Naked Guy !!!

FeatherznFinz

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I came home to find him naked !!! Anyone know why ?
New to lovebirds. Could this be a hard molt ? Stress ? Picking ? He was caged with 4 peachface, one of which he is bonded with. (The previous owner allowed this, I just got them a week ago, I am getting him a masked female). There are no obvious attacking injury, no prior signs of aggression, and all in a large cage.

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Oh that poor little man! That must’ve been a shock to come home to!

I don’t know what it is other than definitely not a moult. Either he’s done this or to himself or a cagemate may have “helped” him.

It would probably pay you to separate him from the others for a bit so you can see if he’s doing it to himself or not. The stress of rehoming may have influenced their behaviour so they’re not sharing the cage as happily as they once did.

Hopefully you’ll get some more input from some lovebird lovers soon with some more specific ideas!
 

noodles123

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I would say either he did it to himself or another bird did it to him--not a moult at all.
It is likely due to extreme stress, but stress can also cause medical issues to flare, so it is hard to know..
You probably should separate him for now...even though that may cause even more stress :0

He is likely upset by the transition but there could be other stuff happening on top of that.
They get super attached to specific places, people, birds etc-- the key-word being SPECIFIC. So, companionship may come in time, but he probably is pretty upset about his losses.
 
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I too feel like he did this to himself. And I have separated him. It started as a ring around his neck, just under the reach of his beak, which is another reason Im almost sure he did it, and it was like that for several days til today his entire body is bare except his head and wings.
 

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I too feel like he did this to himself. And I have separated him. It started as a ring around his neck, just under the reach of his beak, which is another reason Im almost sure he did it, and it was like that for several days til today his entire body is bare except his head and wings.

Yeah- they often do when upset. It's like a person who cuts (seriously). Keep an eye on him though...try to keep things VERY low-stress for him (that doesn't necessarily mean putting him in a quiet room somewhere either lol--while that might be low-stress for us..).
Is he house with the same birds he was with before? Is their cage the same (I mean, before he was moved)? You could try putting the bonded one with him I guess...but that comes with its own risks in terms of sexual behaviors and/or fighting etc..you could move hi, back in, but clearly he is upset.
 
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parrotman29

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Your bird must have been plucking his feathers out, Either way, I Recommend one of those Anti-Feather plucking neck collars for birds or make one yourself(temporarily).

Bird's May pluck feathers out for a number of reasons(ie. Stress, Liver disease, Parasites, Cysts, Allergies, etc.)
You should get your bird a check-up from an avian vet in your area. Find the reason for the plucking and eliminate the reason for the plucking

The bird may be getting stressed from no toys, tiny cage, (The minimum size for a lovebirds cage is 18' x 18' x 18' for a single bird)

Anti feather plucking collar: [ame="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuXJUiHxb_M"]YouTube[/ame]
Reasons for feather plucking: https://www.petmd.com/bird/conditions/skin/c_bd_feather_plucking
[ame="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACjq1ek3r1s"]YouTube[/ame]
 

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The two video's that parrotman29 posted are very appropriate. Birds in the wild spend "a lot" of time feeding and amusing themselves. Caged parrots do not. We have to be sure they are getting proper veggies etc to eat, toys to play with and things to occupy their time and brain with. So training and socializing is a big thing. Their cage placement is also a big deal as what they see and/or hear may be a "stressor". Taking them to an Avian vet to see if there is an illness can be just as important. A wall with critters in it of across from their cage or sight of same can be a stressor. Observe the bird and its' surroundings, change things to eliminate potential problems. Remeber the bird is shut off from the wild and its normal life. jh
 

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