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Sep 14, 2009
by: Linda

Your birds could be molting, and their tail feathers as well as the rest of their feathers come out so new ones can come in. Birds molt twice a year, at the end of Summer going into Fall and then again in Spring when winter is all over.

If you think something else is wrong, please find an Avian Vet in your area and take birds in, and this sounds like molting. Normal molting is where feathers come out at different times, so the bird is not without feathers. Look to see if there are little prickly feather shafts coming out on their tails and elsewhere. They look like little pins in pincushions and once the end is off, a feather can be seen in the shaft.

Thanks for writing,

Sep 13, 2009
Lorikeets lost tail feathers
by: The Vet

It is possible that they pulled them out. Also the cage may be too small. They could have a viral infection, in particular PBFD ? Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease, or polyomavirus. Other causes are also possible. I recommend that you have them seen by an avian veterinarian.

Dr B

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