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Could It Be Old Age

Discussion in 'Birds - all breeds / types' started by Chezza, Aug 18, 2009.

  1. Chezza

    Chezza New Member

    Ok, Jack has been losing some feathers lately, he always had a full bloom of feathers, he has NO lice, he has never been a plucker of feathers, he is about 8 years old nearly 9, could it be due to old age, he is still eating and drinking very well, and active, he has even lost his flight feathers too.. :cry: :cry:


  2. charmedagain

    charmedagain New Member

    Hi Chezza,
    Stress, Illness, Iron, Fatty Liver Disease can cause the feathers to drop out.
    I would suggest having him seen by an Avian Vet just to rule out any illnesses that might be causing it. It could be something simple like a skin irritation.

    He is not old as he only 9, cockatiels live until they are 25years old some have been known to live longer..

    Sorry i couldnt be of more help

  3. Chezza

    Chezza New Member

    Thanks Mike, Ill do that, as he is a very much loved family member..
    Ill keep you informed..
  4. Chezza

    Chezza New Member

    Ok just found out its scaly face :shock: :shock: :cry: :cry: :cry: , I was devastated, he is an indoors bird????? :cry:
    Got treatment for him, and its working already..
    How could he get scaly face????????????
  5. charmedagain

    charmedagain New Member

    Glad its nothing too serious, Its not quite known how birds get the scaly mite it has something to do with outside birds...

    The treatment usually works pretty quick and you notice a change in your bird within a couple of days, Within a week you should notice new feathers coming back in.

    While new feathers are growing in i would suggest getting a spray bottle the kind you would mist plants with and mist him daily with warm water this will soften they skin and not cause irritation to your bird..

    Let me know how he gets on and i am pleased its nothing serious

  6. Chezza

    Chezza New Member

    Will Do Mike..Thanks
  7. Chezza

    Chezza New Member

    He is such a gentle soul putting the treatment on...he doesn't like it but is soo good, poor baby..He has been outside, but only thru the day... :?:
    He is looking better everyday..Thank god..
  8. charmedagain

    charmedagain New Member

    Glad he is improving, its hard when one of our animals has a problem.
    If the vet has given you enough ointment i would still apply it for a few more days just to make sure that they have all died.

    Its heartbreaking when our birds lose there feathers to these nasty little creatures..

    I miss having my birds but i had to rehome them all as it was causing my partner to be ill with his asthma and he kept getting chest infections from there dander..

  9. Chezza

    Chezza New Member

    Ok 3 days treatment and its looking good, but no feathers growing thru as yet, but the scale has cleared up, his feet hadn't been affected, just his cere and the top of his head..
  10. charmedagain

    charmedagain New Member

    Hi how is Jack doing? Has his feathers started coming back yet.
    Hope he is back to his old self :)


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