I noticed a couple months ago Chumley was leaving down feathers on the bottom of his cage. At first a few, then more and about two weeks ago I had him out on his play perch and he plucked 5 down feathers out right there in front of me. I was worried so I messaged his breeder. She go right back to me. I sent in pictures of the feathers and she said yes he is starting to pluck and we need to stop before it becomes a bad habit and they are hard to break from it.
She asked if I had recently changed Chum's seed. I said I was always changing his seed because he is so picky. Then I realized I had been giving Chumley an avian cookie once a day and they are kind of big for a parrotlet (should have not given him so much). He would tear through them and couldn't wait to eat them as soon as I put them in his bowl.
So I stopped giving the cookies- cold turkey! Two weeks later no more down feathers any where. I told his breeder and she was so happy and so am I.
Poor little guy must have been itchy from an ingredient in those cookies.
Just thought I would share.
Lisa and Chumley🦜💥🍪❌