Rainbow Lorikeet losing feathers

by DC

I have a Rainbow Lorikeet in an aviary who is losing feathers around his neck and chest area. He is in an aviary with 7 other birds who are not losing feathers. I have tried treating for mites and also sprayed him to stop pulling his feathers, this has been happening for about 5 months.

I have tried separating him and treating him for a few weeks, however there did not seem to be an improvement or sign of feathers regrowing, now that the weather is cooling, he appears a bit more fluffed up and shivering - what would be your recommendations/suggestions please ? - we do not have any bird vets anywhere near where we live.

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Jun 01, 2016
Feathers around chest
by: Anonymous

They do this to try to nest
When in an aviary no nesting materials are available so they pull feathers out

Dec 31, 2015
feathers not pulled out....
by: Anonymous

Hmmm... much advice but nothing in the way of a real diagnosis.
I doubt other birds are pulling its feathers out...
I have one male with a similar problem & its female mate is definitely not pulling them out & he can't reach some areas they are missing from.
I feel it is some avian viral affliction thought its mate is unaffected.

Nov 20, 2015
lori loosing feathers
by: Anonymous

My Lori has lost feathers around neck and chest it seems to happen when she wants to mate.

Mar 18, 2013
Rainbow Lorikeet Feather Loss
by: Alex

If the bird is losing feathers on the bak of its neck, the bird is not plucking the itself as they are out of reach.

DO NOT use mite sprays unless told to do so by an AVIAN vet as unprescribe dmedications and treatment can do more harm and can even make your bird ill or kill it. This includes those sold at pet stores.

Part of the responsibility of having a pet is to make sure that there is a vet who can treat your animal in the event or illness or injury.

Cat and og owners are luky as there are many to choose from in most parts of the world and us avian owners and those of exotics have a harder time.

Please try to find one otherwise as Linda said the only other option is to sadly put it out of its misery as it will slowly die.

Euthanasia should be a last resort, so please find the nearest one within driving distance.

We really do care about you and your feathered friends.

Good luck

Mar 17, 2013
Rainbow Lorikeet losing feathers
by: Linda

Your bird is sick now and has been for a long time. He most likely does not have mites. The other birds are probably the ones who began the plucking around the neck since he cannot reach it. In wild bird flocks, a sick or injured bird is driven away or is killed. The sick and injured bring predators, so they have to be dealt with. Pet birds are nothing more than friendly wild exotic animals and will fall back on their genetic wild behaviors when under any kind of stress. In the case of caged birds, the flock cannot drive them away, so they will end up killing him before all is done. The other problem is you need to keep him separated from the others which means bringing him into the house far away from the others. Infections are highly contageous, and the others could already be infected.

If they are not, then you have lucked out this time. Your sick bird will have to be seen by an Avian Vet, and if it means driving a ways, then that's what you'll have to do. Your other alternative is to have the sick bird put to sleep because he is suffering and without avian vet assistance will die. His death can take a while, so if you cannot take him to an avian vet, then do the humane thing and get him out of his misery by going to a vet and having them release him from his sick body.

That may sound drastic, and I said that because when we have birds, we also have to have an avian vet within driving distance. No other vet can treat birds because they do not know how and are not licensed or trained to do so. All they do is make birds sicker up to and including death.

You cannot use over the counter meds either because until bird is diagnosed he cannot be treated.

I'm sorry for your situation, and I must warn you that the other birds may also become sick from being near this one. Try and find out how far it would be to an avian vet because your bird is very sick and will not get better without help from an avian vet who knows how to test for infections and the correct kind and dosages of meds to give. If I sound cold to you, understand that I'm not cold, just frustrated with so many people not having avian vets about before getting birds. It is the birds who suffer under these circumstances, so I speak for them the best as I can. This was not meaant as s personal attack. I'm here for the birds and the people who love them, so sometimes being blunt and to the point is the only way to speak to these problems. Linda

Mar 17, 2013
Lorikeet losing feathers
by: Tracie

You need to find the closes avian vet to take your bird to. You honestly can not treat something without knowing what you are treating. If the bird has an infection or disease, you will need a prescription from an avian vet to help. And the prescription is written according to what it wrong.

Please use this Find an Avian Vet link to find an avian vet for your bird so it can be examined to determine what is wrong and what the potential treatment might be.

No matter what, don't use mite sprays unless prescribed by an avian vet, the over-the-counter sprays have been known to make birds sick and even die.

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