Hi all,
I have a 7 year old female Red-Bellied parrot named Rudy. (The name came before we knew the sex). I moved last year and had her wings clipped so she would be safe and not "land into trouble". The trouble is that she never stopped moulting or whatever. The feathers coming off are all the little short fluffy feathers. She seems healthy in every other way or I would have taken to an Avian vet asap. Rudy does whistles and has about a 15 word vocabulary and has been vocal and eating, drinking normally. I added vitamins to the water and different treats like millet and dry egg. I am on a limited income but will take to vet if I believed that they could help.
Any suggestions? Am I being irresponsible for not taking her to the vet??
Thanks,
Joanne
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I have a 7 year old female Red-Bellied parrot named Rudy. (The name came before we knew the sex). I ... trouble is that she never stopped moulting or whatever. The feathers coming off are all the little short fluffy feathers.

The big feathers, or what remains after the clip, are only molted out once a year, and yes the down feathers molt more often since they regulate temperature.
Thanks for the reply. After I posted, I noticed that barbs of the flight feathers are suddenly appearing on the cage floor. Is that a normal part of a molt?
Thanks for the reply. After I posted, I noticed that barbs of the flight feathers are suddenly appearing on the cage floor. Is that a normal part of a molt?

Yeah, the bird will pull out the old feathers, and new ones will grow.
Thanks for the reply. After I posted, I noticed that ... cage floor. Is that a normal part of a molt?

Yeah, the bird will pull out the old feathers, and new ones will grow.

If you mean barbs, not shafts, it sounds like your bird is damaging its feathers which may be a precursor to feather plucking. My eclectus started by snipping the barbs off the shafts. It seemed to grow into full blown plucking.
By barbs, I mean the needle like feathers that attach to the shaft. When I saw that, plucking seemed a possibility. So, I went and bought some new toys to help boredom along with a cute pinata filled with dry fruit. I also have been spending more time with her each day.

What did you do with your eclectus when he started to pluck?
By barbs, I mean the needle like feathers that attach to the shaft. When I saw that, plucking seemed a ... been spending more time with her each day. What did you do with your eclectus when he started to pluck?

After determining there was no physical cause for the plucking we tried toys, things to rip and shred, and keeping her cage in a place where she is with people all day, but it seems to be related to the mating urge. She plucks when my husband is around and she plucks when she gets angry or frustrated. If husband leaves on business for a few months she lets the feathers grow but within a day of his return will pluck her breast bare. It's very sad.
That is sad. They are such beautiful birds. I wonder if there anything the can safely be put on the bird to discourage plucking. Have you ever taken her to a vet? I'm just wondering because I don't know what they would be able to do.
One can try the "Pluck No More."
http://www.kingscages.com/featherplucking.htm
Regards
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