There are many possible reasons behind a parrot’s feather destruction behavior. And to begin the healing journey along with your bird there are a series of aspects to cover first. To help you with that we have put together these steps for healing feather destruction!
1. Have an avian veterinary exam to rule out medical causes.
2. Never use psychotropic medications along with any type of medicinal herbs. Unwanted drug interactions can occur.
3. Provide a balanced food plan feeding only whole, real foods, that provide complete nutrition.
4. It may also be necessary to feed select foods. For example, those that provide the proper balance of essential fatty acids that have been identified for improving mental conditions.
5. Mix one tablespoon of aloe vera juice with 2 cups of pure water and mist on bare skin for a soothing effect.
6. Remove toxins from food, water and environment. Toxins always affect the liver. In Traditional Chinese Medicine the liver is the organ that holds anger. Feather destruction can often represent emotional “stressors” that can be expressed as anger.
7. Ensure your bird receives 8 to 10 hours of undisturbed sleep. No blue night lights from electronics when sleeping.
8. Proper full spectrum lighting is essential for nutrient absorption and emotional healing.
9. Consider scheduling a “Healing & Communication Session” with Leslie to identify the emotional components of the stress your bird is experiencing.
10. Once you identify the emotional “stressors”, remove them from the bird’s environment. Behavior re-education may be necessary for the person and the bird.
11. Because the bird may be “in reaction” to a person’s emotions a personalized Flower Essence Blend (for both the bird and the person) encourages calmness. Rescue Remedy is not intended for long term use – using it more than 7 days in a row is long term use.
12. Discover the “comfort sound” of your bird’s species and mimic this back to them.
13. Introduce new, fun toys for chewing and shredding.
14. Engage your bird in out of the cage play time activities, ending each session on a positive note.
Following these steps will help you to provide a supportive environment for healing. And you may discover some of the other unique triggers that your bird may be reacting to.
Remember healing is a process. And this process may help you learn some things about your bird – and yourself – along the way. If you would like personalized help with your bird consider scheduling a consultation with Leslie.