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hey what’s up you guys my name is amanda welcome back to my website  so for today’s article i wanted to give you guys an update on my bird  african greys gypsy because i haven’t made any article about my birds in a little while want to throw in there that gizmo is doing completely fine like gizmo is thriving i just wanted to give an update on gypsy this issue started quite a while ago and that was she began to pluck her feathers now this is an issue that a ton of bird owners see but a lot of bird owners i feel like don’t necessarily think they’ll ever see their own bird pluck feathers because often times feather plucking is seen in birds that are neglected and just usually when you think of a bird plucking you think of a bird that’s been like neglected its entire life but neglect is not the only reason that causes a bird to pluck typically birds pluck because of some sort of stressor but the cause of that stress could be a multitude of different things and the reason why i didn’t talk about gypsies feather plucking up until now is because i didn’t want to talk about it until i knew what was causing it and like how i was going to fix it i didn’t want to just like come out and say like oh she’s plucking and i have noidea why and then have people just assume when i first noticed she was plugging i freaked out because the very first thought was like am i not doing enough like am i neglecting her is she unhappy like what am i doing wrong because obviously i’ve had her for a few years now never had issues up until now nothing has really changed as far as like the attention i give her and how often i’m around like i’m still home all the time so i’m like what was causing this like i was genuinely so concerned that it was me and that i was doing something wrong for a little while there i was not doingwell because i was just all day just thinking about gypsy worrying about her like just stressing out over what was causing this for like two or three months straight so i want to get into why she was plucking what i did to kind of stop it from happening because this has been something that i’ve been dealing with since i think march but i definitely want toshare it with you guys i have a lot of bird owners that watch my videos and even if you’re a bird owner who takeswonderful care of your birds you still might run into plucking and plucking is something that some birds are more susceptible to than other birds like african greys cockatoos and macaws especially are notorious pluckers and even if you take wonderful care of them sometimes they just pluck and it’s so stressful because you don’t know why and there’s a lot of different things that can cause them to plot so let’s go back to when i first noticed that she was plucking which is about march i believe it was kind of hard to tell at first because what i first noticed was she had areas of her like around her neckher down feathers were showing so i noticed that she was losing some of her exterior feathers but her down feathers were there and there’s a couple spots that looked like a little bit bald but i wasn’t really sure so my first thought was like oh maybe like i was of course researching it and i was like what is causing this like hd plucking because i just jumped to the worst conclusions all the time so i was like are you plucking and my first thought was that maybe it was just like a molt because sometimes birds just have like really harsh molds where they’ll have parts of them that just look a little bit more exposed usually they shouldn’t look bald when they’re molting so that was why i was alarmed but it was around the springtime so i was like maybe she’s just going into molt and losing like a lot of feathers for some reason i really didn’t know plus birds are really hormonal in the spring and sometimes female birds can get hormonal and they can pluck as like a nesting behavior or just from feeling like hormonal during breeding season this is just stuff i was reading online so i was like maybe it’s just springtime plucking and she’ll get over it but anyways what i did was i started by purchasing a calming supplement that i okay thank you for pulling my hair um so i started by getting a calming supplement that i sprinkled in her food and water that is supposed to help birds that are stressed out and just help calm them it was just like a natural supplement that a lot of people gave really good reviews and i used it and didn’t notice anything i used it for honestly probably a couple months and didn’t notice any changes so i ended up stopping using it i took her to the vet because i wanted to get everything checked out and this is when i started to like really doubt that it had to do with the springtime so i took her into the vet because another thing that can cause bird plucking is like a vitamin deficiency or just any sort of health issue they could be having internally could cause them some sort of discomfort that could lead them to plucking so of course i took her to the vet just got a general checkup told them you know i suspect plucking like pleasedo blood work and do whatever you need to do test whatever just check her out make sure everything’s okay they literally just said everything was like completely fine and normal so i was like okay cool like they did a fecal they did blood workand they just did a general checkup and everything was completely fine so i was like cool kind of happy that she’s completely healthy but also was kind of hoping you would find an issue that would that was like causing it you know what i’m saying like i wanted you to know what was causing this so that we could work towards fixing it but it was kind of frustrating that it was like she was healthy not that it was frustrating too healthy you