Curling feathers - Cockatiel
by Felicity Moore
(Maryborough, Qld, Australia)
Hi, we have a young female cocktail (less than 1 year old). A friend of noticed today that her wing feathers are starting to curl. This is the same thing that happened to her bird who is our birds brother. She had contacted the breeder who said it is a calcium deficiency.
Our bird is in a large aviary type cage with 3 other birds. They have seed, pellet, soaked grain and legumes, fruit and veg daily. They also have a calcium bell in there that I see them eating daily. None of the other birds' feathers are curling. There are no other changes in her -still active and alert, eating well, poops normal, no vomiting or running nose.
I have attached a photo, I hope it is clear enough to see. They are the white feathers under the grey ones on her wings. May friends cockatiels' feathers are more pronounced. Thanks in advance, Felicity