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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-15-2016, 10:42 AM Thread Starter
 
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Baby's Feathers

We adopted our young cockatiel, Baby, this past May.

His feathers were fine and he had a long tail and looked as a healthy tiel would look.

Since he had a molt, though, his feathers look rather 'ratty' (sorry to use this expression, but I can't think of anything else). He looks dishevelled, and he doesn't have a full tail anymore.

All I was able to find online was that perhaps Vitamin D and/or exposure to sunlight might help him.

Other than his feather issues, he is perfectly healthy and he eats extremely well. Not only does he chow down on gourmet/regular seed, he eats all manner of vegetables, lean meats and fruit, grains such as bread, rice, pasta, etc.

Does anyone have any advice for Baby? What could be causing his feathers to be this way?
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He might just not be the best at preening! Some birds aren't that great at it. You can encourage him to preen by giving him regular, gentle mistings and he will have to preen more to get dry. That will also help improve feather condition. Does he often hang on the side of the cage? That can fray tail feathers as well as catching them on toys. Try and get your hands on some red palm oil. My cockatiels love it on toast crumbled up. I have noticed a huuuge difference in my birds since I started using it consistently about a year ago

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Thanks for the tips. Baby is only in his cage at night to sleep; other than that, he hangs out with Bill all the time.
He sleeps in his food dish.

I'll tell Bill to mist him more often, and I'll definitely check into the red palm oil.

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No problem! The toast method is probably one of the only ways I can get my tiels to eat the palm oil other than with scrambled eggs. I find cockatiels so fussy

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