User Name Remember Me? Cockatiel has strange feathers sticking out on back? Hi guys Rhino my cockatiel recently has me worried with these feathers that look a little funny. I'll start from the beginning first, sorry I'm a rambler I bought Rhino from my pet store, his tail feathers had ragged ends as did all of the other birds there and I didn't think much of it until I heard online that it could be due to bad diet or stress.
Is that true? He is only about 12 weeks so I assume they would fall out and new ones would grow back after his first molt. Also his cage was pretty small so I don't know if that could have been a factor. As for the strange feathers, on his back it started with one feather on his back that looks exactly like a flexible piece of plastic or a stripped feather sticking out and curving a little. Actually it doesn't look like a feather at all. It is becoming more and more noticeable each day and curving more and now I can see smaller ones are starting to grow around it.
Rhino doesn't seem to care much when I touch them or anything, he just kinda gets a little annoyed and preens whenever I touch them. I know for a fact them are not blood feathers, the big one just looks like a flexible thin plastic piece sticking straight out of the left side of his back and sticks out like a sore thumb.
Will the stripped feathers fall out during his molt? And what exactly are they and what causes them? Rhino seems very healthy he sings chirps dances and his poo looks normal. He is also on a safflower seed diet with other important fruit and veggies included. I might be overreacting but I have never seen these plastic things sticking out on a parrot's back before.
I hope it's nothing serious. Re: Cockatiel has strange feathers sticking out on back? I don't know about the sticking out you are mentioning but have you been around birds much? Without a picture my first thought is they are normal feathers which generally come in wrapped in a feather sheath that does look like a plastic straw with a point on the end. As they come in she will preen them and the plastic will decompose for lack of a better word and the feather will be fresh and new.
Young birds often don't realize that their feathers are necessary for things other than keeping them warm and usually figure everything out after their first moult Depending on how many birds are kept in a small cage, that can attribute to ragged feathers also I am new to the world of birds so sorry I am not that familiar with their feathers lol. I am charging my camera to take a picture, but I looked at it again and they are actually near the top area of the tail feathers. They look like thin plastic curly straws sticking out in all different directions.
Maybe they are new feathers but I've never seen them curl upwards before. Images: 6. Sounds to me like the bad tail feathers are due to being dragged against the small cage he was in prior to you bringing him home. They will fall out and be replaced during his first molt. The "plastic" looking things you are seeing sound to me like pin feathers. When a bird gets new feathers they come in surrounded in what is called a Keratin sheath.Apart from the obvious…flying, they are needed to control the temperature of their bodies, warn off predators, attract a mate, to help protect from the elements.
Cockatiels remove feathers throughout the year and twice each year they will shed a large amount this is called moulting. It is an important aspect in the life and health of cockatiels and they will require extra care and a healthy diet during this period. They take oil from a gland at the top of the tail at the bottom of the back and disperse this onto the feathers by pulling them through their beak.
They rub their head into the oil gland and then ruffle between other feathers. A wonderful display it is to watch as they preen themselves and also groom each other. Unfortunately in some cases cockatiels often over preen themselves or each other, mostly parents over preening their young. This can lead to health issues in the future. Sometimes feather picking is a sign that something is not right.
A visit to the vet is required, however there are many reasons to what can cause the picking of feathers. Bad diet, hormonal defects, hidden virus, poor cage environment, parasites, fungal problems, even suffering from a trauma caused by frights etc.
Keeping a close eye on your cockatiels behaviour you will be able to notice if something different is in its daily routine. For example if they are very active and then they tend to spend more and more time resting or sleeping, something could be wrong. A sure sign of a sick cockatiel is its lack of activity.
A quieter than normal cockatiel could have an external parasite or internal problem. External parasites could actually be feather mites. These are more often found in outside aviary birds. Often a slight change in diet can have an adverse affect on your cockatiels appearance. Keep a close eye and any change can then be noticed. Some observations that may occur are. Dry looking feather coat, this may be an indication of a poor diet and dry climate, allow your birds to bathe or even spray them regularly.
