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Why Does My Bird Pluck His Feathers?

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Question: 
I Have A 3 Year Old African Grey Parrot I Have Been Noticing Lately He Keeps Chewing On His Wings And His Tail I Give Him A Beth Monthly And Make Sure He Has A Clean Cage With Fresh Food And Water But He Still Wont Stop Chewing At His Feathers Could He Have A Bug Or Something Or Is It Just Stress? Also I Let Him Out Of His Cage Everyday So Im Sure Its Not That He Wants To Get Out...
Answer: 

Any stressful situation may cause a bird to pluck out its feathers. Here are some of the most common reasons birds pluck:

Boredom - this can be solved by more attention, a larger cage, moving the cage to a room that's more active, leaving the radio or television on while you're away, adding different or more toys, or even another bird.

Jealousy or lack of attention - some birds get very attached to one person. If the bird observes this person giving attention to other people or pets or does not feel she is getting enough attention, she may start plucking.

Inadequate diet - be sure your bird is eating a balanced diet with pellets, fruits, vegetables and vitamin/mineral supplements.

Parasites or disease - these can cause itching and irritation. If you think this may be the cause, take your bird to an Avian Veterinarian.

Lack of bathing - some birds will stop plucking if they are misted with water or given access to a water bath on a frequent basis.

If your bird continues to pluck her feathers, consult an Avian Veterinarian.