Bailey plucking?

by Megan

I have had my blue quaker bailey for a couple of days now. He is a very friendly little bird and just over 2 months old. I have just noticed that whenever he preens he loses down feathers. I was wondering if this is just normal molting or if he is plucking them out. He seems to be happy but still a little shy, i'm hoping the stress of moving homes hasn't upset him and made him start plucking at such a young age. Any help would be great.

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Jan 29, 2010
Bird losing down feathers
by: Tracie

A good rule of thumb is if you can't see feathers missing, bald spots, then they are not plucking. If the feathers looked chewed or are missing, then there is a problem.

It is a good idea to take your bird to see an avian vet now and once a years for a check up and vaccination though. It gives the vet the ability to have a record of your bird's statistics when it is well and you bird a chance to get used to traveling and being examined by the vet. The last thing your bird needs when it is sick or injured is the stress of traveling and being examined for the first time.

Besides being examined once a year and getting vaccinated, having your bird on a healthy pellet diet, like Harrison's , will give your bird the best chance at a long healthy life. If you need help switching your bird to pellets, you can read our Switching Birds to Pellets article.

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