Here are those same birefringent gout crystals removed from my foot and seen under the microscope

 

Oh yes, just because I have been overgrooming my feathers doesn't necessarialy mean I have articular gout. I am a temperamental African Grey Parrot, and I am known for my sensitive, emotional personality. I will chew off my feathers when I am frustrated, lonely or dissatisfied for any reason and once I begin that habit, it can be very hard for you or Dr. Hines to stop me.