know what i’m trying to say like really glad you were healthy gypsy but like i was hoping that we could find what was causing this but we couldn’t sothen basically what ended up happening was over time that is the fire alarm i’m just gonna put gypsy down for a secondyou need to like decompress for a second gypsy so yeah basically basically i was doing all kinds of research online talking to different people who know about birds literally just trying to try every single thing i could like i was giving her a plethora of toys i was trying to get her to do like foraging toys and i was making her all kinds of things trying to keep her occupied just do whatever i could to like make sure she was so busy she could not focus on plucking i even tried getting a collar that like goes around their neck and it like blocks their feathers so that they can’t pluck but it was like hard for her to move around and navigate and she never really got used to wearing that and it really stressed me out having to like put her on it and she really didn’t like it and i was afraid it was making things worse so i stopped using that after a couple dayslike i said i was making foraging toys for her and just giving her all kinds of things trying to rotate toys out more frequently like every few days just giving her new toys whatever but she wouldn’t touch her toys she wouldn’t touch her foraging toys which is extremely unlike her because she usually loves her foraging toys or at least some of them she chooses which origin toys she wants to forage with and which she doesn’t but anyways she wasn’t using anything and it was just so frustrating because i was like please work with me gypsy please do something i was looking at products i went online and i came across this product which i’m going to say i think solved the issue which was pluck no more by kings cages so basically pluck no more is like a homeopathic uh like herbal it’s a liquid you put it in their water and you have to use distilled water and you also put it in a spray bottle and you spray it on them a few times a day and it discourages plucking it’s supposed to help calm them down and just overall help with any behavioral issues your bird might haveso i went online to buy thisand i went to kingscages.com bought itstraight from them by the way king’scagesmade my birdcages as well people ask meabout my birdcages all the time kingscageslove them they make great products andthis isn’t sponsored they’re not payingme none of thatbut i went and i ordered this and theysent me an email becausei talked to them before so they know whoi am andthey were like asking me about whatissues i was havingand they were like if you post beforeand after pictures of your bird we’lljust send you the pluck no moreand i was like okay cool so they didsend me thisfree of charge i am going to say thatbut they did notpay me to say anything they did not tellme what to saylike this is not sponsored by any meansi am genuinely telling you about thisproduct becausei think it worked and they literallyjust said like ifit works post before and after picturesand if you go on their website and gounder their pluck no morethey have a bunch of different successstories of people using this productliterally people who have pluckedthemselvespeople literally birds who have pluckedthemselves practically completely baldand started using this and it worked andtheir feathersgrew back and they stopped plucking so iwas like okay like i’m gonna try thisand at first i was a little bitskeptical because i was like how is thisjust a miracle product that stops yourbird from plucking likei don’t understand but i tried it and atfirst i wasn’t noticing a difference buta lot of the reviews say that sometimesyou have to go through like one or twoentire bottles before you actuallystart to notice any difference and youhave to be really consistent do it everysingle dayand even when their feathers start togrow back andthey’re not plucking anymore you stillhave to be persistent and keep doing ituntil their feathers are like back againso i was persistent i kept doing it andover time i did noticeher feathers started to grow back and inoticed she was not plucking anymoreand i was like holy crap i think this isworkingi think the reason gypsy startedplucking in the first placewas because we moved so if you guys havebeen aroundand around january i started to movefrom my old house to this current houseand it was like a reallylong stressful moving process like itreally just sucked we hadso much crap to move here and we did itover the span of a couple weeksit was just really hard and superstressful on meand i think birds can often pick up onthis rest of their owners we did notfinishmoving until the very end of januarybeginning of februaryand then it was march that i started tonotice like little bald spots on herthat was another thing i was thinkingback in my mind that maybe it was thestress from moving that caused herto start plucking and also a lot of thetimes it is pretty common when you moveto a new spacethat if birds are for whatever reasonjust not comfortable with the new spaceor they’re just like not used to theenvironmentthings like that and just environmentalchanges cancause them to be stressed enough tostart plucking that wasprobably why i don’t think it’s acoincidence that we movedinto this house and immediately aftershe started pluckingso i think that that is probably thereason whyif any of you guys have to move and youhave parrots don’tor if they start plucking don’t be toohard on yourself because it is justextremely stressful on everyoneincluding the birds and birds areextremely intelligent they can pick upon that stuffand they can be just as stressed if notmore stressed about moving than you areit could just be that she started to getused to this house and she