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Old 07-22-2015, 04:17 PM
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Re: Plucking: A Search For Answers

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The feathers in this pic were plucked by an eight month old cockatiel. In her case she plucked the feathers after a terrible clipping given to her by a pet store owner. She pulled out all the feathers several times after they were fully grown in. You can see the feathers were mature but at the base of the shaft, you can still see blood and skin indicating the feathers didn't molt out naturally. These feathers also show signs of a bad diet. She had no perches in her tiny cage in the pet store so the feathers are ragged due to constantly rubbing against the bars of the cage. In this bird's case after the clipped feathers came in satisfactorily her plucking stopped automatically. She only plucked the feathers damaged by the clip. Feathers tell a story.



All the feathers in this photo were molted out naturally, you can tell by the normal wear and tear and by the clean shaft completely in tact.

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Re: Plucking: A Search For Answers

Great examples, Allee!
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Old 07-22-2015, 05:08 PM
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Re: Plucking: A Search For Answers

Harry volunteered her plucking progression photos.

Happy healthy Harry after months of not plucking.





For Harry, her plucking always starts with her legs.



Then her breast.



Then her back.



Thank you, Harry!

Harry hasn't plucked in more than two weeks now and she's showing some new feather growth.
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Re: Plucking: A Search For Answers

So here's a feather Duke lost today. He's going through his first molt and there's been a bunch of these little feathers all over the place.
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Old 07-22-2015, 08:08 PM
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Re: Plucking: A Search For Answers

Parrots lose lots of feathers during a heavy molt, it's not necessarily a cause for concern. The feather in the photo actually looks like it was bitten off, but a single bitten feather is also no reason for concern. During a molt a bird's skin can become itchy and irritated, pinfeathers can't be comfortable, occasionally a parrot will get a bit overzealous removing the offending feathers.

Is that what you were asking?
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Re: Plucking: A Search For Answers

Nope just stating that this fell off of him. This was while I was holding Duke.
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Re: Plucking: A Search For Answers

Allee, I agree that this particular feather looks like it was nibbled on.


Duke may have nibbled on it because it was itching him, but it didn't fall off straight away, but did so when you were holding him.

Another example of what chewed/picked feather look like can be found in this thread:
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Re: Plucking: A Search For Answers

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Allee, I agree that this particular feather looks like it was nibbled on.


Duke may have nibbled on it because it was itching him, but it didn't fall off straight away, but did so when you were holding him.

Another example of what chewed/picked feather look like can be found in this thread:
Chewing feathers like gum?

Just an update you had me wondering as to if he was over preening and nibbling or not so I took a trip to the vet and she said that it was all normal molting.
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Re: Plucking: A Search For Answers

That's good to hear, jiannoto. I'm glad Duke's vet sees no cause for concern.
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Re: Plucking: A Search For Answers

I took some photos of fallen out (molted) feathers this morning from Ripley, Niko, and Sam.







Niko obviously overpreened one of them before it came out.





But no worries, I won't be rushing him to the vet any time soon, because this guy rarely has a single feather out of place.

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