A very bald cockatiel

I have 2 lutino cockatiels that are about 6 months old ,one female and one male,the male though is starting to lose hair .Ive heard sometimes its normal but then now his whole back of the head is almost pretty much bald,i just need an answer of what is happening,is this life threatining or is he molting?

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Oct 25, 2011
A very bald cockatiel
by: Linda

He is NOT molting. He's being picked clean by the female, so you need to get another cage and put him in it. There is no guarantee birds we put together will like each other, and these two do not like each other.

Remove him quickly because once the feathers are pulled so many times, they will not come back in. It is important for his health and well being that you get him into another cage immediately.

Also, it would be a very good idea to take both birds to be examined by an Avian Vet. Sometimes, sick birds will be tormented by other birds in their areas. Sick birds, in the wild, are either killed or driven away to die alone by the flock. It would be great to get them both in because infections are highly contageous.

As a matter of safety these birds are not old enough to breed anyway. The Cockies need to be on the other side of 2 years old for the female to be physically ready to lay an egg. At 6 months, she will most likely die in egg binding as her body is not yet ready to lay an egg.

Thanks for writing,

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