to stop him from plucking but that made him even more anxious, so we removed it. He's only calm when he's in our hands or in our jacket pockets/little bag pouch that we have for him.

    It's quite heartbreaking to see such a beautiful bird treating itself this way. If you guys have any suggestions on how we can get him to calm his anxiety down and stop his feather plucking, that'll be great!


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    Re: Lovebird plucking own feathers

    Hi, and welcome to the community. Usually it is very difficult to keep collars or anything on their wings to keep them from plucking. We have a member here, Boomer Girl that has vast experience with her lovebird. She will be able to give you some info. She stops by quite often.

    I suggest you take a very small pea sized bit of aloe vera juice from a plant, or you can buy a small bottle of organic aloe juice you can purchase in a health food store, or on line and rub some on his plucked spots every day. And see if that will soften the skin and help to stop the plucking.
    Last edited by maxollie; 03-24-2021 at 03:44 PM.

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