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All About Feathers..

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That was great to read! Thanks alot Pat!:dance4:
 

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Really great article Pat. Good find!! :)
 

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wow, that is an awesome article!
 

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great find Pat!
 

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Thanks, great site, important information for us bird owners to read. It's bookmarked.
 

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Thank you pat, I saved that. It is a great article.:)
 

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Great article. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Re: All About Feathers... Stress Bars

PER REQUEST:

Some information that I had previously put together for future reference on the “stress bar” question … or of course, just general information if anyone is interested …


Below is the best picture I could find of stress bars ...

Stress Bars

In my experience stress bars in 'toos are generally lighter or darker lines appearing through the feathers. In some cases in U2s I've seen them actually as thin, almost see through lines. Generally they molt out, or grow out w/ the feathers and are not usually a cause for concern.

I liked this article for giving some clarification of stress bars as opposed to rough play, feather growth complications, etc.

Article on Feathers & Stress Bars

There is another article HERE by Eb Craven @ the Gabriel Foundation.

Occasional stress bars are not uncommon, but if you see them regularly, or a LOT of them, it should be cause for concern and you should make a trip to the vet. Stress bars can occur for a wide # of reasons, like poor diet, other health problems (liver damage, breathing problems, etc.), not just plain stress.

Other health concerns can also change the colors of feathers growing in ... example ... a Blue & Gold macaw w/ a liver problem may streak green and orange into the feather growth.
 

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I will have to bookmark this and read it later. Looks like it will be a good read, thanks!
 
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