Why do birds peck at feathers so much?


All birds arrange their feathers, groom them and spend much of their time caring for the plumage. And there is something that also do a lot of them that is the picking or pecking of the feathers. This can become really aggressive and even life threatening.

There are many problems that induce this picaje. The owner must also observe the birds that are caged. And not only the bird itself but also must observe the bottom of the cage and even the ground around it in case the number of feathers that fall everywhere is excessive.

Birds can “catch mania” and as a result of jealousy or boredom can start an excessive picaje. Another cause may be a cage change to a smaller cage or site reduction if new specimens are introduced into the same cage; Some cannon can be broken of pen or become wounds where it occurs later the picaje.

If the birds are in the breeding season, excessive grooming may also end up pricking.

It is necessary to watch the feeding of the bird. Must be varied in textures and nature: varied seeds, fruits, vegetables, etc. should be the components of a balanced diet.

General diseases such as liver disease or intestinal parasites can cause the birds to peck. It is essential to observe the cage where the excrement is deposited and to go to the veterinarian as soon as an abnormality is detected.

We will use it to remind the bird owners that, when they go to the vet, they do not clean the cage. The information obtained by the veterinarian from the habitat where the bird lives is fundamental. You can see what kind of seeds you eat and what not, you can see the feces, taking a sample to analyze, you can see the inside of the hollow sticks of the cage in case there were piojillo ….

Birds also have allergies, the best known is allergy to some seeds, particularly sunflower.

The birds most affected by solitary picaje and those of medium or large size: yakos, macaws, nymphs, etc. Parakeets and canaries are less affected.

The veterinarian must, in addition to carefully observing the cage, perform a skin examination, skin scrapings, biopsies and / or cytologies, fungal cultures, etc.

The treatment is really difficult due to the wide variety of causes. If the beak is behavioral, the handling must be corrected, that is to say, to improve the conditions of the cage, so that it is more spacious and with the minimum dangers, to avoid the boredom, trying to provoke games with special devices even with food that causes Some exercise, leaving the radio or television connected when leaving the bird alone at home, put some tub for your entertainment or even adding company of the same species.

The veterinarian will advise on what is the best solution for your bird, in addition to helping with appropriate drugs that he himself will prescribe.

The best, prevention: knowing the needs of each bird both physical and psychological. Trust your vet also in these cases.