Alexandrine Ringneck - Top of head looks like losing feathers

by Asull
(Houston, Texas)

My Alexandrine Ringneck has received a good bill of health by our vet less than 1 month ago and she is 5 months old.

I noticed that the top of her head looks a bit "scruffy". In the last 3 weeks we have had company and I do not think she has had the necessary rest (12 hrs sleep time).

She is eating fine, pooping fine....just this scruffy look on top of her head. I have not notice her scratching or anything.

Thank you.

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Jul 06, 2009
Ringneck with scruffy feathers
by: Tracie

Dr B can not help with this one, because he can not see the bird and examine it.

It sounds like your bird might be going through it's first molt. If you don't see skin, where feathers are actually missing, I would think this is what you are describing.

If you can pet the bird's head, you will likely feel some pointy feathers coming in. You might also be seeing little feathers around the cage. When a bird is molting, you can see feathers on the floor, but you can NOT see where they came from. (No skin showing where there used to be feathers.)

It would be worth a call to your vet's office in my opinion to describe what you are seeing and let them decide if they think they need to see the bird, to be on the safe side.

If the bird is molting, you can help the bird by providing fresh water for the bird to bathe in every day. This softens the sheath on the feathers and helps them be more comfortable. If the bird gets grumpy when you pet it, don't get upset with it. I would think it is uncomfortable to have those sharp feathers coming through the skin.

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