Cockatoo's fluffy featherw

by Tom
(Tracy, CA)

I obtained my Too about 2 weeks ago and have wondered why her feathers are fluffy and not lying down with the smooth look of all of the birds I've seen. No one seems to have the answer. She was taken care of very well and I don't suspect any health problems. Can you give me some suggestions?

Thank you,


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Dec 18, 2009
Fluffy Too
by: Hillary

Cold? Hot? Birds use their feathers to ventilate. Or scared? Defensive? Birds puff up to look big. Sick and hiding it? Most likely, birds puff up to look brave and big when they are ill. Watch the poos for consistancy, call the vet.

Dec 17, 2009
Cockatoo's fluffy featherw
by: Linda

Tom, thanks for writing. When birds sit with fluffed up feathers, it usually means they are cold and/or sick. I would make sure that you do not have her sitting directly in a window or too close to a window, and make sure your home is about 70 degrees all the time. Sudden drops of 10 degrees will cause birds to get pneumonia, and sitting under heat or air vents or on top of the floor ones with put them in a draft which will cause the same problems.

Make sure she is warm enough, and see if she may like a light cover over he cage at night. Some birds do and some don't if they are not used to one. If she was covered at the other home, then she needs to be covered in yours too.

She may have contracted a bacterial infection, so to rule out infection, please take her into an Avian Vet in your are for a checkup to make sure she is okay. Bird's immune systems are under stress during moves from one home to another, and a lot of them become ill. A sick bird will also sit with feathers fluffed up, so don't take any chances with her. It's much easier to catch a problem quickly than to let it go and get worse as it takes a long time to get birds back up into good health again.

Let us know what vet had to say,

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