blue ringneck male pluking female back feather frequently

by shahzad
(lahore,pakistan)

I have a blue ringneck pair.Although they breed but male frequently pluking female back feather .I am very anxious about her

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Sep 15, 2009
about male feather plucking
by: shahzad

thanks linda comments on this,but problem is that in lahore pak,breeding season is going to start almost,so that time i don;t want to seaperate them at all,otherwise i have to wait for next year.

Sep 14, 2009
Feather plucking
by: Linda

You must separate these two before he picks her bare of feathers. I have an older Amazon pair, and they had to be separated because she was plucking him bald.They will remain separated as we bought a large cage with a divider in the middle for them last summer.

You will need either another cage or a cage with a divider in the middle. They make these in the larger cages, so make sure bar spacing is correct for the Ringnecks. You can also just get another cage and put them next to each other.

It would also be a good idea to take her to an Avian Vet in your area as sometimes the one being picked on is sick with an infection. If you have bred her and actually raised babies more often than once a year, she is probably sick. Breeding birds more than once a year depletes the females' stores of calcium and other vitamins and minerals as it would do with a human woman. Ladies need time to recover from the drain that childbearing or egg laying takes in the body.

For now, separate them quickly as the male WILL NOT STOP THIS BEHAVIOR UNTIL HE HAS PLUCKED ALL HER FEATHERS AND MAYBE EVEN KILLED HER. In the wild, birds who are ill or weak in any way are either driven from the flock or killed where they stand. Our pet birds are very much wild animals, and will act like that all their lives. It takes hundreds and hundred of years to domesticate an animal or bird. I like them as they are--wild and beautiful!

Thanks for writing and keep us posted on your progress.

Linda

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