Parrot losing feathers

by Zeenat Salim
(Islamabad, Pakistan)

I have a common Indian parrot, it is one year old, but the small fine soft white feathers, /( I think they are called down) seem very untidy and ruffled, he seems to be loosing these small feathers on his legs and around the neck, please help me. is it vitamin deficiency? what can i do to cure it

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Aug 08, 2010
its seasonal phenomenon
by: Anonymous

shedding the light feathers occurs two times in a year in parrots . its a seasonal thing and it remains active for at least 03 months every year twicely.but u feed u r beloved bird seeds, fruits, branches of some trees. i m a vet from pakistan. you can go to poultry research institute murree road rawalpindi for tests of your bird and further advice. great cute vets are there.

Jul 08, 2009
Find a vet in your country
by: Tracie

I am at a loss as to what you can feed your bird because I am not familiar with your country. Please look at these websites and find a vet for your bird.



Jul 08, 2009
bird oosing feathers
by: zeenat. Islamabad. Pakistan

Thankyou all for the help in guiding me, I have not been able to get to any avian vet as there are none here, but am bathing my parrot with slightly warm water and thinkind of spraying diluted DETTOL a disinfectant. he has lost most feathers on his chest. also guide me what to feed him other than pellets as we do not get them here. I am feeding him seeds, fruit bread etc. he loves something sweet sometimes. it is very hot here 45 degrees C. so plenty of water and melons,grapes etc.
thanks look forward to any suggestions.

Jul 04, 2009
parrot losing feathers
by: Anonymous

Thankyou for the help and comments I have recieved.My parrot is an Indian Ring necked one, it is only a year old. All that I can say is that there is a vet around where I am not sure if he can help. My pet whose name is 2pac,(my younger son named him after a singer), well he is basically losing feathers on his stomach and legs, but eats well, talks and is quite chirpy and alert, responds to my calls and commands. is there any home remedy. I eats seeds,fruits,berries,bread and veggies. has plenty of fresh water. I clean out and wash the cage twice a day. He is in with another parrot an Alexdrine who is very friendly and gentle, they get along very well. I do take them out for a stroll in the garden in the mornings and inside the home they are left open on their perch. is there any home remedy hat I can do. would appreciate all the help I can get. I have raised this baby from when he was 4 weeks old.

Jun 03, 2009
Feather Loss
by: Linda

Your bird needs to go to an Avian vet to have some tests run to check for infection. He could also use some bloodwork like to see how organs look. Feather loss on the legs usually indicates that a bird is plucking his feathers. Around the neck sometimes indicates that he is being plucked if he is caged with another bird. If he is NOT caged with another bird, you should take him to a qualified avian vet for a checkup soon as you can.

Many things could be at work here, and one thing that you mentioned is a vitamin deficiency. If he is eating an all seed diet, he is deficient in more than just vitamins. He'll also be deficient in proteins and minerals he needs to produce healthy bones and feathers. Harrison's pellets are wonderful, organic pellets that I've been feeding my parrots for many years. We also feed their relatively new birdy bread mixes which come in 3 varieties. Traci carries both out here. If your bird eats only seeds, he will need to be gradually changed over to the pellets as most seed eaters resist them at first. Birds want what they want, not necessarily what is good for them.

Switching Birds to Pellets article.

I'd go ahead and take him to an avian vet to see if there are any infections or parasites and have a little blood work done to see how his liver and kidneys are doing. Birds should go in at least once a year for a checkup as they won't let you see signs of disease until it has advanced. In the wild, sick birds are either killed or driven from the flock as they bring predators by the way they smell. In captivity, they are still wild birds, so they keep illness to themselves until they are so sick anyone can see it.

Hope this helps, and let us know how he does and what vet says as your comments can help others dealing with similar problems.

Jun 03, 2009
Parrot losing feathers
by: Tracie

Hello, It is so difficult to help you because we can not see the bird in person and such. I know that Dr B and other avian vets always say NOT to put vitamins in their water, but feed them properly with healthy pellets.

I killed my first bird by putting vitamins in it's water. I didn't know any better back then.

Since you live in Pakistan, I do not know if you can even get healthy pellets for your bird. If there is any way you can get your bird to an avian vet, that is the best solution.

I hope you can get help.

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