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Hi all, I'm sure I've already answered the question myself, but I thought I would post anyways to see if I am wrong/to rant.

I noticed a bit of pink peeking through Moxie's (my little blue budgie)feathers on his head, so I caught him to have a look as he is molting quite heavily (darn feathers are everywhere!). I rubbed my finger away from his back and up his head and the entire back of his head is bald! I can't tell if he has been plucked by Ava or not. I can't get a picture as I am home alone, and it takes two (one to hold and one to snap the picture).

I'm guessing he has been plucked by Ava due to stress (we just moved to a new house a week and a half ago - their first move) and/or is having an extremely heavy molt.

Now the rant! I called two vets! Their regular vet and the vet I bring my cat and rats to. Their regular vet (well, the receptionist) said not to bring him in and to just observe them, and if it gets WORSE to call and bring him in
I don't want it to get worse, he is already bald! The second vet - the Avian vet is off sick
That I can understand, I'm not mad at that one, but really? Wait until it gets worse? Poor Moxie


Sorry for the long post
I'm just worried about my little guy





 

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Lisa,

Right now, I would leave it alone. If it's a bad moult, it's not worth the stress on Moxie nor the money for a vet visit. Does he have any pins anywhere or have you noticed any feathers about? If Ava is plucking him, there's really nothing to be done for it other than separating them or letting her pluck... :frown: We had a pair of parrotlet's at the store where the female plucked the male completely bald and we let them be. They were bonded for a year before they came to us and they clearly loved eachother to death - we think she wasn't plucking him so much as preening so badly they came out! :lol: he had these little scraps of feathers left on his head, he looked so goofy but if he ever got scared he made these pathetic little peeps and hid under the females belly :lovehearts: It wasn't worth the stress and heartbreak of separating them for something primarily cosmetic... he wasn't bothered by it at all and begged for head scratches all the time :shrug:
 

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Thank you Jenny! They get along fine, and there are a lot of feathers EVERYWHERE at the moment. I noticed a few areas where it appeard that feathers were growing in? So I'm hoping it is just a bad molt - we did just move so maybe the stress brought it on?

Thank you again Jenny!
 

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Lisa,

Right now, I would leave it alone. If it's a bad moult, it's not worth the stress on Moxie nor the money for a vet visit. Does he have any pins anywhere or have you noticed any feathers about? If Ava is plucking him, there's really nothing to be done for it other than separating them or letting her pluck... :frown: We had a pair of parrotlet's at the store where the female plucked the male completely bald and we let them be. They were bonded for a year before they came to us and they clearly loved eachother to death - we think she wasn't plucking him so much as preening so badly they came out! :lol: he had these little scraps of feathers left on his head, he looked so goofy but if he ever got scared he made these pathetic little peeps and hid under the females belly :lovehearts: It wasn't worth the stress and heartbreak of separating them for something primarily cosmetic... he wasn't bothered by it at all and begged for head scratches all the time :shrug:
That's so sweet Jenny. I am very familiar with the pathetic little peeps, Niblet found out very quickly that they work on me :biggrin5:
 
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