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My african grey has started pulling his feathers out. Can

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My african grey has started pulling his feathers out. Can you advise me?
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is the matter with your bird?
Customer: He has started to pull his feathers out.
JA: Where does your bird seem to hurt?
Customer: He doesnt seem to hurt anywhere.
JA: OK. No obvious pain. What is your bird's name and age?
Customer: His name is ***** ***** he is 5 years old.
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Fergie?
Customer: No, he is eating and drinking normally and taiking all the time
Submitted: 16 days ago.
Category: Bird
Expert:  S. August Abbott, CAS replied 16 days ago.

Tell me a little more about what Fergie is eating as a regular diet.

Also, importantly, how long as this been plucking been going on?

Where are the feathers being pulled out? If you could attach a photo it would be helpful

We'll work together on this - I've had some good success with Grey's feather plucking, but it's the owner that really needs to make the changes. You up to that?

Customer: replied 14 days ago.
Fergie eats normal parrot food and fruit (fresh) and he plucks his feathers from his chest and legs for about 3 weeks . I would be happy to help any way I can.
Customer: replied 14 days ago.
Fergie has his drinking water boiled and a multi vitamin added .
Expert:  S. August Abbott, CAS replied 14 days ago.

There are hundreds of what's called 'normal parrot food' - could you please tell me what you see when you look at this parrot food? I can't see what you see - you need to be my eyes.

Fresh fruits like .... ? Grapes, bananas, oranges, apples, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, mulberries, cactus fruit, melons, so many to choose from, which are his favorites?

I need to know what he eats the most of every day. Like humans right? We can all say we eat 'cereal' in the morning, but there's a thousand different cereals. We all eat some fruit, but you'll rarely find me eating apples and while I used to love avocados, can't really stand them these days and of course birds should have no part of that fruit.

So a little more detail would help - I need to "see" what you're looking at and to "know" what you know