My Bangalese has a bald Butt!

by Erica
(Toronto Ont Canada)

My Bangelese, I have 3 and what doesn't make sense is 2 have bald butts, and 1 doesn't. ??? I have 1 Zebra finch also in the cage (making 4 birds in 1 cage) that for some reason enjoys picking the feathers out of their butts and I have caught her, I take disciplinary action by squirting her bottom as well with room temperature water, not ridiculously so to soak her though, as well as a stern no, don't do that, it's not nice. I usually only use this tactic if she becomes very aggressive.


What makes me wonder though is the two birds that I am talking about came home with me together and then I purchased the other 2 shortly after, they came in the same batch from the pet store. one looks like he's got little blackish reddish dots in the balding area which is pinky color not red, with feather stems growing back, the other one is just pinky and feather stems growing back. I am just thinking that she maybe pinching his bottom, it's very strange, cause she seems to have chosen him as a mate as well, and growls at the other 2 Bangelese. we make sure not to let her get out of hand with the growling, when we hear her do it we give her a stern no, and make sure she gets along with everyone, we keep a very close eye on these 4 but it's difficult to catch every single problem that arises, we did at one time attempt to separate her from the three but she became very depressed, and refused to eat so we returned her home. not quite sure if this will ever stop? they seem healthy enough to me
Thanks
p.s. I hope it's not serious.

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Feb 04, 2011
their fine..
by: Anonymous

as a matter of fact they're fine, they aren't infected, I separated one of the Bangelese and he's with another Zebra finch that's very gentle and he's doing wonderfully, You really honestly think that if I could predict a birds personality before I bought it I would be able to weed out whether they would get along, these birds don't show their true colors at the pet store only after you get em home, and usually that's after the date that you can return them. I am going to probably separate the other bangelese with the bald butt and give him another female bird, and if the Bangelese weren't so difficult to sex It'd probably be easier. Or just get a male Zebra finch, sadly the Zebra's are difficult to get at this time of the year. So I am caught between a rock in a hard place.

Feb 04, 2011
2 birds per cage
by: Tracie

I saw that you put the bird by itself and it got depressed. They are flock birds, so they DO need cage mates. You will have to find another bird it can get along with and put them together in a cage.

As far as 1 bird alive, how about the other two dead from infections? That is the experience a breeder friend of mine had. Accept the one bird plucked 3 other birds and she didn't take them to the vet, you know they weren't worth the expense, so the 3 died and the plucker lived.

Feb 04, 2011
My Bangalese has a bald Butt!
by: Linda

Yes, as Tracie said, the two plucked birds need to be seen by an Avian Vet as these areas can easily become infected.

Remove both Zebra finches from the cage with the others. In smaller cages, you need to keep each pair of finches in their own cages to avoid this type of problem. Also the Zebra finches are bad for plucking each other and any other birds in reach, so always keep them in their own cage even if you have more than one pair, keep each pair in its own cage.

As for your correction methods with these little birds, they do not work. The only thing that will work here is to separate them into cages of one pair to a cage.If you cannot do this, then you must rehome all but one pair and keep only one pair. When babies are weaned, they all need to go into cages one cage per bird pair so as to avoid inbreeding which will cause all manner of birth defects, some seen and some hidden within the organs of the birds. All babies have to be rehomed before they come to breeding age, and these little ones do that quickly.

Linda

Feb 04, 2011
Did you read what I wrote?
by: Anonymous

By the way I mentioned that I isolated her for sometime and she became Depressed and refused to Eat and Drink water.... Whats more healthy a bird that won't eat or drink or a bird that's aggressive with other birds yes but wishes to live?

Feb 03, 2011
Birds getting plucked
by: Tracie

I moved this to Parrot Questions, because this is not something Dr B can do anything about. There is no prescription for making a bird stop plucking another bird.

The answer is always clear in these situations, you have to remove the bird that is doing the plucking, or risk losing the other two to infection. Speaking of the other two, they need to be seen by an avian vet to make sure they don't get an infection or if they have an infection they can get a prescription.

Maybe someone else will have a magic cure for a bird that plucks other birds, but I doubt it, sorry.

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