Is Your Parrot Losing Feathers?

If your parrot is losing feathers, you should be concerned. Losing feathers could be a sign of behavior problems or a serious medical illness. Try to determine the reason your parrot is losing his or her feathers. Molting is generally normal for a parrot. As long as you see new feathers growing and there are no bald spots on your bird, there is usually no reason to worry. Your parrot may pick out some feathers; this could be normal preening which is fine as long as your bird is generally in good health.

cockatoo feather plucking Is Your Parrot Losing Feathers?

 

Feather-plucking may indicate the bird feels ignored, sad, and bored. On the other hand, feather-plucking may be due to a feather disease, an itchy skin disease or another physical problem.

One of the main reasons a bird begins to pluck their feathers is malnutrition. Many birds, especially parrots, are fed a diet consisting of mainly seeds. This diet lacks many of the essential nutrients such as vitamins that birds need to stay healthy. The bird’s skin eventually becomes dry, flaky, and irritated. The birds then try to relieve the itching by grooming their feathers, but this often leads to over-grooming and eventually feather plucking. They should be on fed a proper diet for parrots.

 

golden parakeet has feather plucking on left chest Is Your Parrot Losing Feathers?

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To You and Your Pets Health,

Alice

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11 Responses
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  3. Jessica W. says:

    I really enjoyed this post. I will definitely check back later for more informative posts from you. Thanks!

  4. Akshay says:

    My parrot is a green colored parrot and he is losing some feathers of his chest. I read about all possible reasons but still can it be due to diet coz he tries to eat a lot of things but hardly drinks water.

  5. Alice says:

    It could mean they are unhappy and possibly stressed over something. Has anything changed in your house? He could also be molting, losing and replacing feathers is natural for parrots. Of course another reasons could be his diet if a bird begins to pluck their feathers it could be malnutrition. You may want to take him to the vet if you can’t figure out what is cause his problem.

  6. Akshay says:

    Hey 1 more thing he has got a problem.My Parrot is unable to see with his right eye. When i saw it first using a torch it seemed to be some sort of skin on retina. Can it be retina Pigmentation? If we see his past he falled down from his nest and before crows would finished him i saved him. So can it be due to scratch of 1 crow,coz earlier it became red then gradually it became what i mentioned before. What can i do for this ? Can it be Cured?

  7. Alice says:

    I really don’t know what to tell you about your parrot. I think your best bet would be to see a Vet the specializes in parrots.

  8. missy says:

    i have a macaw parrot and he is losing his feathers , i can not figure out what is wrong with him

  9. Alice says:

    Hi Missy,
    Molting is generally normal for a parrot. As long as you see new feathers growing and there are no bald spots on your bird, there is usually no reason to worry.Feather-plucking may indicate the bird feels ignored, sad, and bored. One of the main reasons a bird begins to pluck their feathers is malnutrition.

    You should check things out with your vet to make sure everything is okay.

    To Your Pets Health,

    Alice

  10. BEnny says:

    MY ambonian king parrot appears to be loosing a few feathers. I dont ever see him plucking them and nothing has changed. He is appears very happy and talks all the time. No bald spots but for some reason he can fly any more. We rarely ever clip his wings and we haven’t done so in at least 6-8 months. I think he can’t fly cause of the feather loss. But its been about 6 months and it doesn’t seem like his feathers have grown back. Any help would be appreciated.

  11. Alice says:

    Molting is generally normal for a parrot. As long as you see new feathers growing and there are no bald spots on your bird, there is usually no reason to worry. Your parrot may pick out some feathers; this could be normal preening which is fine as long as your bird is generally in good health. One of the main reasons a bird begins to pluck their feathers is malnutrition. You might want to take a trip to your vets to check things out.

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