Feather plucking appears as loss of feathers on the body and neck with normal feathers on the head. Behavioural problems such as boredom, stress and lack of sleep are the most common causes but the following needs to be ruled out: infections, nutritional deficiencies, allergies, environmental, hormonal, organ problems and parasites.
Treatment involves treating any underlying disease, changing the diet, changing the environment (increased humidity, bigger cage, natural light, no smoking in the house) and reducing boredom by increasing the time out of the cage and providing new toys.
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