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steve.kp83

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Missing feathers
« on: February 12, 2014, 08:19:50 AM »

Hi everyone...

My grey has been gradually losing his Wong feathers and the edges have been getting more scruffy, over the past 4-5 weeks.  I've only had him 5 weeks and he's 5 months old now (so still very young).

He's very happy - I can do anything with him and he never bites me, I spend a lot of time with him on an evening (he insists I stroke him for ages) and he's very cherpy.

I'm concerned now. I supply a calcium supplement several times a week, just a very small drop in his water.

Help? Please reassure me that maybe this is him developing his adult feathers??...

Thanks

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Re: Missing feathers
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2014, 11:03:17 AM »

Look smashed to me, door frames and cage parts can do this, as he's young he's learning, curious to know how big the cage is? Seems to of smashed one of his primary's and the tips. From the pic I can't see any actually loss, just broken.

To be safe I'd try to find a good avian vet and just get him checked over for several reasons. To establish a relationship with a vet you trust, confirm your husbandry practices are good and to get a base line health check.
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Re: Missing feathers
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2014, 11:12:42 AM »

yeah it looks like damage from flapping & catching his wings on things, as feathermonkey says it'd be worth getting a vets check up though.

we have a few people on here who's birds chew their feathers so they should be able to see if it's that.
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Re: Missing feathers
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2014, 11:16:15 AM »

 :blow:I have a similar thing, I believe it's down to chewing as my mans tail feathers are the same.. He is around the same age as yours but he has been getting scruffier and scruffier. Took him to the vets a few times and they put it down to overpreening.

I will be following this thread. Please keep me updated how he does and feel free to watch birdymans progress too..

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Re: Missing feathers
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2014, 11:28:37 AM »

If you can get a better one of the tail people will have a better idea. Tails can smash from bad landings but losing tail feathers is different from smashed. I'd also agree he seems to be tugging too hard(overpreening) from that pic. If you look at the coverts' ones just above (Primarys')flight feathers you'll see they look a little frayed. A parrot under 9 mths really shouldn't be losing much more than down feathers.

It takes about 3 years for a complete moult they'd never lose the ability of flight. I certainly know I've seen primarys' that are over 2 years old.
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Re: Missing feathers
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2014, 11:57:58 AM »

Looks like Loui has been breaking or chewing his flight feathers to me, he wouldn't be moulting them at such a young age, they look very much like my baby's did at that age but she was standing on hers and putting her leg over the wing and chewing it, she still does it now and she just over 2 years old its only ever one wing though. its a vicious circle because when they get damaged she chews them off.
 
Perhaps he has damaged the feathers through play or bad landings and then decided to chew them off becasue he knows that they dont feel right or are damaged.

Birdy mans feathers look frayed on the edges rather than chewed but its hard to see properly from the photo, I'd say that is through rough play, I think a lot of babies get like that before the first moult.

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