Wrinkled looking edges can be a reflection of their cages size, too small or too many cockatiels in one space. Some cockatiels if they have had an injury may not be able to look after their feathers and therefor will display a scatty feather covering.
The feathers grow with a protein coating on which is used as a protection. Sometimes this is quite firm and cockatiels struggle to open it to allow the feather to display itself. This can be painful, a bit like an ingrown hair.Those glorious, dazzling feathers that give birds such instant eye appeal, are made of a protein based substance called keratin, similar to the keratin that composes human nails and hair. It's not a surprise, considering that birds have many hollow bones that are filled with air.
Birds have several types of feathers, each one with a different function. Birds even have feathers that can be used to gain a psychological advantage when interacting with other birds. During courtship rituals, feathers are displayed and used to impress and attract a mate. When there are threats of aggression, feathers are displayed as a defense mechanism. A small bird can puff out feathers and look much larger to predator.
Types of Feathers: Did you ever wonder how your cockatiel is able to raise his crest up and down or puff out feathers when threatened? The same muscles are used for moving feathers during courtship rituals and aggression. Contour feathers can be divided into 2 categories, coverts body feathersand flight feathers.Blood Feather Basics -- For People with Companion Parrots
Parrots have 10 primary and 10 secondary flight feathers right next to each other on each wings. Flight feathers on wings are called remiges and they give birds lift when flying. Most birds have 12 tail feathers, which are called retrices. Tail feathers control directional change when flying and they control speed when landing.
They also help a bird to balance. Birds that break their tail feathers will be clumsy until new feathers grow in. Small Feathers: Birds have different types of smaller feathers. These feathers are believed to have both a protective as well as a sensory function which can detect air movement.
Other bristle like feathers which are found close to the follicle of contour feathers are called filoplumes. They respond to pressure when flying and they can be found on all feathers with the exception of wing and tail flight feathers. Down feathers are small, light and fluffy and they form an undercoat beneath covert feathers which insulates a bird's body by trapping air in-between feathers and skin.
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Semiplumes are another type of small insulating feather. The shaft of a semiplume is soft and flexible.
Birds also have small powder down feathers, which grow continuously. Instead of being molted out, powder down feathers disintegrate when a bird preens, forming a white powder made out of keratin that conditions and waterproofs feathers. Cockatiels produce an excessive amount of powder compared to other species.
You'll find white powder inside of the cage and on objects near the cage. If you pet your bird with your chin or cheek, you may even get a light coating of white powder on your skin. Preening Preening is how a bird cleans, waterproofs and conditions feathers for skin protection, warmth and flight. Most birds have a uropygial or preening gland and it is located on a bird's back near the base of the tail. The preening gland secretes an oil like substance through multiple ducts.
A cluster of small down feathers surround the ducts and act like a wick, holding the secreted oil.I have 6 cockatiels in 2 different cages Recently I saw fallen feathes from all of them Now it has become every day! What could be the cause of all this? I don't want their beautiful feathers to fall anymore They are just molting.
Their feathers will be twice as nice when they get done. You might want to give them some soaked Safflower seed. Safflower is heavy in oil content. It along with some extra protein while they are molting would be very beneficial. I would suggest a little egg food to supplement their regular diet. Not to much or they will be wanting to nest. Give plenty of fruits and veggies during the molt also. The bird that is doing the picking has just developed a bad habit.
The only cure I know is to separate the perpetrator. He is neurotically sick. I could have been his up bringing. It could have started with something as simple as pecking formula off of a nest mate. They are not the neatest eaters or feeders. The baby gets in the habit of picking food off of his nest mates. Then when weaning time comes he is hungry. So he pecks on the feathers of his nest mates looking for those bits. He will keep this up while he is hungry. Eventually he pulls a feather out.
