Hi...what might help is to work on the baby's diet...ZuPreem Fruit Blend/VeggieBlend - there is scientific evidence that might support the theory that the additive food coloring might cause potential problems. The Nut Blend is great...you might also want to try ZuPreem Natural or Harrison's. Sunflower seeds - These should be limited to approximately three tablespoons a day, given as a treat, not as a meal. Kaytee Exact - A lot of people prefer Volkman's or Royal Safflower Seed Mix (No sunflower seeds). This should be kept in the cage 24/7. Peanuts should only be given as No Salt/Roasted human grade and be limited to just a couple a day as a treat. Walnuts - One Walnut, almond, (no salt) pistachios can be given daily. No avian collar is needed at this time...Here is where the problem lies...your baby needs an assortment of these items daily:
1. Dark, leafy green vegetables such as Dandelion greens, Carrot tops, Kale, Bok Choy, Collard Greens, Sugar Snap Peas in the pod, Zucchini, etc.
2. Beta-carotene vegetables such as fresh carrots (raw or lightly steamed), sweet potatoes, squash, butternut squash, peppers, etc. Sweet potatoes can be steamed or boiled and served warm or cold.
3. Cooked legumes: Pinto beans, black beans, black-eyed peas, garbanzo beans (only once or twice a week) (No sodium or added sugar)
4. Walnuts, almonds: These supply EFA's (Essential Fatty Acids)
5. Pastas and Brown Rice: pasta is raw or cooked...brown rice must always be cooked.
6. Proteins: Extra hard-boiled eggs (pre-scrubbed with white vinegar before cooking) served shell and all once or twice a week. A chicken wing bone or drumstick bone (cooked) with most of the meat gone served once or twice a week. Salmon or canned no-sodium albacore tuna once or twice a week. Scrambled eggs cooked in virgin olive oil once a week.
7. Miscellaneous: Red Palm Oil
8. Fruit: very little served since Greys do not need too much fruit. A chunk of apple, a grape, a chunk of orange, etc. every other day...
Everything should be served fresh..if it is canned or frozen, it must be rinsed and have low to no sodium. No added salt or sugar...
I am sure that we forgot something ...LOL...Dave007 is a true expert on plucking...maybe he will chime in. Thank you, Jayd and Maggie
Has your baby been checked by a vet? When you said "Always falling down", do you mean the feathers or your Grey?