stoppedplucking i’m not gonna lie that couldhave been iti will say i didn’t notice a differenceand she did not stopplucking until maybe a month afterstarting to use this soi would heavily consider this a possiblereason why and not to mention there areso many success storieswith this product another point that iforgot to bring up when i filmed thisvideowas that like i said usually some sortofstressor is what causes birds to pluckso in my case i think the stressor wasus moving but in a lot of cases even ifthe stressor is taken awaylike if gypsy gets used to the house andisn’t stressed about it anymore or ifthe bird let’s say is getting neglectedand is plucking and then is put into asituation where they are no longer beingneglectedin a lot of cases the bird will stillcontinue to pluckjust because it becomes a habit for themandwhen it becomes a habit it becomes moredifficultfor them to stop plucking because it’slikeokay i took away the thing that’sstressing you out and now you’re stillpluckingso in cases like that products likepluck no more can be really helpful forhelping them break out of the habit soanother scenario that could have beenthe case isthe moving process stressed gypsy outshe wasn’t familiar with the house maybeshe got used to itafter a few months but was stillplucking out of habitand then when i started using the pluckno more it could have just helped herbreak out of the habitso i just wanted to include that as wellsoeven if the stressor is taken awaysometimes you want to try other thingsbecause it will become habit in a lot ofcasesso just want to throw that in therebecause i forgot to mention the factthatplucking can also become a habit so ijust wanted to mention the king’s cagespluck no more because if you have a birdthat is pluckingand you’ve tried a lot of things thenthis is definitely worth a tryas you can see if you look at oh gypsywhat are you doing umyou’re such a strange bird as you cansee she does havelike patches of down feathers that areexposedum tipsy and those are pretty much thespots where she was plucking before so abig spot was like around her neckand then there are some spots at thetops of herwings and then a little bit on her chestso her exterior feathers haven’t grownback yet and they oftendon’t grow back for quite a while likeit can take up to a yearsometimes even longer it just dependswhen she molts againand hopefully at the time she moltsthose feathers will grow backshe does look a little bit uh silly withher down feather showing but herexterior feathers should grow back theyjust haven’t yet now that we’ve kind oflikesolved the issue and kind of figured outwhat was going on i wanted to share thiswith youi think that’s about it i just wanted togive you guys an update on gypsy she’sdoing greatgizmo’s also doing completely fine soi’m going to go ahead and make more birdcontentand let me know what you guys want tosee as far as bird contentso thank you guys so much for watchingtoday’s video i hope you guys enjoyedthisupdate on gypsy hope some of you maybefound it usefulhey what’s up you guys my name is tylerruggy welcome back to my article so for today’s video i wanted to giveyou guys an updateon my bird gypsy because i haven’t madeany videosabout my birds in a little while want tothrow in there that gizmois doing completely fine like gizmo isthrivingi just wanted to give an update on gypsythis issue started quite a while agoand that was she began to pluck herfeathers now thisis an issue that a ton of bird ownersseebut a lot of bird owners i feel likedon’t necessarilythink they’ll ever see their own birdpluck feathers because often timesfeather plucking is seen in birds thatare neglectedand just usually when you think of abird plucking you think of a bird that’sbeen like neglected its entire lifebut neglect is not the only reason thatcauses a bird to plucktypically birds pluck because of somesort of stressorbut the cause of that stress could be amultitude of different thingsand the reason why i didn’t talk aboutgypsies feather plucking up until now isbecausei didn’t want to talk about it until iknewwhat was causing it and like how i wasgoing to fix iti didn’t want to just like come out andsay like oh she’s plucking and i have noidea whyand then have people just assume when ifirst noticed she was plugging ifreaked out because the very firstthought was like am i not doing enoughlike am i neglecting her is she unhappylike what am i doing wrong becauseobviously i’ve had her for a few yearsnownever had issues up until now nothinghas reallychanged as far as like the attention igive her and how often i’m around likei’m still home all the timeso i’m like what was causing this like iwas genuinely soconcerned that it was me and that i wasdoing something wrongfor a little while there i was not doingwell becausei was just all day just thinking aboutgypsy worrying about herlike just stressing out over what wascausing thisfor like two or three months straight soi want to get intowhy she was plucking what i did to kindof stop it from happeningbecause this has been something thati’ve been dealing with sincei think march but i definitely want toshare it with you guys i have a lot ofbird owners that watch my videos andeven if you’re a bird owner who takeswonderful care of your birdsyou still might run into plucking andplucking is something thatsome birds are more susceptible to thanother birdslike african greys cockatoos and macawsespeciallyare notorious pluckers and even if youtake wonderful care of themsometimes they just pluck and it’s sostressful becauseyou don’t know why and there’s a lot ofdifferent things that can cause them toplotso let’s go back to when i first noticedthat she was plucking which isabout march i believe it was kind ofhardto tell at first because what i firstnoticedwas she had areas of her like