Now he has a temporary distraction from his hunger, he chews the feather. As soon as he drops that feather or what ever he does with ithe knows where to look for another one. Soon the bird will find a submissive nest mate that will let him pick on him.
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Later when he is older her will find another friend to pick on or the bird might just start picking on himself. The bird is neurotic. This could have been avoided if someone would have observed their baby birds a little bit. This is just one reason that makes a bird pick. This is why you need a book.
All of what I am telling you I got from a book. I can't tell you which one. You read something in the book and then it happens with your bird or aviary. Then your remember it.Your bird is just molting. A molting budgie is not sick. Feathers are just replaced since over time they can get worn and damaged. A budgie first molts at around twelve weeks old. His first feathers get replaced by new ones, and he loses the appearance of a young bird. The large, dark stripes across his head disappear when he gets his new feathers.
There is no set time of year for budgies to start molting. Some budgies even molt a little all year round, a couple of feathers at a time. Molting can last for quite a while since some of the larger feathers take up to eight weeks to grow back. The smaller feathers can grow again in around six weeks. Budgies can also start to molt if they get especially frightened of stressed.
When this happens just treat him as if he is molting routinely, and try to keep his life stress free. If considering a harness firstly if the bird is mature than using a harness is not a good idea as this wil just stress the Budgie out - they are not used to it! If the Budgie is still quite young then slowly introducing the harness and putting it on for short periods of time would be reccomended to get the Bidgie accustomed to it, doing so would not stress the Budgie out in the future.
I understand the reasons why your friend would want to look at using a harness as it is safer, although you need to watch out for predators as this can stress the Budgie out.
There have been so many advancements with harnesses over the recent years and they are quite safe and friendly to use, there is no supporting evidence that they are barbaric in nature so it just comes down to personal preference, if the Budgie doesn't like it then so be it but there is no harm in trying.
The advantage of using a harness means that the Budgie's wings do not need to be clipped leaving it with the ability to still fly around the house naturally which is normal bird behaviour! The harnesses available from 'The Parrot University' are a good choice and they don't have any dangerous metal bits and are designed to fit a varierty of birds, they freight to Sydney and are relatively well priced - Yes, we have brought a few of these and our birds are very happy with them.
No, Actually, it's quite normal in some cases. As you know, it's Spring, and it tends to get a little warm on certain days. During this season, it's time that the birds molt. They lose their feathers, which tends to cool them down a bit, and then they continue to grow them back.
On the other hand, have you ever seen your budgie fall in it's cage? That could be the cause on how it's feather came out. You must be careful about blood feathers tho. I'm not sure if budgies have them, and i'm not an expert on them, but i know cockatiels do. If you have anymore questions, i'll be glad to answer them if i can. Remember, i'm a cockatiel expert, not a budgie expert, but i will still try my best to answer your questions.User Name Remember Me? Gcc- Conlan Sun Conure- Mouse Jenday- Kellan RLA- Happy Feathers falling out?
My months old Sun Conure, has started losing those fluff feathers. Especially on her chest. She's not plucking and didn't seem to be over grooming the area. It's mostly the tiny feathers that are color tipped but have all that fluff at the base, and some just white fluff.
She just came into full feather about a month-a months and a half ago. Every time she flaps about 3 of the fuzzies fly. She did see the vet do to minor weezing when she would get round up and was put on Doxycycline, Omega 3 booster, and a product called Bird Builder, since she is still insistent on 1 formula feed a day, though she does eat normal food.
The vet came to the conclusion either I was lied to about her age or she's a slow developer. She's active, sweet as pie, drinking and eating normal, eyes and nose clear. The vet said other than the bit of sound in her lung field she's healthy. Is this feather thing normal? My GCC doesn't do that. My JoJo is also loosing several small feathers. She is also covered in pin feathers on her neck. All birds will molt annually.
