Ask Lafeber


September 13, 2022


So I just got a 7 months cockatiel. The previous owner told me that his daughter pulled his feathers out . But I wonder is he sick because he has some bold spots ?


Hi Keis,

Do you mean a child pulled the bird’s feathers out? That was very irresponsible of any adults in the home, if a child was allowed to pull out a bird’s feathers to the point of leave bare spots. Normally a bird only ends up with bald spots if he picks out his own feathers. It would be very unusual for a bird that young to do that. But it sounds like he didn’t come from a good situation if a child was allowed to abuse him. It would be best to take him to an avian vet for a check up to determine why the feathers are gone and rule out any health conditions.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,


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