Indian Ringneck parrot losing feathers

by e richmond
(london uk)

i have a indian ring necked parrot and i know it renews its feathers every year but this year he seems to be losing a lot more and looking quite scruffy - he is not bald but just losing feathers and where before he had long tail feathers all these seem to have gone - is this quite normal

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Aug 18, 2015
Indian rickneck
by: Anonymous

My Indian ringneck has been molting, but this time she is losing feathers around her eye's and a few from the head area. She is only 18 month's so this is like her second molting. She never lost feather's from there before. She is just getting better from a infection and gout. The vet cleared her last week. So I don't understand the head area feathers. Can anyone help or ask the vet next visit?

Aug 05, 2014
my green asian parakeet(male) loosing feathers
by: Anonymous

i dont know why but since i started bringing my 6 year old indian ring necked parrot to my room when the Air Conditioner is on he has started loosing a lot of hair on his head and under one eye and he doesn't look as beuatiful as he was before. the other problem is that his feathers on the wings are also turning very very untidy and i am so worried especially becuase it was a gift so if any one can help please please tell me the cure!! :(

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Aug 01, 2014
losing feathers
by: Anonymous

my cute parrot was green baby but once he loss all feathers when he was 6 months now he is 2 and half year but no feathers he is bald plz plz can any one have an idea or treatment plz tell me

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Feb 15, 2014
Ring neck parrot losing heaps of feathers
by: Anonymous

Hi everyone,
Sometimes these birds lose their feathers if they have been exposed to hairspray or other CFCs.( oven cleaner etc) Hairspray although used in another room can travel through the house and can affect the bird in which their feathers fall out constantly. You will have to get prednisone from the vet and inject it into some fruit as its the easiest way to get it into them.

Oct 26, 2013
losing feathers around his
by: Anonymous

My 11yr old male Indian ring neck is losing feathers around his beak and face, he's gone completely bald around this area, he seems in good normal spirits and I haven't changed his diet or environment, please help as I am worried about him, I live in a remote area so no real bird vets around. Thank you.

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May 03, 2013
loosing feather
by: sherry

Hi, i have an idian ringneck that has lost his feathers on his chest and upper wings. he is back to skin. he has been like thnis for about a year i thought he started doing this cause i stopped paying him attention so i make sure everyday i talk to him and i have put more toys in his cage i am worried he wont grow back his feathers can anyone help me??

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Jan 18, 2013
loosing feathers
by: ginger

I have a 3 yr. Old indian ring neck. He just stared looseing feathers around his chest. What can i do for him so it dont get worse?

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Dec 20, 2009
what sexes do I have
by: Anonymous

ive had my ringnecks for 4 weeks and the guy in the shop said their molting an they both look the same when would the boy get its black ring

Aug 06, 2009
Tailess in Miami
by: Anonymous

My IRN is 6 months old and also molting, but this week he has lost all his tail feathers except one. He gets a lot of attention, and spends a lot of time outside his cage. I include pellets in his food and he eats a lot of vegetables and fruits. He loves to eat red and yellow peppers, corn, carrots, lettuce, broccoli. Could any of these vegetable cause feather problems?

Editor's note: You need to post your questions as a new question for people to find it and answer it. I don't believe vegetables would be a problem unless they are not organic. Chemicals on vegetables and fed to vegetables can cause illness and cancer.

Jul 08, 2009
Indian Ringneck feather issue
by: The Vet

Occasionally a molt will make them look a bit more scruffy than previous molts and that is normal. However, there are things that are abnormal that will cause this too. The most common problem is nutritional deficiencies.

Is you bird on a pellet diet? If not, then you need to switch him to pellets. Harrison's
is the best you can feed. Feed 80% pellets and 20% treats and you will have not more nutritional problems. Your bird will look the best he has ever looked.

It may also be that he needs a bath. Weekly baths are a minimum, but during a molt you can bathe him 2-3 times weekly. This will help to keep his feathers healthy and looking good.

Dr B

Jul 07, 2009
Feather Loss
by: Linda

Well, birds molt every six months or so, and sometimes they do become quite scruffy looking.

If your bird has not seen an Avian vet this year, it would be a good idea to make an appointment and take your bird in for a checkup. Vet can then see if bird has any infections that would be making this molt worse than any other.

Also, birds needs tepid/warm water baths during these times, as it helps them clean their bodies, and makes the new feather shafts softer so they come in easier.

First, take him to vet to rule out any infection, then give any meds vet gives you. After bird is well, you can then start the tepid to warm baths either by providing him with a birdy bathtub that usually hangs from cage or use a regular plastic plant sprayer filled with tepid to warm water and give him a shower. Our Amazons love this method of bathing, and throw their wings out so they can be washed under their wings and all over. To start this, if bird is not used to it, point the sprayer nozzel above the bird and let him feel the "warm rain" coming down on him. We give our Amazons showers from outside the cage since they are wild, your bird may like to be on his cage for it, just whatever bird ends of liking the best.

Keep us posted on what vet says and how your bird is doing and thanks for writing!

Linda

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