Extra tail feather growth??

by Tanya
(Columbia City, In)

Hello there i was seeing if you ever heard of this before. My 2 year old whiteface cockatail seems to have some extra group of feathers growing out of his lower belly, just behind his legs i moved his little feathers and seen the growth looks like his skin with what looks like his dark tail feathers growing out? just to high from where his tail feathers are. He seems to be in a little pain when he tried to fly and wants to sleep a little more, Just not sure what to do dont think a vet can help with this. ps his is still pooping and is clean in that area.

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Aug 08, 2012
by: Tanya

He is molting so i know thats not all fun an games. He gets the best food and eats everything in the mix, so its not that he is not getting what he needs that bird has it real good. Just has what i would call a lager skin tag with a tail feather growing out, the only vet that works with birds around here is no good, I plan on taking him in just have to find other one in the area. Wish i could take a pic so everyone could see, ( can i post a pic) he seems to be happy, feathers look good still cleaning himself, eating and drinking no stuff coming out of his eye or nose so he seems healthy, but i know they can hide sickness well till its too late.

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Aug 08, 2012
Extra set of tail feathers
by: The Avian Vet

I find the statement “...don’t think a vat can help us with this” confusing. Why would you think this? I don’t know of anyone else who could actually help your bird. Of course I am going to recommend that your bird be seen by an avian veterinary specialist.

I am not sure based on your description exactly what is going on. Seeing your bird would make it easier to diagnose. I have seen a situation that may be similar. Feathers that are covered with their sheaths and are very long. Most feather problems are nutritionally related. If your bird is not eating pellets, then nutritional deficiencies are most likely. Switching Birds To Pellets article This can also be from infrequent bathing, lack of preening, and even genetic issues. Please take your bird in to be seen.

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Aug 07, 2012
Extra tail feather growth??
by: Linda

Your bird sounds like he is sick, and the only thing you can do is to take him to be examined by an Avian Vet ONLY. Take only to an Avian Vet because dog and cat vets are not licensed or trained in the care of birds and do more harm than good.

He is sleeping more because he is sick, and without being examined, diagnosed and treated by an avian vet will most likely die. If he has a contageous infection, all your other birds will become ill too.

I don't know why you think a vet won't do him any good? All birds need to be checked out by an Avian Vet within the first week of having them if not before they are brought home. When you see actual symptoms of illness, you are obligated to take your birds to an Avian Vet for their medical issues.If, for some reason, you cannot do this, then you need to find homes for your birds with people who will take care of them. Having birds means taking them to avian vet when sick, injured or for a yearly checkup.

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