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Linda E. <email address not displayed>
Linda E. wrote on the Nanday Conure Forum message board: > I wonder if anyone has ever heard of Elizabethan Collars for birds, > like they have for dogs? The reason I'm asking is that I took Mr. Bird > to his first exam ever since his purchase from a pet shop a few years > back. (The people I got Mr. Bird from said they had never taken him to > the vet because he had been fine up until last October when he started > feather picking. That was the main reason I wanted him to be examined > to make sure he wasn't coming down with a disease, and to see if there > was a nutritional supplement that would help him grow feathers back. > > I got some great news though! SInce coming to live with us he's > doubled his feathers and has not picked. (I'm knocking on wood). He > was an excellent vet. He said that maybe what we should do is weight > for him to go through 2 more molts, and then if he is still feather > picking if he will tolerate this Elizabethan Collar he would be > wearing it for a while, and he said which didn't make me happy that a > bird sometimes has to wear it for a year to help the bird stop. > > He also said Kiwi Anna's presence probably helped him kick the feather > picking habit. Trouble is she still can't decide whether to fight or > just get along with him. > > Another area that Dr. Lincoln mentioned might be of some interest to > Diana. He explained that the field of animal medicine is developing > effective anti depressants for birds that feather pick too. (I thought > that was kind of extreme, but I was glad to hear of the new area of > study. > > Wish ya all luck with your birds and other pets. I'm most certainly > happy with mine. > > Linda E.
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