Hobbyists and bird breeders rarely see their beloved birds pluck their own feathers. The bird’s behavior of plucking its own feathers is relatively rare under normal circumstances. Birds pluck their own feathers due to many factors, but especially the parrots of crooked birds, there are few exceptions where some bird species such as cockatoos are in good health and often pluck their own feathers before nesting and laying.
You need to know the symptoms of bird behavior as early as possible in order to make decisions faster. Below are some of the causes of birds plucking their own feathers. Some can be resolved at home, but some require a veterinary diagnosis. Health problems in birds can be eliminated with proper care, nutritious feeding, and keep the cage clean by getting used to disinfectant at least once a week.
Clinical Symptoms when Birds often Pluck Their Own Feathers.
Here are the clinical symptoms you can detect when the pet birds at home often pull out their own feathers.
Skin irritation is the biggest cause of birds plucking its feathers. This is closely related to the infection of mites, bacteria, fungi, or viruses. You should check the skin under the feathers of the bird. Some species of mites are known to live and breed in layers of skin and feathers.
Mites, bacteria, and fungus attacks often cause itching on the affected part.
Birds can face problems related to their mental condition. It happens when he is dealing with similar birds, and he feels lost or scared.
Some stressed birds will do, among other things, like plucking their own feathers, no longer wanting to sit, restless, and so on.
You must train the bird mentally to be strong. There are many ways to train your birds depending on the type of bird you have.
When birds are in check there are no mites, the habit of plucking the hairs are caused by other factors, including malnutrition.
The minimum nutritious feed should contain the energy of metabolism, protein, fat, coarse fiber, as well as some other essential vitamins and minerals.
You try to feed the fat content is not too high, while the protein content adjusted to the growth and reproduction period (for breeders). Metabolic energy should be sufficient to support daily bird activity.
When the consumed feed does not meet the nutritional standards, the growth and appearance of the feathers become ugly, the skin looks dry and easy to peel. This facilitates the occurrence of secondary infections that give rise to itching.
Birds pluck his feathers with very easy to fall directly. This is usually due to hormonal disorders. When the hormonal disorder occurs, the bird feels itching on his body which he thinks comes from the surface of the skin or feathers.
Due to internal disease.
Another possibility of the bird’s habit of plucking its feathers is the appearance of the disease from within its body. Giardia infections (giardiasis) caused by microorganisms in the intestine will cause itching that birds suspect comes from the skin or fur.
Infection caused by bacteria Chlamydophila pneumonia and some liver diseases can affect skin irritation.
You can read: Reproductive Behavior of Cockatiel or Falk Birds.