Rosella is losing his breast feathers

by Lew

My male rosella has been losing his breast feathers. They seem to be going white first then falling out. Other than that, he seems perfectly happy and healthy, eating well, etc.
He and his mate have lived in a converted horsebox for a couple of years, have plenty of space to fly around in, plenty of fresh air and lots of toys to keep them from becoming bored.
Thank you in advance.

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Dec 29, 2013
by: Anonymous

We got a rosella, we have him 3 months now but still very aggressive and now is losing his feather. Some times he's very sweet and then goes back to being very aggressive

May 04, 2011
by: Anonymous

Abnormal feathers can be caused by incorrect dieting, lack of sunlight & lead to bacterial, viral, fungal or parasitic problems.

You should see an avian vet.

May 04, 2011
Bird losing feathers
by: The Avian Vet

This could be a nutritional problem, especially if your bird does not eat pellets. You should be feeding Harrison's or Roudybush. It may also be that they are not getting enough sun light. It may also be self inflicted. I know of other Rosellas that pluck. You should have him seen by an avian veterinarian.

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Dr B

May 04, 2011
Rosella is losing his breast feathers
by: Linda

It can be very possible that bird is pulling out its own feathers or the mate is doing it. I'd take both birds into an Avian Vet in your driving area for a checkup to make sure this is not physically based. Diet has everything to do with healthy skin and feathers, and we recommend organic pellets like Harrison's which is avian vet endorsed.

Here is a link about how to go about changing birds from either seeds or an inferior pellet like Zupreem:

Switching Birds to Pellets article

Here is another link about feather plucking just in case that's what's happening:

I adore the Rosella's because their colors are so beautiful as to appear ethereal. In fact, all Cockies look kind of like Angels or Faeries to me. I've worked with many, and they are absolute loves as long as they are getting enough attention and wholesome food. Thanks much for writing and keep us posted. Post a picture of them when you can as we'd love to see them!


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