Female Eclectus feathers missing

by Dee
(Cape Town South Africa)

Phoenix neck feathers

Phoenix neck feathers

Hi guys, question: female eclectus appears to be developing a "ring" around her neck at the exact point where the bright red of her head goes into mauve along her back. it almost looks like shes lost feathers? Got any suggestions? the only thing i have is that she started this when i was away from home for 7 weeks but seeing as she hates my guts and only likes my husband, i'm not sure that would have anything to do with it?

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Dec 13, 2008
Eclectus ring of feathers missing
by: The Vet

From this picture I can tell that there are significant feather problems. There are stress bars, discoloration, and protein deficiency in the feathers.

The ring around the neck is likely due to plucking and other feather damaging behaviors. Although plucking and FDB are very common in eclectus, there are as many reasons that they do it as there are number of birds doing it.

I would recommend seeing an avian specialist and begin with a complete work up ? blood sample, physical exam, cultures, and maybe x-rays. Consider skin biopsies at some point if the problem is not resolved.

Next I would examine the environment for potential contributing factors ? placement of the cage in an uncomfortable insecure area, tobacco smoke in the home, ..... Make sure the cage size is adequate ? minimum of 2x3. There should be the right perches, a variety.

There should be a full spectrum light, like ZooMed, on your bird to provide proper UV light. Next, since this is often nutritionally related, you need to feed your bird a good pellet diet as 80% of the diet. The best is Harrison's. You need to bathe your bird daily with water on one day and Avi-x Bird Rain on the next and continue to alternate.

If the air in your home is dry, then you may want to consider a humidifier. One of the most important things you can do is to provide foraging opportunities to your bird. There are many toys and feeders available and a Captive Foraging DVD that is out to teach you how to do this or your bird.

First, go see an avian veterinarian and get a diagnosis, but in the meantime, improve the diet, get a UV light, bathe regularly, and introduce foraging. Please let me know how you progress.

Dr B

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