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A 4 year old budgie to start plucking? Nothings changed. Could the cold be making her pluck? Its been in the low 50's at night.

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to me common sense would say "its cold, i need my feathers" so i wont think its the cold...


however, you do house them in the outside shed? is it possible, with the cold weather, external parasites are trying to seek warmth? its possible to have mites, mites can cause plucking.


giardia can too, if their water is contaminated from rain or the elements it *can* be a possibility. where is she plucking? if the legs, shoulders, lower back, and under the wings are specifically targeted, i would test for giardia.


actually, i would bring her to the vet to rule out mites, giardia, dietary allergies, illness, and heavy metal poisoning. heavy metal poisoning can cause plucking. and if your cages are exposed to any sort of elements rust can happen on the cages and through climbing she may ingest some, which can cause it. i would think a vet check is in order here to rule these out.

could it be over crowding? maybe there are too many other budgies in the cage for her preference and might prefer more space to herself and a few buddies that she likes? is she getting bullied by another bird?



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There flight cage is being held on the wall by hooks that could have lead in them maybe? Maybe thats whats causing it? I treated for for mites they have water bottles to illiminate giardia. As for the cage being over crowded i am budgie sitting some maybe its that?

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i would still do a vet check to be safe. what did you use to treat for mites? i dont mean scaly face mites, i mean feather mites.

heavy metal needs to be diagnosed by a vet.


did you put the budgies you are sitting inside the cage with your budgies? if that is the case, if one of them was carrying giardia or another disease you could have unintentionally introduced it to your birds. you should always quarantine new birds, be them your own new ones or someone elses you just don't want disease outbreak.

the hooks could be metal poisoning if they are not stainless steel... i would most definitely get her seen by a vet.



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I would suggest you definitely take the bird to the vet. It's not very common for budgies to pluck so when they do, I'd think it'd be a very serious problem.




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If there is a nest box present, she may be trying to line it. I've found that with a couple of my hens if they don't like the material provided. Mostly they pick up moulted feathers but I wouldn't say it was uncommon to take some of their own

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