Cockatiel chalky powder

by Dee
(Australia)

Hi All :) My cockatiel Ollie...... Just wondering what molting feathers on the chest and a white chalky kinda of powder on his back when I patted Him might mean ? Could he be sick ? :) Thanks

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Sep 11, 2011
Thanks for the info :)
by: Anonymous

Thanks for the heads up Linda :) So this means it's a normal function of the bird and is not dangerous or means that my bird is sick ?

Editor's note: This is normal.

Sep 09, 2011
Cockatiel chalky powder
by: Linda

The material is the chalky substance found on Cockatiels, Cockatoos and African Greys and is called powder down which is the old feather shafts breaking down. It is normal for these birds, and they require frequent cleaning of their cages, perches and other places in their areas because this feather down material puts a thick coat on everything it touches.

Linda

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