feather loss

by Nonnie
(Calgary Alberta Canada)

My male lovebird seems to have lost a large amount of feathers, mainly down feathers, on his neck, belly and above his tail. He does not appear to be plucking, and his mate has not been plucking him either.

She appears to be fine. He is also much skinnier then she is. We have not noticed lots of feathers on the bottom of the cage. He seems perfectly normal in his behavior and has been eating normally as far as we can tell. He feeds his mate regularly as well. They are currently being very hormonal (she will be laying an egg within the next day)

This has been going on for a few days, we initially expected it was just a big molt, but things do not seem to be improving. I have noticed a little bit of dried blood, but not very much.

What might be wrong with him? We give them fresh water daily, and a multivitamin is mixed in with their daily fresh veggies

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Feb 21, 2012
by: Anonymous

Thank you

I went in to a nearby parrot specialty shop. They also told me to cease the vitamins, which I have. They also gave me some samples of the Harrisons, suggested red palm oil and organic figs. The figs are in case it is from a parasite, apparently they flush the parasites out of the birds system.

The leading is that he is over re-regurgitating food to his mate, which has left him under nourished. She is a bit on the tubby side.

We are weighing him regularly now. I plan to take him into the vet next week when I have a week day off unless we see any improvement

Feb 20, 2012
Abnormal feather loss and skinny bird
by: Tracie

Dr B can not tell over the Internet what may be causing your bird to be losing feathers and being skinny, sorry. He suggests you Find an Avian Vet to examine your bird and also discontinue the vitamins in the water. This could actually be causing health problems.

Your birds should be eating 80% Harrison's or Roudybush pellets and NO added vitamins. Adding vitamins can cause liver and kidney damage.

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