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  1. RiccaE

    Bent then broken tail feather

    My baby GCC had a bent tail feather. It was roughly a 45 degree angle for a few days. Today when I changed his cage bottom, I noticed the feather had either broken off at the bend mark, or did he maybe chew it off? Is it normal for a bent feather to break off and will he be okay with just the...
  2. Atomiklan

    Pictures Head feathers

    Need some tips. So Lada is one of those weird eckies that scratches and loses her feathers on top of head all the time. Dont worry about that in this picture, vet says shes fine and its a rare thing with them. That's not the question, but it is related. She is growing them back in as you can...
  3. WallyCockatiel

    Bird’s pin feathers

    I have a 6-month old, wing-clipped male cockatiel (you can see him in my profile pic), he hasn’t molted yet. I noticed ever since we got him (about 3 months ago) he has these pin feathers all around his neck and head. He is super comfortable with me touching him but I never gave him a scritch...
  4. Rainbowspritex

    Urgent Conure - White feathers?

    Good afternoon, My mother's green cheeked conure usually has such green, vibrant feathers but in the last week his feathers have begun to turn yellow and white. We have a vet appointment on Friday but any advice ahead of that would be greatly appreciated. Hopefully the before and after photos...
  5. Whoviana

    Ruffled vs. Fluffed

    What is the difference between ruffled feathers and fluffed feathers? Sunflower often fluffs her feathers while she is perching. This is usually accompanied by beak clicking and standing on one foot. I'm wondering what the difference is between happy fluffing and sick ruffling?
  6. CupcakeKeator

    To Clip or Not To Clip...

    Hey everyone! So quick question here. My little bird is a year old now and his wings have finally grown back from when the breeder clipped them. 1. How many of you keep your birbs wings clipped? and if so, what are the benefits you feel to keeping them clipped? 2. How many of you leave your...
  7. rwong

    Overpreening pionus?

    Here's Charlie - we adopted him in 2016 so he's been with us almost 2 years now! He's 16 this year, and always been neurotic. He chews off all his wing feathers and all but one tail feather. Since last year - we noticed some of his feathers have black edges, and none of our foster birds have...
  8. Z

    Black dots on legs

    I’m wondering if anyone has seen this before on a lovebird. I haven’t actually witnessed my lovebird scratching or biting his legs, but one of them is naked and has strange black dots on it; they look buried under the skin. I’m not sure if that’s just new feathers coming in or what. I wanted to...
  9. Atomiklan

    Feather growth rate

    How fast do feathers usually grow back in? There are probably a few conditionals here such as if the feather falls out on its own (or pushed out as I have heard is possible sometimes with older large feathers) versus being plucked out. Also there may be a difference between species and also a...
  10. K

    Kakarikis Feathers

    I own 2 kakarikis, female and male (female shown in my profile picture!) but my male seems to have very ugly, to say feathers. He was like this ever since I purchased him and I think he might be moulting. They are about 1 year old do kakarikis moult when they are 1 year old or if not is there...
  11. music2music

    Possibly sick?

    My parakeet has been having poop stuck to his vent for almost a week. It started off as diharrea, which was a one night only thing. He started to lose more feathers since yesterday (2/7) and I have to bribe him with millet now to get on my hand, which never happened when I initially got him. My...
  12. music2music

    Always having pin feathers?

    My parakeet has always seemed to have at least a few pin feathers on his head since the first time he molted. Are these just stubborn and not falling out or is it because he doesn't like me rubbing his face and helping them come off? Or maybe it's because he hasn't cared for the fruits or...
  13. Whoviana

    How many tail feathers does a conure have?

    How many tail feathers does a GCC have? Sunflower has been slowly molting for about 6 months, and we thought her tail was done. She shed two tail feathers today. I'm starting to think she will just be molting for the rest of her life.
  14. Andreea

    Macaw feathers going black

    Hi, My 2 year old B&G macaw, Jay, is having some feather issues. They've been getting worse over the last few weeks and I'm worried. Quite a lot of her feathers are turning black. She gets a variety of fruit in her cage changed regularly (everything is on the ok list for her to eat - I check...
  15. Whoviana

    Preening out feathers

    Sunflower has lost about 10 feathers today while preening. We watched her do it and she looks like she's preening normally, but some of her chest feathers are coming out. The feathers don't look damaged or bloody, but there is a noticable area on her chest where her feathers are not as full when...
  16. J

    Urgent Help my cockatiel attacked by my dog

    I had one of my birds out in their room and I came back from cleaning her bowls out to give her her food and I think I spooked her when I opened the door and she started to fly. My dog came running in and she landed on the ground and my dog went after her. My birds was able to escape and hide...
  17. Atomiklan

    Puffy cheeks

    Whats up with the occasional puffy cheeks? Is this just feather fluffing? Overweight? Secret chipmonk-esk anatomical feature? hahaha Guessing of course its just feather fluff, but just curious.
  18. SunnySideUp

    Losing feathers?

    As some of you probably know, I am new to being a bird owner and love my new friend very much. It is a young bird that I've only had for almost two months, so I expect certain things to be tricky. But whenever I use my spritz bottle to bathe it, it tries to fly away and it squaks at me. It picks...
  19. Miss B

    A note on scritchy-scratchies

    Hi all! I joined today because I often come to this site for advice, and I wanted to share something! Cello is my little guy, he's a peach-face and he's been my partner in crime for a little over a year now. He loves scritchy-scratchies, and when I scratch him I always smooth the feathers...
  20. Stella75

    Uneven wings

    Hi there, I'm a relatively new bird owner. I've had my green cheek for a couple months now and she's been flighted... but after a few run ins with the window and miror, i thought it might be safer to clip her wings so she doesn't hurt herslef. Anyway, i took her to a personally recommended...