Parakeet missing feathers around neck

My parakeet is missing feathers around her neck and on her stomach. On her stomach I can see her sking underneath. Her partner just died, could this be a sign of stress?

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Jul 06, 2010
cant afford vet
by: Anonymous

is there anything i can do at home at this time i can't to take to vet

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Jun 01, 2009
by: Linda

Yes, this could be a sign of the stress involved in grieving. You need to get another parakeet for her before she plucks all her feathers out. The FIRST thing to do before buying another bird is to take her to vet and rule out infections and/or parasites. Once she has a clean bill of health, get a partner for her. The new bird will need to go to vet asap to have it checked for any infections or parasites before they are caged together. Do this as soon as is possible because if new bird has any infections/parasites, it will spread them to your other bird.

The feathers around the neck could have been plucked by the other parakeet as they sometimes do this to each other. If you did not notice it until now, she may be getting sick, so get her to vet asap. Losing a mate causes stress which in turn causes the immune system to become compromised. Have her checked out, get her a friend, keep them caged separately until you have new one checked out by a vet.It will also give them time to get to know each other before being put together in same cage.

You need to get her to a vet right away to make sure she has not become ill with whatever her mate died from. Self mutilation can be an emotional response to stress or it can be a sign of parasites/infections in/on her body. If she continues to pull her feathers out, the next step from that is mutilating her own skin under the feathers. I had a Gold Crown Conure who had been overbred, and her mate pulled all the feathers off her back including neck. She then proceeded to pull out the ones on her chest, under her wings and on her stomach and crotch area. Once feathers were gone, she actually started opening her self up and bleeding. Vet put her in a soft rolled cotton collar for a while until wounds healed and feathers started coming back in. Not saying your bird is experiencing the same thing, just another variation of the self-mutilation concept.

Good luck and let us know how she does and send a pix of her and her new friend when you can.

Jun 01, 2009
Parakeet missing feathers
by: Tracie

Yes, it could be that she is plucking due to stress, and it could be a health problem. Dr. B suggests that you take your bird to an avian vet for an examination to determine the cause of the plucking so that she can get proper treatment.

If you do not know what caused the death of the cage mate, then that is all the more reason to take this bird to have some tests run.

I am sorry you lost the other bird.

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