Just in time for Fall and Winter weather, BirdSupplies.com has reduced the price on several sizes of Parrot Feather Sweaters for Parrots.
Not only cute as all get out, Parrot Feather Sweaters keep your pet bird warm AND deter feather plucking behavior.
Some of our customers who have feather plucking parrots report that they sew funky wood or nylon buttons, thin leather strips or small, preen friendly bird toys on to the chest part of the Parrot Feather Sweater. They then transfer these fun to preen items onto a sock that hangs in the cage. But, there is an added surprise for that feather plucker! Yeah, baby! Some coveted bird treats are sewn inside the sock. “Polly Feather Plucker” learns to look away from itself to forage for fun stuff and bird treats.
So, how can you successfully use this technique with your pet bird?
- Purchase 3-6 Feather Sweaters or Bird Hoodies in assorted colors.
- Sew a few of your parrots favorite “mouthing or nibbler” items onto the area that covers the spot your bird is feather plucking. Key being bird safe textures that your parrot likes. This process may require a bit of experimentation to find out what your parrot likes.
- Once your parrot has become accustomed to picking at the nibbler items on the Feather Sweater or Bird Hoodie as opposed to its own feathers, get some white tube socks. Stuff one with 2-3 of your parrots favorite treats. Sew the same nibbler items on the outside of the sock. Hang the sock in the bird cage. Observe play for safety issues. At this point, your parrot should be wearing a Feather Sweater that is NOT embellished with chewies and nibble toys.
- As you notice your parrot spending more time on the sock vs. its own body, continue to provide new and interesting items to enrich and enhance foraging behaviors both inside and outside the sock. If your parrot is continuing to nibble on the Feather Sweater, you may wish to spray the chest area of the feather sweater with Bitter Apple. Or, consider some homeopathic parrot anxiety medications such as AviCalm.