Plucking her own feathers.

by Jonathan

About a week ago my ''Ringneck'' started plucking out her feathers on her chest and wings.Im not sure what the problem can be,and if there is one at all? she shares a cage with my other ringneck, who seems fine though.thay started fighting aswell so i moved her to her own cage.

Please let me know if this is normal or if there is something i can do to help.

Thankyou kind regards

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Dec 13, 2010
Plucking her own feathers.
by: Linda

The article Tracie gave you is very important to read and understand. It is also important to take your bird to an Avian Vet in your driving area to rule out all thngs physical like bacterial/viral infections, parasites and have some basic bloodwork done to see how organs are functioning. If the feather is because of some kind of infection or imbalance, then this needs to be taken care of as birds do not just get well without being diagnosed and/or treated by Avian Vets.

The other issue here is are you giving them a good, high quality diet of organic pellets? Harrisons is the best and Avian Vet endorsed, and the food can be found here. The change from the poor nutrition all seed diet to the organic pelleted diet takes time, and here is a link about how to go about it. Follow instructions closely, and do the change with both your birds. A high quality diet means a high functioning immune system which means fewer infections and less money spent at the Avian Vet's which will save you much money over a short period of time.

Switching Birds to Pellets article.

Thanks for writing,

Dec 13, 2010
Plucking feathers is never normal
by: Tracie

It is never normal for a bird to pluck feathers. Your bird needs to be seen in person by an avian vet. Please read the article at the link below for more information.

Feather Damaging Behavior article

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