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Hello all - I’m the paranoid parrot owner like I’m sure a lot of you are.  Just looking to see if this amount of feather loss is normal in just a few days.  I’ve just in the last year adopted two 17-20 year old greys and have constantly been concerned about the possibility of plucking.  Sorry about the messy photo, she just got done tearing some Romain and corn apart.  

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That does seem like a bit more than normal.  How is the humidity in the room ?  Do you,have some soothing music perhaps?  Please try not,to,worry, they can sense when you are under stress and will react accordingly.  You need to be relaxed and calm around them .

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Not sure where in the world you are located but my female Grey has just started losing feathers in bulk.  I guess she's molting as she's not a plucker.   We have full feathers all over the place suddenly like what's in your photo.

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26 minutes ago, SRSeedBurners said:

Not sure where in the world you are located but my female Grey has just started losing feathers in bulk.  I guess she's molting as she's not a plucker.   We have full feathers all over the place suddenly like what's in your photo.

I’m up in Minnesota.  Seems to be plenty of humidity right now.  I’ve always been a bit worried about her in particular as she was cage bound for almost twenty years.  She made very quick progress when she moved in with me but had a slight setback when JoJo was adopted but overall she is still making progress and then I see these feathers down on the bottom of the cage.  It’s just freaking me out.  Thank you for the help guys.  

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You can tell by looking at the feather's shaft as to whether it was barbed off or not. If the tips look chewed, and  you know he didn't chew them after the fact, then likely it's plucking. The tips from those feathers at the top of your picture look like they were naturally molted.

Do you see any bald areas on his body?

I'm thinking that it's likely a heavy molt. 

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1 hour ago, Greytness said:

You can tell by looking at the feather's shaft as to whether it was barbed off or not. If the tips look chewed, and  you know he didn't chew them after the fact, then likely it's plucking. The tips from those feathers at the top of your picture look like they were naturally molted.

Do you see any bald areas on his body?

I'm thinking that it's likely a heavy molt. 

Most of the shafts of the feathers that I’ve seen are fine, there were two that looked a bit rough on the ends almost as if they’d been chewed off or chewed on but I’m just not sure.  I guess only time will tell.  

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He could have munched on those after the fact. Mine like to use molted feathers as back scratchers! They also like to chew on the tips afterwards.

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54 minutes ago, Greywings said:

Looks like a molt to me as well. Daylight length changes and they respond, some of our flock are in molt.

Thanks Greywings!  I was a hit nervous did to the chewed ends.  I’m still keeping a close eye but I’ve not seen and significant feather loss since I posted this.  

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