around herneckher down feathers were showing so inoticed that she was losing some of herexterior feathers but her down featherswere thereand there’s a couple spots that lookedlike a little bit baldbut i wasn’t really sure so my firstthought was like oh maybelike i was of course researching it andi was like what is causing this like hdpluckingbecause i just jumped to the worstconclusions all the timeso i was like are you plucking and myfirst thought was that maybeit was just like a molt becausesometimes birds just have like reallyharsh molds wherethey’ll have parts of them that justlook a little bit more exposed usuallythey shouldn’t look bald when they’remolting so that was why i was alarmedbut it was around the springtime so iwas like maybe she’s just going intomolt and losing like a lot of feathersfor some reason i really didn’t knowplus birds are really hormonal in thespringand sometimes female birds can gethormonal and they can pluckas like a nesting behavior or just fromfeeling like hormonal during breedingseason this is just stuff i was readingonline so i was likemaybe it’s just springtime plucking andshe’ll get over it but anyways what ididwas i started by purchasing a calmingsupplement that iokay thank you for pulling my hair umso i started by getting a calmingsupplement that i sprinkled in her foodand waterthat is supposed to help birds that arestressed out and just helpcalm them it was just like a naturalsupplement that a lot of peoplegave really good reviews and i used itand didn’t noticeanything i used it for honestly probablya couple monthsand didn’t notice any changes so i endedup stopping using iti took her to the vet because i wantedto get everything checked out and thisis when i started to likereally doubt that it had to do with thespringtime so i took her into the vetbecause another thing that can causebird pluckingis like a vitamin deficiency or just anysort ofhealth issue they could be havinginternally could cause themsome sort of discomfort that could leadthem to plucking soof course i took her to the vet just gota general checkup told themyou know i suspect plucking like pleasedo blood work and do whatever you needto dotest whatever just check her out makesure everything’s okaythey literally just said everything waslike completely fine and normal so i waslikeokay cool like they did a fecal they didblood workand they just did a general checkup andeverything was completely fineso i was like cool kind of happy thatshe’s completely healthybut also was kind of hoping you wouldfind anissue that would that was like causingit you know what i’m saying like iwantedyou to know what was causing this sothat we could work towards fixing itbut it was kind of frustrating that itwas likeshe was healthy not that it wasfrustrating too healthy you know whati’m trying to saylike really glad you were healthy gypsybut like i was hoping that we could findwhat was causing this but we couldn’t sothenbasically what ended up happening wasover timethat is the fire alarm i’m just gonnaput gypsy down for a secondyou need to like decompress for a secondgypsyso yeah basicallybasically i was doing all kinds ofresearch online talking to differentpeople who know about birds literallyjust trying totry every single thing i could like iwas giving her a plethora of toys i wastrying to get her to do like foragingtoys and i was making her all kinds ofthingstrying to keep her occupied just dowhatever i could to like make sure shewas so busy she could not focus onpluckingi even tried getting a collar that likegoes around their neckand it like blocks their feathers sothat they can’tpluck but it was like hard for her tomove around and navigate and she neverreally got used to wearing that and itreally stressed me outhaving to like put her on it and shereally didn’t like it and i was afraidit was making things worse so i stoppedusing that after a couple dayslike i said i was making foraging toysfor her and just giving her all kinds ofthings trying to rotatetoys out more frequently like every fewdays just giving her new toys whateverbut she wouldn’t touch her toys shewouldn’t touch her foraging toys whichis extremelyunlike her because she usually loves herforaging toys or at least some of themshe chooseswhich origin toys she wants to foragewith and which she doesn’t but anywaysshe wasn’t using anything and it wasjust so frustrating because i was likeplease work with megypsy please do something i was lookingat productsi went online and i came across thisproduct which i’m going to say i thinksolved the issue which waspluck no more by kings cages sobasically pluck no moreis like a homeopathicuh like herbal it’s a liquid you put itin their water and you have to usedistilled waterand you also put it in a spray bottleand you spray it on them a few times adayand it discourages plucking it’ssupposed to help calm them downand just overall help with anybehavioral issues your bird might haveso i went online to buy thisand i went to kingscages.com bought itstraight from them by the way king’scagesmade my birdcages as well people ask meabout my birdcages all the time kingscageslove them they make great products andthis isn’t sponsored they’re not payingme none of thatbut i went and i ordered this and theysent me an email becausei talked to them before so they know whoi am andthey were like asking me about whatissues i was havingand they were like if you post beforeand after pictures of your bird we’lljust send you the pluck no moreand i was like okay cool so they didsend me thisfree of charge i am going to say thatbut they did notpay me to say anything they did not tellme what to saylike this is not sponsored by any meansi am genuinely telling you about thisproduct becausei think it worked and they literallyjust said like ifit works post before and after picturesand