Sulphur crested cockatoo feather loss

by RMac
(Singleton NSW)

My Sulphur crested cockatoo is 37yo, has had an owner before us. When with my Father inlaw he was in a reasonably large cage (not big enough to fly in). He is now in a parrot cage 2mtx1.3mt. He has benn with us for 3 years. He started losing some feathers 1 year ago but they grew back & he was OK. However this year about August he started losing them again & has continued until now. He looks terreble with two cone feathers & very few on his chest, back & wings are not any where near a bad. Has anone got any ideas?? Please.
P.S. I presented a mirrow in front of him the other day & he was not concerned at all.

Thank you RMac

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Jul 24, 2010
Neep Help! and Advice.
by: Anonymous

Please HELP !!!

Hi, i hav used shampoo and soap on my cockatoo (1 year old) on various occasions and now i m seeing sign of feather loss. Actually to be precise my cockatoo is featherless on very top part of the head (the yellow feathers)and also under the beak but rest of the body is finely feathered.Now i am really concerned if they r symptoms of PBFD or simply affects of shampoo ???

Editor's note: You must take your bird to an avian vet. Also, please post your questions as a new question so that others can answer them.

Jan 17, 2010
Sulphur crested cockatoo feather loss
by: Linda

Your bird needs to be seen by an Avian Vet in your driving area as quickly as you can get an appointment. When our birds get as old as yours, they can have problems internally that need to be looked into. He needs bloodwork to see how his organis are functioning.

He also needs to be on a healthful diet of organic pellets and NOT seeds. If you are feeding him an all seed diet even with the addition of some fruit and/or veggies, his diet is severely lacking in nutrients which are the basis of good skin and feather condition. A too fatty diet like seeds can also cause fatty liver disease, heart disease and kidney problems so do not delay a trip to the Avian Vet.

Also, your cage is far too small for him, as he needs at least a 4 foot square cage or one of the cages built for Cockatoos. Toos in too small cages gradually lose their minds from being too tightly caged. Depending on what species he is, will determine actual size of cage he needs. The Lesser Sulphur Crests can do well in an Amazon size cage and no smaller. This also means that they can get out of cage a lot so they can spread their wings and flap. He needs to be able to do this in his cage as well. The wing flapping is a large part of a parrot's exercise routine, so please see if you can find a larger cage for him. If he is one of the larger Sulphur Crests, then his cage needs to be at least 4 foot all around. A larger Too cage will be necessary for him to feel comfortable. Perches need to be large as well to accommodate the larger Toos big feet. No less than 3 inches up to 4 if using branch perches which keep the feet and legs in good condition. A smaller Too can use the 1 1/2 to 2 inch size of branches like the Amazons.

Tracie carries several types of the organic pelleted diets out here, and if he is eating only seeds, you must change him over. It takes some time, and I'm putting in a link for an article written by an Avian Vet about how to gradually change birds over to pellets. Don't go with the cheaper pellets because they contain preservatives, dyes and possibly pesticied residues. Birds have to be fed and housed properly to stay in good health.

Let us know what the Avian Vet has to say about his condition. You can buy a used cage if it is in good condition. Do not buy the light colored cages like white and brass colored because the powder coat paint they use is high in Zinc which is just a toxic to birds as is lead.

Here is link about pellets:

Switching Birds to Pellets article.


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