Quaker 6 months old white feather?


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Oct 5, 2019
Hi everyone,

I am a new quaker owner and have just recently noticed my quaker is growing some random white feathers around his body and when i touch them they are not as soft as the rest of his body.

Does anyone know what this is?? Please help, i am worried.:greenyellow:

I have attached some picture for yall to see.


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Jan 2, 2018
Isolated Holler in the Appalachian Wilderness
B&G Macaw, Galah, 5 cockatiels, 50 billion and a half budgies. We breed and do rescue. Too many to list each individual's name and age etc, but they are each individuals and loved dearly.
Not easy to see in the photo... are they almost like little pins? That is how new feathers grow if so. Nothing to worry about. :) Your buddy will have a case of grumpy and of itchy face most likely.

Edit to add: welcome to the forum!!

Psst: at 6 months your quaker is probably going thru a molt. Similar to a dog or cat shedding, they will peruodically lose old damaged feathers and grow new ones to repplace them. They have a blood supply and are covered with a plasticy flacky covering and grow in like little pins. New featgers are very sensitive and take a lot of protein to grow. Many birds seem a little "off" during a molt. Nothing serious, though, and if you have any doubts your best bet is always an appointme t with your bird vet!

Posted from phone please forgive typos
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Well-known member
Aug 2, 2018
Full house
What bug n flock said.
Normal pin feathers, and it is molting time.
Baths will help the pin feathers break down, offer a sturdy shallow dish with an inch or two of water, splash around in it with your hand and he should come running to jump in! Or you can by a new clean spritz water bottle, spray up so a gentle mist comes down on bird.
If the bird allows you can gentle squeeze the pin and it will didolve into powder.
Welcome to the forums!

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