help - bird losing tail feathers

my parrot is losing all of his tail feathers

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Aug 05, 2011
help - bird losing tail feathers
by: Linda

Normal molts take place twice a year during changing of seasons and birds never lose all their feathers at once. Molting is a gradual process over a period of time.

Losing all the tail feathers can be a reaction to fear or bird is under a lot of stress. Many things can cause stress. Living in too noisy or busy of a household, not getting enough rest. Birds need about 12 hours of quiet and darkness each day and should be put to bed around 9pm every night. Other stressors are too small cages which make them feel crushed all the time. Cats or dogs that sit and stare at them will be a stressor as will the same trying to get at them when out of cage. Cats who have ever hunted are a serious threat to caged birds. Dogs can also be a threat. Small children are not understood by parrots unless they've been around them a lot, and will cause stressed bird. Diet is important too. All seed diets are slow starvation and cause all manner of physical problems.

Take your bird to be examined by an Avian Vet and make sure there are no physical issues causing this before changing food or anything else as birds do not like their cages being moved too much and take time to adjust to new diets as well.

Thanks for writing,
Linda
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