Down feathers on parakeet are showing through

by Kathryn
(Lake Balboa, CA. USA)

Photo of down feathers poking out

Photo of down feathers poking out

Photo of down feathers poking out
down feathers
another angle

One of my parakeets (they live in an outdoor aviary with a roof over the top) has her down feathers showing through the other feathers. She looks like her down feathers are over sized and there isn't enough room for them to hide under the regular feathers. What could be causing this? It's been going on for a few months now.

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May 31, 2011
Parakeet feather issues
by: The Avian Vet

This could be a genetic problem or nutritional. You should have him examined by an avian veterinarian. If he is on a seed only diet, then nutrition is the most likely cause. He should be eating approximately 70% pellets. Harrison's pellets are the best you can feed your bird.

Switching Birds to Pellets article

Dr B

May 31, 2011
more on down feathers
by: Anonymous

Species that experience annual temperature fluctuations typically have more down feathers following their autumn moult.

Mutations in the genes control the formation of down feathers have been recorded.

Down feathers are a thermal insulator.

May 31, 2011
colder weather
by: Anonymous

I've seen this on Cockatiels in outdoor aviaries & it's usually when it gets cold. The dander grows & is over sized. It isn't a common thing that occurs but it isn't anything to worry about either.

If you are worried just take it to a vet for a check up.

May 30, 2011
Down feathers on parakeet are showing through
by: Linda

Budgies are aggressive birds and will pick another bird clean of feathers or kill it outright. Please take your bird to be examined by an Avian Vet as quickly as is possible to rule out other causes for this like infection or disease. Keep this bird in a cage of its own.

This sometimes happens when too many birds are put into small enclosure as overcrowding is a major cause for violence in all birds and animals including the animal called human.

First take it to avian vet because in a wild flock, a sick bird will be picked on until it either dies or is killed outright. Sick or injured flock members bring predators, and are never tolerated in the general population. They are either killed or driven out to die alone. Your bird has no where to go, so if he is sick, he will be killed after he is tortured. If this bird proves to have a contageous infection, all the other birds will also have it and will need to be treated accordingly. Your little bird is being tortured to death while you wait and watch to see further developments. Further developments may include a bloody, torn body in bottom of flight, so get him to avian vet and remove him from your Budgie population. I hope everything works out for the good of all, and thanks for writing.

Linda

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