Feather picking in pet birds is one of the most difficult symptoms to manage. Many causes have been blamed for this frustrating condition.
Occasionally, an episode of feather picking is actually worsened by an owner. Birds are much like children, and sometimes will prefer negative attention to no attention. An owner's attempts to distract a pet bird from feather picking may actually become entertaining to the bird. The first responsibility of the owner is therefore NOT to draw attention to the picking in front of the bird.
For more information, please read the article Feather Picking.