Quaker Parrot losing head feathers

by Liz Jones
(UK)

My quaker is about 4 months old and has lost so many of her head feathers and I am very worried. She eats fantastically and the rest of her feathers are perfect. could this just be molting or should I get a vet to check her over?

Thanks
Liz

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Mar 03, 2011
RE: Bird losing head feathers
by: Anonymous

Actually, Quaker parrots generally begin molting between 4 and 6 months of age. You say she's 4 months?

If she is molting, she will have pin feathers beginning to appear in the area where the feather loss is occuring. Pin feathers are very easy to identify, as their name is very appropriate. They look much like pins protruding from your parrot's body. These are totally normal, and are just how your bird grows new feathers. Eventually, the casing around the new feathers will flake off, and the bird will begin to look much less scruffy.

If there are no pin feathers however, I would get your baby to the vets as soon as you can.

Dec 21, 2009
Quaker Parrot losing head feathers
by: Linda

Liz, unless she is in cage with another bird who is pulling her feathers out, then this is not normal. If she IS in cage with another bird, then you'll need to separate them.

I'd strongly suggest you make an appointment with an Avian Vet and take her in for a checkup to see if she has an infection or a parasite of some kind.

Thanks for writing,
Linda

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