Join Date: Oct 2009
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Hi Alicia and welcome. I like Daisy thought she may be a he that hasn't gotten his ring yet. My guys didn't get theirs till they were over 4. Also her head seems to be slightly flat which usually indicates a male, most males tend to have more of a block head compared to females.
Also she/he may be in moult at the moment. Mine are and they look like ? well I think you get the idea. But yes it is possible that plucking is occurring because of stress more than anything. But if the bird is finally going through puberty (some go through later than others) that will stress them enough. With all this weird weather we have been having it has thrown moulting times completely out of kilter. Mine moulted in November and now again January February, this has happened with mine before. It happened when the boys got their rings in. They moulted in November and got one black feather in their rings each, then in February they went into another moult and the ring came fully in after that one.
I am just trying to remember if mine use their feet to hold things like food, mine are in a large aviary, so I don't see them and the only time they are in smaller cages is when they go to a show. But there doesn't look to be any problems with grip as she is holding onto the feed dish quite well. When in a show mine do tend to favour the feeder over the perch alot of the time so I don't think that is a big problem, may just be an Alex thing.
With the size the first thing I thought of was an Alex/IRN hybrid. This has happened alot over here with people trying to get the IRN colours into the Alex. Most of the Alex's over here tend to be the Nepalese.
Other than that just try to give her plenty of fruit and veges. Mine like pretty much everything. Favorites tend to be apple, capsicum, pumpkin, silverbeet, endive, mandarin, chilli, snow peas, and they are rather partial to the odd Milk Arrowroot Biscuit.