So woke up this morning to blood under my bird's left wing. He'd definitely been having issues with plucking in the past (inside of legs, and in the last 9 months slowly moved to the chest), but I'd never seen any indication he'd started on his wings.
That being said he was due for a nail trim, and his beak was very sharp. Could have been a grooming accident rather than obsessive over plucking?
In any case we took him to the vet to get it cleaned up, and they put a cone on him. Before we even left he started chewing and shredding it. Especially all the nice padding between it and his pretty bare-ish neck.
It's 1am and he's still up shredding. If I take it off he goes right for his wing. If I leave it on he doesn't sleep? Has the cones (now rough) edges at his neck? I'm stuck here... Damned if I don't, and damned if I do. And if I leave it, how long do I leave it on for? Because if I take it off I'm not going to be able to get it back on (took 2 vet techs).
Hi I am sorry you are going through this I assume the vet ruled out any medical reason for plucking Your guy is older so it could be that something is bothering him. Sorry I’ve never used a collar. Casey does barber a little bit so i try and keep her cage full of toys she likes to chew on
My friend rescues and I’ve seen her modify socks for some naked African greys
Sorry I am not much help. Hope you both managed some sleep last night
Hi! Yeah, like cnyguy is right that you should get in touch ASAP for more advice from the Vet. I have never had a bird require a cone/collar, so don't know anything about it. I think there have been some posts from other members in the past few years about this kind of issue and I recall there were a couple of ideas - maybe do a thread search for "collar"? All the best.
Unfortunately not too much help there. Understaffed, and over booked. They were hoping gabapentin would help and it's day 2 on it, and it's almost 2am and he's still chewing his collar.
The chewing is fine at this point. But it's when he's hurling himself from back to front of his cat carrying case with enough force to shake it, that I start to worry. He's shredded all the padding and coupled with his issues with feather plucking, gives me anxiety what with the extra potential for bleeding and injuries.
Guess I better start pointing through old threads because we're clearly going to be up all night.... For a 20 year old senior he certainly seems rather young at heart (or is it sheer stubbornness)