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Old 06-04-2012, 05:34 PM
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Ragged Feathers

What would cause a parrot to have ragged looking feathers? Not just tail feathers, but all over?

Like this:

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Only less severe? The feathers look ragged, but not plucked. No bald patches.
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Old 06-04-2012, 05:44 PM
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Re: Ragged Feathers

Cage abrasion.
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Old 06-04-2012, 05:46 PM
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Re: Ragged Feathers

As in, the cage is too small so the bird is rubbing up against the sides too often when playing?
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Old 06-04-2012, 06:06 PM
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Re: Ragged Feathers

Yes, and maybe too much rambunctious bird for a cage. Greybeard puts himself to bed in the open nightcage, and gets out by himself in the morning. We were dutifully locking Chewbaca in another cage, so we could cover her. Then one day not too long ago I noticed her tail feathers were a ragged mess, so now we leave her loose with Greybeard in the spare bathroom. She has gradually migrated to the open cage with Greybeard, where they now sleep wing to wing, and I cover them after they settle down.

Her tail feathers are slowly coming back...

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Old 06-04-2012, 06:08 PM
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Re: Ragged Feathers

The cockatoo in the pic has been chewing and barbering his feathers. Cage abrasion would not be that extreme in my experience.
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Old 06-04-2012, 06:11 PM
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Re: Ragged Feathers

Quote: Originally Posted by greycloud View Post
The cockatoo in the pic has been chewing and barbering his feathers. Cage abrasion would not be that extreme in my experience.
Agree! This bird has been "barbering" it's feathers.
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Re: Ragged Feathers

It's called overpreening and once your bird has started doing it, it's almost impossible to get them to stop. They have several aloe based sprays on the market to help combat the problem. But the couple that I have tried isn't worth the money they charge for them.
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Re: Ragged Feathers

What age is the bird in question ? I have several "teenage" zons who are pretty rough and tumble. They roll around and tussle with each other and their toys. Tail feathers seem to take the worst of it but still they look kind of rough. Nothing like stately mature birds.
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Re: Ragged Feathers

The bird is an 8 year old Goffin's Cockatoo.
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Re: Ragged Feathers

Sometimes all it takes is a change in surroundings and a great diet and there is improvement. A vet check is recommended.
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