Losing LoveBird Feathers around neck sin can see neck skin

My lovebird is losing feather around it's neck, and it's cold outside. Is this normal,or should I be concerned? She is not a baby, and is a Peach-Faced Lovebird.

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Nov 07, 2009
Losing LoveBird Feathers
by: Linda

Well, I'll answer your question with a question. Do you see any new feather shafts coming in the neck area. They will look like little whitish pins when they are breaking through the skin and will then get longer. It's kind of late to be molting, but maybe she's behind a little.

Watch for a while and see if any pin feathers are coming in. If not, is she in cage with another lovebird? If so, they could be pulling her feathers out. If you find this to be the case, you'll need to get another cage and put the plucker in it for the long haul.

I have a pair of Amazons, and we had to buy a cage with a divider in the middle because his mate was plucking out his neck feathers. He has bare spots now because once they are pulled out so many times, they don't grow back.

Your bird could also be either ill or becoming ill, so you may wish to cover a travel cage up really warmly and take her to Avian vet in your area. Be sure to warm up car first and put a cover on carrying cage that covers it all to get it to the car and out at the vet's. Once in warm car, you can lift up the front so bird can see out and recover it when getting her out of car and back into car from vet's.

Let us know if you see any new pin feathers when you have time or what bird's living situation is there.

Linda

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