bird owner

by Al Mitchell
(King of Prussia Pa )

this is the first time in about 20 years that I have bred my canaries, and this year the weather and all other elements of breeding were perfect ( maybe too perfect) I had to remove the nest from one pair as she started to prepare for a 3rd clutch with is not really healthy.

My question is out of the 10 born to two pair all have grown well and feathered well except for one, and that one has grown nicely, gotten all her feathers except for a horseshoe shape barespot about 1/8 of an ince wide on the breast area, I have never seen this before and it has not happened to any of the other babies, this baby is still eating well, bathing, flying around the cage with that horseshoe shape being the only malady, what could cause that? diet wise they are all on pellets, brown rice, mixed greens and other veggies, egg/eggshell pureed, hoping someone has seen this before thanks in advance

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Jul 31, 2010
Baby bird feather issue
by: The Avian Vet

It depends on the bird?s age. It may not be old enough to have completely feathered and what you are seeing is the skin over the crop, which normally does not have feathers but is covered with feathers from adjacent follicles. It could be a genetic issue associated with over breeding, or feather plucking by the parents from so many babies in the nest. You should have this looked at by an avian veterinarian.

Dr B

Jul 30, 2010
bird owner
by: Linda

Though I've never seen anything quite like this, it sounds as if it is not a health issue. Could the baby have gotten a little cut or bite in that area? Possibly the feathers will grow in after the first molt. It also could be some kind of inherited trait that only the one baby has. Sometimes recessive characteristics cause anomolies such as this. I'm thinking maybe a birth mark which makes this baby very, very special. Horse shoes usually denote good luck, so maybe this is a very minor issue, and I hope so.

If, after the next molt, it is still there, you may wish to consult an Avian Vet about it to make sure bird is healthy as for any infections and/or organ problems. Simple tests for infections and some basic bloodwork to make sure kidneys, liver, thyroid and parathryoid are working properly would not hurt especially if you are going to sell this one. This way, you will have the paperwork from the Avian Vet to back up the fact that Canary is healthy in all ways.

Sorry I could not be of more help, but I do think this may go away with the next molt and if not, just a short trip to Avian vet to make sure all is well would be all that is required.

Congratulations on all the wonderful babies. I love Canaries and have had many as pets though I've never bred them.

Thanks for writing, and let us know how everything goes later on.


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