cockatoo losing feathers just on his belly

by Kristy

I bought a cockatoo from a person. When I went to get him he was losing feathers on his belly. They seemed to be growing back but now he has just a few small ones frowing in. Is there anything I can do for him?

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Dec 23, 2009
cockatoo losing feathers just on his belly
by: Linda

I agree with Tracie about taking your new bird to the Avian Vet. Moving is stressful on birds, and it is the time when they'll tend to become ill, so do not delay.

The article she mentioned is very good. The only thing I don't agree with, and several Avian vets also do not agree with, is the Lixit water bottle. The sharp metal end where the little ball is is where birds can effectively cut off their tongues, and this has been seen. Birds tend to want to stick their tongues up into it, and can either become cut badly or cut their tongues off from point of entry downwards.

Some birds also like to play in their water dish. One of my Amazons loves to soak some of her food in the bowl, and since this provides a healthy past-time for her, the water bottle would take this opportunity away. Yes, the Lixit bottle keeps the water cleaner which is a real plus, and to me, is not worth the dangers involved with it. Small animals are much less likely to be hurt as their mouths and tongues are larger to start with.

The article is, for the most part, extremely helpful, so you will enjoy reading it.

Thanks for Writing,

Dec 23, 2009
Cockatoo losing feathers
by: Tracie

If he is losing feathers on his belly, then either he is sick or is plucking. Either way he needs to be seen by an avian vet to determine the cause and get the exact treatment needed to get well.

Please read our avian vet's Feather Damaging Behavior article for more information.

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