mockingbird with no feathers on neck

how can we get our mockingbird to grow feathers on his neck? raised him from a baby and would like to release him healthy.

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Oct 08, 2011
mockingbird with no feathers on neck
by: Linda

As Tracie said, you'll need to find an Avian Vet for the bird to make sure it is not diseased. Most young birds are born with various inside/outside parasites, and it sounds like this is the case here. You cannot treat anything yourself because you don't nor do we know what is wrong. Only an Avian Vet can do this diagnosis and prescribe proper meds.

Also, and please read this very carefully. You will not be able to release this bird as it will die.

Mother's of wild softbills push them out of the nest before they can fly to begin teaching them how to find food. She also feeds and protects them from predators while doing this training. All wild birds do this. It is illegal to take one of these birds and raise it in captivity unless the bird was wounded or injured in some other way. This is normal for the mother birds to push their babies uut onto the ground so they can train them to find food.

Your bird does not know how to feed himself and will die if released. I recommend you take him to the Avian Vet and find out what is wrong with him, treat it and then find a nice, large cage with safe natural branches for perches the correct diameter size for his feet. He will not be able to make it wild unless you have been taking him out and showing him how to find seeds, bugs, worms and all the other food to be found outside.

This about the mother birds pushing babies out of nest is true for all the softbills, Mockingbirds, Blue Jays, Finches, Robins, Cardinals and all of them do the same thing. Our job is to not interfere in how nature has things set up. In this case, you have this bird for life, so get him diagnosed, treated and into a large enough flight cage where he can get plenty of exercise. Hopefully you have other birds in other cages to keep him company as his life will be very lonely otherwise.


Oct 07, 2011
bird missing feathers
by: Tracie

Dr B can not tell you without examining the bird. It is possible this bird has a disease, so it is best for you to Find an Avian Vet for the bird to examine the bird in person.

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