Why does a parrot drop feathers? What could be the reason for the deterioration of feather cover in wavy? Why does a parrot pluck feathers? Such questions are often asked on the forums by the owners of budgies or birds of other breeds. Therefore, we consider whether it is worth the wavy owners to worry if the parrot molts, as well as the main reasons that lead to the feather falling out in pets.
The plumage of birds is one of the main indicators of their health. According to the state of plumage, you can understand whether a feathered pet is healthy or not. In fact, feathers can fall out of wavy for a variety of reasons, ranging from ordinary molting to systemic, functional malfunctions in the body.
Important! If the bottom of the budgie’s cage is strewn with feathers and feathers, and the plumage is not associated with seasonal molting, the pet is sluggish, eats poorly, weakly reacts to external stimuli, the world around it, sits right on the perch, do not leave this unattended. It is possible that the bird is sick and caught an infection.
If you are wondering why the parrot is losing feathers, among the possible reasons include:
- viral, infectious, parasitic diseases;
- infection with lint, ticks, and other ectoparasites;
- hypo-, vitamin deficiencies;
- metabolic disorder;
- hormonal imbalance;
- endocrine pathologies;
- invasive, fungal diseases;
- French, molt shock;
- violation of the rules for keeping birds (dirty or cramped cages);
- unbalanced, poor-quality diet.
If feathers fall out of a budgie, the bird may have experienced severe stress and nervous strain. The plumage loss may be due to the poor environmental situation in the region, which is not suitable for the budgerigar in the indoor microclimate.
Important! If the cage with the parrot is in the room where the flickering fluorescent lamps are installed, this will inevitably lead to intense feather loss. Such lighting adversely affects the health of wavy, provokes severe stress in the bird.
Do not forget that parrots intensively lose feathers during seasonal molting, which usually occurs in autumn and spring. If all conditions of detention are met, if the wavy pet is healthy, it feels good, plumage is replaced twice a year. The average molting time is 27–32 days.
Juvenile shedding, in which the initial replacement of plumage occurs, occurs in wolves at the age of 3-4 months from birth. Its duration is approximately 60 days.
Protein deficiency in feed causes the so-called French molting, which is characterized by the loss of feathers on the wings, as well as the absence of a tail in young wavy. Because of the feathers that have fallen out, the birds cannot fly normally and move only on the ground.
During shock molting, budgies will literally lose feathers in bunches due to stress, especially around the tail. Strong fright, noise, frequent stressful situations can cause a complete baldness of the feathered pet. Therefore, if you bring a feathered friend to the house, in addition to the optimal conditions of detention, pay him more attention, especially during the adaptation period. Protect the bird from stress, excitement.
If the parrot feels abandoned, useless to anyone, it starts to pluck feathers out of boredom, thus trying to attract the attention of its owners.
Feathers of a budgie very often fall out due to hormonal imbalance, impaired functioning of the thyroid gland. Budgerigars are very sensitive to the presence of hormones in the body, which produce the thyroid gland and the pituitary gland, and most often hormonal imbalances develop in birds that suffer from loneliness or receive poor-quality food.
Disruption of metabolism, deficiency of minerals, vitamins, essential amino acids, digestive problems will lead to the appearance of "dirty", depigmented feathers in the budgerigar.
Parasitic, fungal, infectious diseases
Very often budgies lose feathers due to infection by external parasites. If ticks are parasitic on the body of the parrot, the bird experiences severe itching, anxiety. In addition to falling feathers, scratches, sores, and wounds appear on the body. The skin is peeling. With severe infection, acute inflammation can develop in various structures of the dermis. Infection with down-eating, scabies mites leads to a deterioration of the plumage, provokes a strong feather loss.
You can understand that a parrot is infected with a tick after a visual inspection of a pet or by conducting a simple test. Cover the bottom of the cage with white paper or a light cloth. If you see small dark dots – do not hesitate, the parrot is infected with a tick.
What to do?
If the parrot feathers drop out intensively, the state of plumage worsens, the veterinarian-ornithologist will tell you what to do in this situation. The choice of treatment methods depends on the root cause that needs to be addressed.
If the reason the feathers of the budgerigar fall out is shock molt, an urgent need to help him. If possible, try to give the bird more attention, teach it new tricks, put toys in a cage. You can also buy a couple a pet, then in your absence he will not feel lonely.
Advice! If the budgerigar feathers began to fall out, and several birds are kept in the cage, be sure to isolate the patient from the rest of the budgies.
If the feathers fall out of the parrot on the background of hypo, vitamin deficiency, review the diet of the feathered pet. Intensive non-seasonal molting occurs against the background of a deficiency of amino acids and minerals. In this case, you need to enrich the food with vitamins, complex vitamin and mineral supplements. Include vegetables, fresh herbs, fruits (carrots, lettuce, apples), boiled yolk in the diet. Put fruit tree twigs, leaves, dandelion stalks, and other healthy herbs in the cage.
Synthetic vitamin preparations should never be given to budgies when treated with immunomodulators, during juvenile (first) molting, or if the bird is diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, obesity, chronic endocrine pathologies.
If the feather fell out of the tail of the parrot during shock molt, strengthen the pet’s nutrition, install a heating lamp, because due to severe stress, the birds cannot control their body temperature. In addition, the likelihood of developing colds increases.
If the bird drops feathers due to tick-borne infection or parasitic infections, we recommend showing it to the veterinarian. Wavy can be prescribed antiparasitic, general strengthening drugs for general and local treatment. The course of treatment, depending on the root cause, the degree of infection is from 25 to 30 days. In addition to treatment, a complete disinfection of the cell is necessary. After therapy, you need to show a budgie to your doctor to avoid possible relapses.
If the budgerigar drops feathers due to French molting, which is very dangerous for parrots, he is prescribed immunomodulators, preparations containing vitamins K and E. Moreover, most often the disease is transmitted genetically and in most cases remains incurable.
If the parrot loses feathers due to an unfavorable indoor climate, create optimal conditions for the bird. Strengthen the lighting, control the temperature, humidity. Move the cage to another room, while it should not stand in a draft, near heating appliances.
Eliminate the effects of toxic substances on the feathered friend’s body. Wavy is adversely affected by cigarette smoke, household cleaning products, and kitchen odors. Keep your feeders and drinkers clean.
Implementation of all the recommendations of a veterinarian will help not only to normalize the general condition of the bird, but also to improve the appearance of plumage. Remember: any disease is easier to prevent than to cure.