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December 21, 2018

feathers


Hi.I need your help please.
Only yesterday i was given an Indian red Neck. It seems to be young judging still from what i have been reading.
Its previous owner died recently and was put up for adoption. I notice he is missing some feathers around his neck and below his head.
He seems very happy and lively apart from what i mentioned.
what i can do to help him grow his feathers back diet wise please ? are thing like raisins good for him ( dried fruit ) i offered him apple today and loved it , being his second day today i am letting him adjust to the surroundings like voices and house noise and seems to respond when spoken to. Thank you in advanceAlfred


Answer:

Hi Alfred,

Congratulations on your new bird. It sounds like he plucked his own feathers, possibly grieving for his owner or he may have been doing this for a while. When you get a new bird, it is a good idea to take him to an avian vet for a check up. The vet can also try to determine if there is a health issue causing the feather plucking.

Going slow is good for now. I am going to give you some links to help you with his diet as well as working with him as a pet.

Bird Food Guide

Caring For Your Bird

Happy Holidays!

Brenda

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