Just a question about my birds feathers, i have had Bo for one week now and he is fantastic. Very vocal and training very well, so happy to have the little guy with us!
Just wondering if Bo's behaviour is normal with preening. He is 6 months old next week incase age has anything to do with it. The breeder has clipped one wing of bo's, and clipped almost all of the feathers off, which i am assuming is irritating for the little one and may be adding to the preening of his wings.
Bo spends a large amount of time preening, but as mentioned in another post i am concerned in regards to plucking. When we leave the house we leave a radio on and he has a number of toys in his cage which seem to be keeping him entertained (foraging toys are on the way), we also have him out at the minute every time we can but due to his one wing shortage can't leave him alone because he tries to fly but falls.
I have noticed this evening that when he is puffed up and napping (he had just spent 10 minutes preening then put his foot up) he has only what I can describe as a centre parting down the middle of his chest round to his bottom area. The feathers underneath look like what a normal baby birds feathers look like, a bit scruffy and all over the place.
Is this normal? He is the first grey i have owned and at the minute im over cautious! What is normal preening times and behaviour? He has no bald spots but the parting of feathers worried me a little! Also if Bo was to pluck would the signs be obvious? Finding no feathers in his cage what so ever!
Think I am more concerned as everybody i have spoken with have told me that i shouldn't own one if im not home every day with him because of plucking. I work shifts so he will be alone maximum two days a week for 8 hours, the other times will be an hour or two until my other half gets home! even then my mum/dad said they will nip in and see him when we are both gone all day.
I have a 7 month old parolette and never had these concerns with him haha.
I will relax and enjoy the precious baby months with him! Thank you for your reply.
Many people with African grey birds have to go out to work which means leaving the bird alone for a long time. As long as you spend a good amount of time with him, he should be fine. The radio and toys will keep him entertained.
The bad wing clipping could cause the bird to preen more than usual. A baby will often look scruffy as it won't be as coordinated as an older bird.
Just enjoy your little one and don't worry.
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