One Of My African Greys Has Been Losing Feathers And It Is Getting Worse

2 African grey parrots
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99% of all pellets on the market, the first ingredient is corn. Corn is a filler with poor nutrition.


Goldn’Obles have no corn. The first ingredient is quinoa. Take a look at the great ingredients in these and all of the Goldenfeast foods.


We are especially happy with Nekton Vitamins. They should have  everything that you might like to add.


Nekton-S Multi Vitamin is a very good multi-vitamin.

Nekton Bio would be fuel for the feathers.


I hope this helps.




I have been thinking more about the birds and I have more questions.
What sex’s are they?
Do you have full spectrum lighting mounted directly over their cages and or stands?
I am thinking this could be hormonal.
The proper lighting could make all the difference for your birds.

A timer set for 12 hours on and 12 hours off daily with a good full spectrum bulb above the cage top (just out of reach of the birds) will help keep them evenly keeled all year round. 


It is a strong possibility that one or both of them are feeling frustrated and you can see it in the feather picking pattern in the one. 


By the way, the area is likely in the front and up and around the neck where it can reach them. Is this correct?


So, we have a very good solution for that. Totally free and completely safe.

This also works for broody and egg laying females and even works for horny male birds who are just a little too testy to handle anymore.


A 72 hour light treatment.

You would have your full spectrum light set up above your birds cage and instead of turning it off after 12 hours you would leave it on for 72 hours.
That is 3 days and nights with the lights on.
They will nap in the light, call out at the wee hours, they will eat.

Instead of covering their whole cage at night you will wrap around the cage and leave the top exposed to the light.


If you have a play top cage with a tray, get rid of the tray.

If you must have something up there get a clear plastic cutting board or something, but no more solid top.


What this light treatment does is reset the birds circadian rhythms.

They basically lose all interest in breeding behaviors and are allowed to become just birds again. 
All bedding material, huts, excess paper and totally shredder toys need to be removed.
Then you go back to setting the timer to 12 hours on and 12 hours off above the cage, year round.
We do 8 to 8 spring to fall.

Then when DST comes, it is then 7 to 7 without touching the timer.


Please mull this all over and let me know your thoughts, if you have any questions.

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He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they would visit their monthly birdie brunch in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground. Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care. He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis. He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.