Often the owners are faced with a situation where their parrot is balding or slowly losing its plumage, and they can associate the cause of what is happening with ordinary seasonal molting. In fact, the reasons why a parrot drops feathers can be more serious.
Why do parrots go bald
The reason for the feathers falling out in parrots can be hidden in an infectious disease, which can only be diagnosed by a veterinarian. You should also know that natural molting in birds takes place no more than 1-2 times a year, while the behavior does not change much. In some parrot breeds, molting occurs constantly, but gradually, so you will not notice any bare areas on his body. If your pet begins to move a little, constantly itches or pulls its feathers, then urgently need to look for the reasons for this behavior.
Stress or fright
This may also be the reason why parrots go bald. Such birds are rather timid and the slightest stressful situations can seriously affect their bodies. Loss of plumage is considered one of the manifestations of stress. This happens when changing the owner, sharp noises, constant quarrels in the house. In this case, the parrot bald under the tail, in the tail or in small covering feathers, feathers are usually lost in bunches, but when the bird calms down, the plumage will return to normal. Shock molt can also be related to why the parrot has feathers falling on its head, neck or other parts of the body.
Lack of vitamins and minerals
A common cause of molting in parrots. Vitamins and minerals have a serious effect on plumage, claw growth, and even the general condition of the budgerigar.
Often vitamin deficiency affects birds with unbalanced and malnutrition. At the same time, several types of grains are included in the daily menu, there is no greens, fruits and vegetables that they need so much. In this case, the parrot balds on the head, breast, neck, and tail. For treatment, it is necessary to purchase special vitamin complexes in veterinary pharmacies and balance the nutrition of the parrot.
Fungal and tick-borne diseases
Fungi and ticks that can get on the skin of your pet easily take root there and multiply, causing serious harm to his body. The feathers drop feathers on the chest, head, neck, and in almost any part of the body where the tick or fungus lives. At the same time, the bird has severe itching, lethargy, it constantly itches on the cage.
To distinguish this lesion from any other, look at the shaft of the pen that fell out, the ticks may leave small holes on it, and the tip of the pen may contain traces of blood. When examining the skin of a pet, traces of peeling, wounds or plaques can be found.
With these diseases, it is also necessary to examine the wax, paws and beak, they can also have wounds and peeling.
On their own, these diseases will never go away and can lead to the death of the bird, so if you find the above signs of damage, contact your veterinarian immediately. Ointments are usually prescribed, and treatment can last more than a month.
Hormones regulate the activity of almost all systems and organs not only in humans, but also in parrots. For this reason, an excess or deficiency of a hormone can impair the growth of plumage. Violation of the hormonal background can lead to the fact that the parrot drops its tail, feathers on the wings, etc. In this situation, the veterinarian will help you choose hormone replacement therapy.
French molt in parrots
It is considered a fairly serious and serious disease, which usually manifests itself at an early age. Signs of French molting in parrots: complete loss of fly and tail feathers before departure from the nest or immediately after.
Birds are completely exposed and cannot fly; they are moved with their beak or jumps. It is not possible to find out the real causes of this disease, but some veterinarians suggest that it develops due to insufficient protein intake. If you properly feed and care for the chick, then the plumage can be restored.
It is not recommended to use parrots that have had such a pathology in childhood for further reproduction.
Feathers drop out at a parrot – what to do?
- Inspect the parrot. Under the tail there should be no traces of droppings, eyes should be clean, and the beak should be smooth.
- Observe bird behavior. Decreased appetite, activity, trembling – a reason to beware.
- If parasites are suspected, disinfect the cell and all contents and consult a veterinarian.
- Balance nutrition.
- If the parrot has survived stress, then sedatives can be added to the food.
- Provide the required level of humidity in the room, as too dry air leads to discomfort, the bird begins to itch and pull out feathers. Put a bath for bathing.
It is recommended to carry out regular preventive examinations that will eliminate the occurrence of serious diseases in the future.