My albino ringneck dove is acting weird, and has become.. puffy.
(Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada)
My name's Kirsten, and I've had an albino ringneck dove for just over two years (he's male, his name's Casper). Lately, Casper has been acting very strange, and I'm concerned that he might be ill or upset.
I know that birds fan and fluff their feathers sometimes when they're feeling hot, or if they're wet sometimes they make themselves puffy to fluff up and dry out their feathers (he likes to do that after a nice cool bath). For the last two weeks, Casper has been fluffy non-stop. This is unusual because we just moved into my mother's basement, and it's FREEZING down here.
I do everything I can to make sure Casper doesn't get sick because of the cold environment, so don't think I'm neglecting him keeping him in an icebox or anything like that. Casper is very well cared for. He has a little basket inside his cage that he sleeps in full of wood shavings and bedding straw from the pet store, and he's always fed and watered. He has so many toys and shiny objects to keep him amused it's difficult to see him in his cage half the time. And his refrigerator-sized cage is next to a window where I've placed a bird feeder so that he can socialize with the wild sparrows outside.
Casper's feathers aren't the only strange thing, his stool has changed too. It's gone from a stiffer, pale green and white to a liquidy more runny bright green with un-digested matter in it. He also hasn't been making as much noise, and normally, he won't shut up.
What's wrong with my baby?