This could be the start of the cycle for your Sun. This is her. I'm guessing she's not 16 weeks. She weighs in at about 83grams at the vets. Here she had been fed about 20 minutes before. Panama Amazon 1 Y. Just a molt. Seems like all of mine are dropping feathers right now too Is it normal to molt at such a young age?
I thought they did that at the 1 year mark? I guess some can start a bit young. Griffin my Ruppell's parrot poicephalus started his first molt at about months old too, which surprised me. He's going through his second one now a year later. I noticed that with Griffin, Raven, and Mink, during a molt, they will go on and off. On for a couple or few weeks, then off for a couple or few weeks, then so on until the molt finishes around the body. Robin seems to molt more lightly, but here and there throughout the year.
Edit: I just saw under your pics that you say you don't think your bird is 16 weeks old. Above, you said months old.Baldness is an acquired loss of feathers on the head. It is commonly seen in canaries and cockatiels. A hormonal imbalance and genetics are believed to be responsible. Baldness can also be caused by over-preening by a mate.
Patchy feather-loss on a bird can be a sign of Vitamin A deficiency, which can be treated by supplementing your bird's diet accordingly. Patchy feather loss can also be caused by ringworms. An abnormal molt occurs on some birds, causing them to lose all of their head feathers at once. The birds may be juveniles undergoing their first prebasic molt. It's also possible that feather mites or feather lice may cause baldness.
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For example, in cockatiels the white feathers may take on a more yellowish color doesn't happen in white-faced cockatiels though. African Greys may develop red feathers in areas that are usually gray and feathers in eclectuses may turn yellow, orange and potentially red. Scattered feathers of an unexpected color can be an indication of damaged feather follicles usually because of feather plucking. Over-supplementation with Vitamin "A" may also cause these feather changes.
Medication - for example administration of antibiotics at the time a bird is molting has caused temporary changes in feather coloration; these feathers are usually replaced with normal coloration feathers at the next molt. There is a good possibility of sickness, malnutrition please refer to bird nutritionliver disease or kidney problems. Although it is possibly that genetics is involved and that it is a mutation.
Commonly seen in budgies and may be likened to catarrh of a mucous surface and occurs in many types of chronic ill health. Apparently it is not caused by local infection, and ideally treatment consists of finding and treating the underlying cause. The cere the structure containing the nostrils hypertrophies, becoming cornified and keratinized. It may develop a prominent "hornlike" appearance. This condition is most common in female birds and is believed to be associated with breeding in females and estrogen secreting gonadal tumors in males.
Treatment: Conventional vets recommend to moisten and gently remove the heaped-up material especially if it flakes and blocks the naresand applying a little oily lotion, cod liver oil, Dettol or bland ointment.
Polyfollicles is the growth of multiple feather shafts from one follicle. It may cause no problems or may be associated with chronic inflamation in feathers and skin. An itchy pollifelliculitis has been seen in lovebirds and budgies. The tail and dorsal neck area are the most common areas affected. This condition is thought to be caused by a virus. High levels of methionine can be found in sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, Brazil nuts, fish, meats, eggs, as well as various lentils.
Significant amounts can also be found in spinach, potatoes and boiled corn. Supplementation is another option for birds that don't have access or refuse to eat foods rich in methionine - such as spirulina, which is rich in this amino acid.
Once nutritional needs are metit may take 9 to 12 months for new, better feathering and the flaky beak to be replaced with a new, smooth one.
A single bird was seen with a patch of feather loss on one side of its body associated with a thick, grey, flaky skin. This proved to be a case of ringworm due to infection with a Trichopyhton fungus.
The disease should have been curable but the owner did not want the treatment carried out. Ulcerative dermatitis refers to red, oozing, ulcerated skin. The affected area is often swollen and the bird often has an elevated white blood cell count, indicative of infection. Ulcerative dermatitis can be associated with previous trauma, wounds, diabetes and certain intestinal parasites.
The bird picks at its skin, creating the ulcers. These sores are frequently itchy, causing the bird to pick at the area more.