plucking or normal (new owner)

by timmy

So I'm very curious yet nervous. I'm constantly reading and asking questions as not to miss things. I've been trying for weeks to find picture of the body under his wings. I've been watching him n making sure he's not pulling feathers. The under parts of his wings on his body don't seem to have many feathers but patches of white puffy fur like patches. There so light n fluffy I see them floating around the house. Is it a plucking problem or is that a normal look for under his wings. I've done everything to see what other birds look like under there. Am I being paranoid? Is anyone able to post a pic for me?

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Jan 28, 2013
by: Anonymous

All birds groom themselves and pull out those white, downy feathers from under the wings you are describing. Once in a while they will pull out a regular feather that has the quill on it but that's okay too. Don't think normal preening (which all birds do) means that something is wrong with your bird. If you haven't been able to give your bird a bath, try misting it with warm water from a clean spray bottle. I put my bird on top of the cage and spray the water into the air over the top of her, not directly at her. You have to remember that pet birds (even though they're born here) come from tropical climates that have a lot of moisture in the air so it's good to spray them once in a while.

Jan 28, 2013
plucking or normal (new owner)
by: Linda

All birds have thinner feather covering under the wings. If you see bald spots, then the bird is plucking. They can pluck themselves under the wings, on their chests and down around the legs. Anytime you see bald spots it means either bird is plucking or something else is wrong.

We recommend all new birds be taken to an Avian Vet ONLY during the first few days we have them. Lots of birds come from breeders and out of pet stores sick with some kind of infection from all the different birds being put together. Bacterial and viral infections are highly contageous and when a lot of birds from different places are put together a lot of them are going to get sick.

So if you have not taken your bird for an exam to check for infections or other physical issues, do so now. No training or dietary changes can be done until bird has been either cleared by an Avian Vet or diagnosed and treated for something.

A healthy diet of organic pellets is also highly recommended. All seed diets are slow starvation for birds because they do not have complex proetins, vitamins and minerals birds need to thrive and be strong. There are several types here, and Harrisons is the most recommended and is endorsed by avian vets. It takes time to make the change, and below is article giving instruction on how to go about the change safely.

Switching Birds To Pellets article

Thanks for writing and for wanting to take good care of your bird! Continue reading and studying because learning about birds is a lifelong work in progress.


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