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feather loss or plucking what do i do

We got our grey as a baby still formala feeding him and he never bit. We've been working a lot and not spending a lot of time with him lately. he says his name now. He used to let us take him out of the cage and about a month ago he started biting if you tried and wouldn't come out on his own. He started losing feathers so I thought it was just becase he was molting. Now he'll come out on his own and only bites sometimes but is still losing feathers and new are coming in or it's down or something. I noticed a couple days ago a few feathers on the floor looked broken in pieces so i watched him. I can't tell if he's grooming on pulling them. Now all his tail feathers are gone and I think he might be pulling them. I've beeb letting him out and he comes out sometimes and then goes back in. He has a nice cage and toys. What do I do to find out for sure he's pulling them and wehat do I do to get him to stop? wasn't he molting? I am confused. He doesn't look or act ill and eats fine.
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234713 tn?1283526659
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This is an extremely complex issue.  Feather picking could be caused by parasites, mites, other skin infections, gastrointestinal issues and many other physical causes.  It can also be caused by many behavioral problems, such as boredom, separation anxiety, stress and more.

This must be addressed by a veterinarian that is board certified in exotics.  Please refer to the following web site for an Avian Vet near you:  http://www.aav.org/index.php
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187666 tn?1331173345
I spoke with a friend of mine who does parrot rescue and also has 9 parrots of his own. Of course the first thing to check for is parasites. But when you mentioned that you've been working a lot, it may be loneliness and boredom. He's had your attention and is now left with too much free time, not sure what to do. A couple things that were suggested are more toys to play with, taking strips of lettuce or some kind of food that you can hide around areas in his cage or weave through the bars so he has to work at getting them out. He needs challenges and enrichment. African Grays are one of the smartest parrots around and he needs to interact with someone or something.
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