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Hi, we have 2 budgies a male and a female, and I noticed something strange about the female bird (kitty), they had a chick long ago and after its sudden death, she started to pull her feathers out, I have tried to make stop, but now it's worse, she is starting to pull more and bleed and she's starting to pull some feathers from the other budgie as I saw her doing that yesterday, she was chasing him and then she pulled a feather from him and chewed it, Is there any way to stop her from doing that?

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I'm very sorry to hear of your Kitty's behavioural issues, she is clearly very distressed from the look of things. From your description she seems to have developed an obsessive compulsive disorder and the best thing to do in this situation is to consult with a specialized avian vet in hopes of finding a good solution and treatment plan for your Kitty.

If she is in fact plucking her mate's feathers, you have no choice but to separate her mate and placing him on a different cage. You can place both cages close by so that they can still see and communicate with each other.
I know this is very saddening but at this time, it's the best thing you can do for your budgie boy's mental and physical health.

I'm wishing you and your budgies all the best and hope your Kitty's mental health improves soon and she stops the self-mutilation.
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I agree with aluz with regard to Kitty's behavior problem.
It is very important you separate her from the male at this point in time for his health and well-being.

Please do see an Avian Vet about Kitty's obsessive behavior.
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I have never had a pet bird with a self-plucking problem, but I have had birds under my care who needed extra care and attention and I had to work with them in order to help them overcome health-related problems linked to disabilities and behavioural issues too. More recently one of my birds had a stroke and with the help of the medication and the extra time I took with rehabilitation and physical therapy I was able to help my bird regain the lost mobility on his beak.

The vet will be able to advise you on the best course of action. He/she may prescribe your Kitty a vitamin supplement to help promote feather growth and medication to hopefully calm her down and lessen the urge to pluck.
You can also work more closely with her in order to keep her busy with other things so that she doesn't go back to plucking. You can try to strengthen the bond you have with her and entice her to play with some toys, so that her mind is focused on something else besides the plucking.
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I'm sorry to hear that little Kitty has been having issues

She sounds very depressed and it's very upsetting to see, I imagine. I agree with Aluz concerning her advice for you, Kitty should be separated from her mate so he doesn't suffer and it's important she gets lots of attention from you so she can start to heal herself emotionally. Hopefully the vet can make more suggestions concerning her condition.

I'm really hoping for all the best for your little girl

Sending lots of healing prayers your way. Please keep us updated on her condition and if you have any other questions please be sure to ask as we'd love to help

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