Budgie neck feathers
by E. J.
Is my neck missing too many feathers, doc?
Hello! I'd like to know if my budgie could have mites or some illness, please. He has a patch of missing neck feathers, and I believe that he is molting now (but he has some companions, and perhaps it is them?) - but he's never lost so many in a single spot!
He's about 3 years old, and acting just fine. Eating, drinking is normal. But he IS eating more eucalyptus than usual. I read it's good for their immune systems, so that troubles me.
He's got a ton of toys and a big enough cage to frolic in with his buddies. The naked spot is only visible when he is moving, and it is a dark pink sort of color.
He doesn't seem to be picking at it himself, but maybe I am mistaking plucking for grooming?
I'm really worried about him, and am calling an avian vet tomorrow that the kitty's vet recommended.
Thanks so, so much for providing this service online. Hope you can shed some light on this for me.