indian ringneck pulling feathers

by julie turner
(birmingham, england)

why does my bird keep cleaning hiself and pulling out his feathers

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Sep 11, 2009
Pulling Feathers
by: Linda

Hi and thanks for writing. Birds preen their feathers all the time, and sometimes old feathers will just fall when they do. If a lot of feathers are coming out, and you are seeing your bird actually pull them out of skin, your bird needs to see an Avian Vet in your area to check him out to make sure there are no infections or parasites in and on your bird. There are resources on this site as well as on the internet about feather plucking. It usually indicates either illness, boredom or poor diet where skin itches and is dry.

Birds should be taken into an Avian Vet at least once a year for a general checkup much like children. As birds age, this becomes critical as problems can be found and treated before they become serious.

Also food has a lot to do with feather condition, and your bird should be eating a high quality organic pellet like Harrison's carries. They also make a very tasty Birdy Bread Mix also out here. Be sure and buy the Sunshine Factor Organic Red Palm Oil to put in mix and use egg whites only in it. The only other thing to add is water, so it is quick and freezes very well. The bread will help in changing bird over from seeds to pellets.

Birds also need to see Avian Vets for beak and toenail clipping every few months or when either gets too pointy and long. Points on beaks are dangerous in case bird flys into something. A point on end of the beak is easy to break off and bird can bleed to death. Long toenails are dangerous as they can get caught inbetween items in cage or outside of it. Please keep your parrot's beak and nails groomed properly. We take ours in about every 4-5 months so vet can clip their beaks and nails.


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