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New to ringnecks, male has a plucking issue

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trixietb
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New to ringnecks, male has a plucking issue

Post by trixietb » Thu Jun 05, 2008 12:15 pm

i was just given a pair of ringnecks, they have 1 egg they are working on. i have experience with many different kinds of birds, this is my first plucker and my first ringneck. the story that came with them is that they got him as a pair and at some point his lady died, they got him a new lady who he mates with but ever since his first lady died he plucks his chest / neck / back area. Any ideas?????
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Post by Bella » Thu Jun 05, 2008 12:18 pm

Is he tame at all?
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Post by IndianRingneckBoy » Thu Jun 05, 2008 12:20 pm

Do yu smoke becouse if yu do it can be that
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Post by trixietb » Thu Jun 05, 2008 12:29 pm

hes not tame at all he has a fit if you go in the cage. she was hand raised. no smoking in the house either. im hopeing a change of environment will help him, i spend alot of time with my other birds. they didnt come with much in their cage. 2 perches and 2 toys in a 3ft tall cage. weve only had then since yesterday so maybe he'll get over it??? my other birds are loaded with toys and branches and stuff.

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Post by Bella » Thu Jun 05, 2008 12:33 pm

This may be a help to you as there are many reasons why he might be plucking http://www.birdsnways.com/wisdom/ww4eii.htm
Is he living outside or inside?
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Post by trixietb » Thu Jun 05, 2008 12:43 pm

inside next to window. they seem to like the sunlight.

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Post by Bella » Thu Jun 05, 2008 12:48 pm

do you have any other pets that maybe could be stressing him? Has a vet checked him over to see ifs its a health issue? Sorry for all the questions id just like to try and help
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Post by trixietb » Thu Jun 05, 2008 12:54 pm

like i said weve only had them for a day. the prior home ran out of ideas with him, it started when his first mate died, the second mate didnt stop the plucking. i dont know how long it was between girlfriends. i have to try and find a bird vet around here.

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Post by Amazonite » Thu Jun 05, 2008 2:49 pm

That poor boy, mites maybe? or the new gf is stressing him, he might like to be alone for a while without her, not sure.

Sorry mate i hope you find out whats casuing it
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Post by Donna » Thu Jun 05, 2008 3:04 pm

A vet check is a must to rule out any major illnesses. Do you have these birds quarantined away from your other birds? Raging hormones and poor diet would be my suspicions but do a vet check to be sure.



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Post by trixietb » Thu Jun 05, 2008 4:12 pm

they are on the opposite side of the room from my others. she is not affected by what ever it is. i am looking for a vet in town, i live over 60mi from the nearest city so its going to be a chalange. we are a very hot climate and we are in the heat of summer so getting to a vet with out cooking the bird is going to present a problem. even ac in the car dosnt always keep up with the heat. hopefully i can find a vet with an early appt time. is pulling him out for several house going to disrupt the female???

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Post by Donna » Thu Jun 05, 2008 5:33 pm

Having these 2 new birds in the same room with your existing flock is very dangerous.

Birds do not show illness alot of times until they are put in a stressful situation. This is stressful on them to be taken from one environment and put in a completely different one. I would take both birds to the vet because they have been living together for a long time. Kind of makes me wonder why his first mate died. I would not let them breed and lay eggs right now till you find out what these birds have been exposed to and they have a clean bill of health.


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How you and your fid get along with this plucking problem.

Post by Ed Loschi » Fri Jun 06, 2008 8:56 am

Hey,

My male Irn has been plucking similarly to yours, except that my fid just snips off the colored portion of the feather and leaves the downy white part alone.

He started a few years ago with just a small area plucked at the top of his chest, a year later (after a nice healthy molt) he snipped all around his neck--it looked like he was wearing a white turtleneck sweater; then after that and for the last two years (though he has healthy molts and the feathers come in beautifully) he has been snipping his chest and back.

He is starting his molt just these past weeks and I can feel pin feathers, he is also showing a great deal of interest in the female for the first time since she came aboard two years ago.

So we will see what he does this time around. He's perfectly healthy just a little obsessed with the colored portion of the feathers on his chest and back. It would be great to see him in full plumage though.

Good luck with your Irn, I'll be watching this thread to see how you and your fid get along with this plucking problem.

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