if you go on their website and gounder their pluck no morethey have a bunch of different successstories of people using this productliterally people who have pluckedthemselvespeople literally birds who have pluckedthemselves practically completely baldand started using this and it worked andtheir feathersgrew back and they stopped plucking so iwas like okay like i’m gonna try thisand at first i was a little bitskeptical because i was like how is thisjust a miracle product that stops yourbird from plucking likei don’t understand but i tried it and atfirst i wasn’t noticing a difference buta lot of the reviews say that sometimesyou have to go through like one or twoentire bottles before you actuallystart to notice any difference and youhave to be really consistent do it everysingle dayand even when their feathers start togrow back andthey’re not plucking anymore you stillhave to be persistent and keep doing ituntil their feathers are like back againso i was persistent i kept doing it andover time i did noticeher feathers started to grow back and inoticed she was not plucking anymoreand i was like holy crap i think this isworkingi think the reason gypsy startedplucking in the first placewas because we moved so if you guys havebeen aroundand around january i started to movefrom my old house to this current houseand it was like a reallylong stressful moving process like itreally just sucked we hadso much crap to move here and we did itover the span of a couple weeksit was just really hard and superstressful on meand i think birds can often pick up onthis rest of their owners we did notfinishmoving until the very end of januarybeginning of februaryand then it was march that i started tonotice like little bald spots on herthat was another thing i was thinkingback in my mind that maybe it was thestress from moving that caused herto start plucking and also a lot of thetimes it is pretty common when you moveto a new spacethat if birds are for whatever reasonjust not comfortable with the new spaceor they’re just like not used to theenvironmentthings like that and just environmentalchanges cancause them to be stressed enough tostart plucking that wasprobably why i don’t think it’s acoincidence that we movedinto this house and immediately aftershe started pluckingso i think that that is probably thereason whyif any of you guys have to move and youhave parrots don’tor if they start plucking don’t be toohard on yourself because it is justextremely stressful on everyoneincluding the birds and birds areextremely intelligent they can pick upon that stuffand they can be just as stressed if notmore stressed about moving than you areit could just be that she started to getused to this house and she stoppedplucking i’m not gonna lie that couldhave been iti will say i didn’t notice a differenceand she did not stopplucking until maybe a month afterstarting to use this soi would heavily consider this a possiblereason why and not to mention there areso many success storieswith this product another point that iforgot to bring up when i filmed thisvideowas that like i said usually some sortofstressor is what causes birds to pluckso in my case i think the stressor wasus moving but in a lot of cases even ifthe stressor is taken awaylike if gypsy gets used to the house andisn’t stressed about it anymore or ifthe bird let’s say is getting neglectedand is plucking and then is put into asituation where they are no longer beingneglectedin a lot of cases the bird will stillcontinue to pluckjust because it becomes a habit for themandwhen it becomes a habit it becomes moredifficultfor them to stop plucking because it’slikeokay i took away the thing that’sstressing you out and now you’re stillpluckingso in cases like that products likepluck no more can be really helpful forhelping them break out of the habit soanother scenario that could have beenthe case isthe moving process stressed gypsy outshe wasn’t familiar with the house maybeshe got used to itafter a few months but was stillplucking out of habitand then when i started using the pluckno more it could have just helped herbreak out of the habitso i just wanted to include that as wellsoeven if the stressor is taken awaysometimes you want to try other thingsbecause it will become habit in a lot ofcasesso just want to throw that in therebecause i forgot to mention the factthatplucking can also become a habit so ijust wanted to mention the king’s cagespluck no more because if you have a birdthat is pluckingand you’ve tried a lot of things thenthis is definitely worth a tryas you can see if you look at oh gypsywhat are you doing umyou’re such a strange bird as you cansee she does havelike patches of down feathers that areexposedum tipsy and those are pretty much thespots where she was plucking before so abig spot was like around her neckand then there are some spots at thetops of herwings and then a little bit on her chestso her exterior feathers haven’t grownback yet and they oftendon’t grow back for quite a while likeit can take up to a yearsometimes even longer it just dependswhen she molts againand hopefully at the time she moltsthose feathers will grow backshe does look a little bit uh silly withher down feather showing but herexterior feathers should grow back theyjust haven’t yet now that we’ve kind oflikesolved the issue and kind of figured outwhat was going on i wanted to share thiswith youi think that’s about it i just wanted togive you guys an update on gypsy she’sdoing greatgizmo’s also doing completely fine soi’m going to go ahead and make more birdcontentand let me know what you guys want tosee as far as bird contentso thank you guys so much for watchingtoday’s video i hope you guys enjoyedthisupdate on gypsy hope some of you maybefound it useful


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