To assist you at a more granular level I would need to know the birds diet including name brands and a picture illustrating the entire bird cage and bird cage set up.
Hope that helps at least is a start
Looking forward to hearing back from you
Hello I have had my male African grey parrot for 28 years.
When he matured sexually years ago he started plucking.
I have him on a plumage supplement now and he has lots of new quills and looks much better.
However he humps my arm with a thick sweater on.
He goes to completion if I let him once a day.
I have heard there is a hormone to calm him as he is definitely oversexed.
He has claimed me as his mate and is very sweet but needy.
He keeps getting new red tail feathers but chews on them till they are not pretty anymore.
In the past I tried getting him used to other birds but they never bonded.
Now at his age I know it’s too late to breed him.
Any help would be appreciated.
Also he is on a seed diet although I remove peanuts.
I would love to try weaning him to a pellet diet but don’t know which kind to buy and how to introduce it.
He has flight feathers but his chest is only down due to chewing.
I know he hasn’t damaged follicles as the feathers do try to grow back.
Especially with the plumage supplement which is only certain different seeds. Thanks
The hormone treatment used for birds is called Lupron, highly regarded by veterinarians.
We think it should not be used on animals nor humans (Lupron is an FDA approved drug originally developed to help sporadic growth in prepubescent females)
It is always difficult when we have a pet whose hormones are out of kilter.
Your grey sounds very frustrated.
He has obviously accepted you as its mate and not just a flock mate.
I advocate that you to change the relationship.
How do you pet him?
Parrots must be pet only from the neck up.
Petting below can be construed as foreplay and get the bird excited. No cuddling.
Having a sexually charged male is easier than a female as the egg production can be fatal over time to a single female bird stuck in high hormones.
I recommend that you do not allow the bird to have sex on your body.
Instead toss a few wiffle balls in the cage and let him try to enjoy them.
He may choose a cage bar, perch or toy to use instead, just let him.
What plumage supplement are you using?
Yes a supplement is useful to feed the regrowing feathers, but it may not affect his picking and barbering.