Dear Birdcare Co,
My daughter Sam Has a 10 month old African Grey named Billy. We saw him from a baby until Sam, my daughter brought him home once weaned. He has a good vocabulary, learning loads of word. He is very lively and tame. The problem is that about 2 months ago Billy started chewing his red tail feathers and chest. We took him to an avian vet who gave a thorough examination and said it was hormones. Billy had an injection which stopped him chewing and we took him back a few weeks ago for a check up with the vet giving another injection of hormones as Billy was doing the dance birds do when finding a mate. Billy's feathers have started to grow on his tail and chest but he seams to have like bum fluff feathers peaking out from his main back feathers. He is sprayed and showered, he has an assortment of fresh and raw veg with fruit and was on a seed diet of Rob Harvey's which the breeder uses. The vet says Billy should be on a pellet diet of Harrisons High Potency Course, so now we are confused. We just need to know what to do to keep Billy in tip top condition as he is really beautiful and full of mischief. Actually he is spoilt. Would be grateful if you could suggest where we are going wrong.
Doing everything you listed and
touch wood Billy's feathers are improving and his red tail feathers are
starting to grow. Not very much but very noticeable. Billy's feathers on
side are now very nice and
smooth as they used to look but the right side still looks a little
scruffy but better than they were. He is absolutely full of mischief and
talks and talks and talks all day.