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Feather Picking Chronicles

9/28/02 Below is a photo of Max after nine days on Haldol. Note the down at his vent. There are feather shafts growing around the crop and his left breast. Prior to this, Max was plucked completely bare. Every shaft was yanked before it had a chance to grow. He has now taken to destroying his cage accessories. He dumps bowls, shreds tray liners, knocks perches to the ground, etc. Better to destroy his cage than his body!

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February 27, 2002
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February 1, 2002: Max's plucking is worsening. He is currently on Doxepin, which has greatly reduced his anxiety and returned his personality to somewhat normal.

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Max plucking areas. Max began to pluck in August 2001.

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Max enjoying my Strawberry Shortcake
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February 2, 2002: Max was x-rayed last week to determine if he had an enlarged proventriculus. The x-ray revealed a "petite" poventriculus - much to my delight!

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Below is a typical plucked feather. They are not yet fully formed when he plucks them.

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3/8/02 -- Shy little Max... NOT!

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Green Tumbling Check Mark

Below is a more recent photo of a plucked area. There are far more "bald" areas now that earlier photographed.

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History

Max was first seen for plucking in August. Atarax was prescribed. Later Flagyl was prescribed. We are currently waiting for results from a fecal trichrome test. Max also receieves Benedryl and Geoge's Aloe Vera gel as a topical when he begins to pick in a frantic manner.

Max was put on Doxepin and did beautifully for two weeks. Then he had a downturn and his plucking intensified as you can see when you compare his February 27th photo above.