My Cockatiel Has Bald Spots
by Shelley Holden
(Fair Haven, VT, USA)
I was given a 4 yr.-old male Pied Cockatiel "Frankie" 6 months ago. His previous owner had always let him out of his cage a lot until she had a baby, then she couldn't let him out.She said he started picking his feathers off, probably due to stress so she decided to find him a new home.
I just love my "Frankie" so much. He has a big cage and he can fly around my apt. whenever he wants. (I live alone so no one is going to accidentally let me outside.) He is very happy (and very spoiled). He has a healthy diet but he still has bald spots although I have not seen him pulling his feathers out. He's not in a stressful environment. There are no other pets here and he's given a lot of love & attention. At 1st I thought it was molting, which may have been and some nice new feathers have grown in some places, yet he still has bald spots.
I had heard that once they develop the habit of pulling their feathers, they will continue to. Is there anything I can do? He does not like to bathe although I have misted him with warm water. Thank you so much!!!! Shelley in VT Nov. 24, 2013.