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Messed up Feathers?

Discussion in 'Behavior Byway' started by PrettyBirdy, 2/5/18.

  1. PrettyBirdy

    PrettyBirdy Strolling the yard Avenue Veteran

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    My 8 month old Goffins cockatoo, Frankie, has always had messy feathers. She plays hard, spends a lot of time rolling on back, and it really effected her tail feathers. Recently it's gotten more apparent, and her wings have been more messed up. I give her a bath at LEAST once a weak, usually more, she eats good, and absolutely does not pluck.

    So I started thinking more about it.

    She was orphaned at birth, and was hand raised, not really around other birds. Could that effect feather care? Like, her knowing how to take care of them?

    I'm just not sure.

    Any advice, etc. is much appreciated.

    Thanks!
     
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  2. faislaq

    faislaq I have a macaw and don't post enough photos Celebirdy of the Month Mayor of the Avenue Avenue Spotlight Award SUPER HERO

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    Luv Bug plays hard like that, too. Up close, all of her feathers look really ratty and frayed. When they molt out some even have see-through sections they are so worn. :shrug2: She is 6 years old, gets showers almost daily, good pellets, etc. I'm thinking that might just be Goffins; not sure, she's our first 'too. Plus I hear babies are even harder on their feathers & they'll pretty up after a few years.
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  3. PrettyBirdy

    PrettyBirdy Strolling the yard Avenue Veteran

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    Good to hear from someone else in this situation! I've always had smaller birds, and have worked with some cockatoo's, but she's my first.
     
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