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HELP! Budgies excessively plucking feathers

demivco

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Hello, this is my first post so I am not really sure where to start.
I have 2 budgies, Willow and Kiwi. Willow is approx 6-7 months old and Kiwi is 3-4 months. Willow was previously living with Basil, my older bird who passed suddenly from an allergic reaction to meds for a respiratory infection. Willow and Basil bonded and Willow was distraught when he passed.

Kiwi and Willow don’t get along but tolerate eachother. I recently moved them into a different cage (wider rather than taller). This was 2 days ago and ever since, both birds have been feather plucking. I know it isn’t moulting because they are plucking at their wing/back feathers and the feathers appear to have blood on the tips. They are scratching often too. I’m getting really worried and had a bad experience with the only avian vet near me (after I travelled an hour to see them), so am a bit stuck on what to do. Both birds have normal looking ceres and feet so I don’t know if it could be scaly face mites.

They have recently been refusing to go back into their cage at night, however have been going back during the day. They are eating and drinking normally but have the occasional sneeze. Any help would be appreciated!
 
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Have you tried giving them separate cages?
 

demivco

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Have you tried giving them separate cages?

Thank you for your reply, I have considered it but they don’t spend much time in the cage (only at night) and the feather plucking tends to be when they are outside of their cage. They are plucking their own feathers, not each other’s which is my main concern as I wonder if it could be an underlying illness ):
 

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Thank you for your reply, I have considered it but they don’t spend much time in the cage (only at night) and the feather plucking tends to be when they are outside of their cage. They are plucking their own feathers, not each other’s which is my main concern as I wonder if it could be an underlying illness ):
From what I gather, plucking can be caused by any number of things. Where are you located?
 

demivco

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From what I gather, plucking can be caused by any number of things. Where are you located?
South west England and Avian vets are very few and far between. They seem to be plucking a bit less at the moment, I’m wondering if it could be the change in heat we’ve had recently too.
 
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