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Old 06-26-2016, 04:15 PM
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In just under 3 weeks, I'll be leaving Princess Jakob with a friend for a week so I can go off on holidays. My friend had a budgie in the past and has minded Jakob once before. Jakob will be allowed out of the cage at my friend's place, and she'll get plenty of attention.

So all in all, not a big deal...

There's just the challenge that I need to prepare her for this. Jakob and I have been spending a lot of time together in recent months I and have had to focus a lot of attention on Jakob.

When I was in hospital (she was minded in my own home) she started chewing on her feathers again. The first few days I was home she wouldn't leave my side and barely said a peep. She wouldn't eat either. She's back to normal again in that regard, but with me here all the time, I wonder what it'll be like when I leave her to go away for a week? I try to ensure I leave home several times a day right now so that she has to spend some time alone in the cage. She's not happy with that, but we do it anyway. It's not quite the same as me being in work for 8-9 hours, but it's the best I can do.

Should I consider treats to simply spoil her a bit when I'm away? New toys? New branches? Or do I just leave things the way they are and hope for the best?

Just so you can see my princess is OK, here she is having a nap on her favourite branch. She likes to lie down and cuddle her little head against the branch


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Old 06-26-2016, 05:33 PM
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I'm very sorry you have noticed a setback on your Princess Jakob regarding her feather plucking issue.
No doubt the stress and the fact that you were away from her for a few days have caused the relapse.

It's good that you are getting her used to a routine in preparation for the upcoming vacation.
Getting her new toys to keep her busy and hopefully away from the feather plucking is also a great idea.
It would also be best to inform your friend of this problem affecting your Jakob so that they are aware of the situation and they can take measures to hopefully keep Jakob from plucking by engaging with her more closely and keeping the environment more inviting for playful activities.

Last time when Jakob has this issue, did you have her on some kind of anxiety/anti-stress medication to help her out in coping with the plucking behaviour?

I truly hope your Princess Jakob will cope well and you have a great time on your week-long vacation.
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Dorte,

I'm sorry to hear about Princess Jakob's anxiety! I'm glad she's been getting better with you, but I know it must be stressful to consider how she'll do while you're away.

Ana has given the best possible advice, and I hope it is able to help her through your absence. It's good she's already met your friend, that should help her to relax a little more.

I hope you enjoy your vacation and that you come away feeling renewed
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Jakob didn't get any medication in February when her plucking started. I asked my vet about it this morning and was told they prefer to avoid that. Do you know much about that type of medication? How would it be administered? How would it impact the bird?


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I'm very sorry you have noticed a setback on your Princess Jakob regarding her feather plucking issue.
No doubt the stress and the fact that you were away from her for a few days have caused the relapse.

It's good that you are getting her used to a routine in preparation for the upcoming vacation.
Getting her new toys to keep her busy and hopefully away from the feather plucking is also a great idea.
It would also be best to inform your friend of this problem affecting your Jakob so that they are aware of the situation and they can take measures to hopefully keep Jakob from plucking by engaging with her more closely and keeping the environment more inviting for playful activities.

Last time when Jakob has this issue, did you have her on some kind of anxiety/anti-stress medication to help her out in coping with the plucking behaviour?

I truly hope your Princess Jakob will cope well and you have a great time on your week-long vacation.
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Fortunately, I have never dealt with a pet bird who had a feather plucking problem and my knowledge in this is limited.
From the research I have made into the subject, stress/anxiety relief medication seems to help in terms of diminishing the symptoms.
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I understand your concern about Jakob and I would be concerned as well. It sounds as though she is extremely bonded to you and doesn't do well when you are away from her.

It is important that Jakob eat and keep up her strength while you are away. I would ask the bird-sitter to ensure she gets the treat-sticks, millet, egg food and her normal food as well.

It will be good if the person caring for her will take the time to interact with her as much as possible. Jakob needs to feel that she has not been abandoned. If you can, think about getting a "Mimic Me" to record your voice for her. The bird-sitter can play it for her periodically throughout each day.

https://www.amazon.com/Prevue-Hendry...ag=googhydr-20

I'd also suggest that you start using a good pro-biotic now to help ensure her body is best able to withstand the stress of you being away for a week.

AviBios Probiotics

I'd also suggest using Calciboost.
This is a formula with calcium, magnesium and Vitamin D3 which is supposed to help birds that have feather plucking issues.

Calciboost from The Bird Care Company for Calcium Deficiencies 1

I'm sure you do need a week away to relax and being worried about Jakob isn't going to help you do that.

Make sure you leave the number for your Avian Vet with the bird-sitter so she can reach the vet if necessary while you are away.

I'm sorry I don't have more suggestions.


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