Beak and Feather in my Rainbow Lorikeet

by Lorraine
(Brisbane Queensland Australia)

I have a rainbow lorikeet with no tail feathers. I know it could be beak and feather disease and if so, will have a shorter life span. My question is, if the feathers grow back, how long will it take. Also, would it be best to keep, or if the feathers grow back, release it back into the wild.

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Dec 04, 2011
Beak and Feather in my Rainbow Lorikeet
by: Linda

I don't think I understand what you're asking? If you even suspect this bird has beak and feather disease, get it to an avian vet immediately to be tested. The disease is so highly contageous as to make my hair stand up on end. It is incurable, and can be passed onto every bird around including people's chickens, turkeys, pet birds, song birds outside and all other wild birds he either has come into contact with or will come into contact with. I strongly suggest you have him tested to see if he does or does not because you will not be able to have another bird until this bio-hazard is cleaned up in your home or wherever you're keeping him. It could be that an animal pulled out his tail feathers, but if it was me, I'd be going to the avian vet right away to find out for sure.

If he tests positive for beak and feather disease, you will not be allowed to release him anywhere, so make sure you get this testing done quickly.

The tail feathers won't come back in before his next molt, and that is done seasonally, so if it's summer there, he won't molt out again until more toward end of summer or into fall. Hopefully, that's all this is about.

I'm attaching a link to an article about beak and feather disease, and it is horrible, painful and heartbreaking since there's no cure.

PBFD How long will it linger in a home?

Let us know how this goes and the best of luck to you!


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