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Message #2150. This is a followup to #2149.

Date:Sunday October 3, 2004 7:16:33 am MDT
Subject:Re: Elizabethan Collars for Birds?
Message:Hi Linda,

I have heard of the bird E-collars used both for birds with injuries (that won't leave splints or bandages on) and for feather pickers.  They look pretty silly, but they serve their purpose...  There are two styles; one that looks more like a really thick collar and just restricts head movement, and one that looks like the classic dog lampshade collar.  The latter are incredibly simple to make on your own; all you need is a relatively sturdy piece of plastic.  (If this is the kind your vet uses, he probably makes them out of dog E-collars.)  You just cut a circle for the outside shape, cut a line from the outside edge to the center, then cut a circle for the head.  Then you size the inner circle to the bird's neck (not too tight!) and staple it shut.  I'll have to check on the ideal length; with dogs, the nose shouldn't stick out past the edge of the collar.

I've also seen bird sweaters that claim to be good for feather pickers.  I'm pretty sure they were at the website where we got Kiwi's (very very scary) flight suit.  Don't kow how well they work though.

Anti-depressants do seem a little extreme; isn't feather picking almost always related to husbandry issues?  Maybe it'd be for those few that just formed the habit with no understandable cause...  It'd be interesting to see how they worked though!


Linda E. wrote:
> 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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