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#248252 - 09/25/12 10:12 PM Re: All about Feathers [Re: Volk]  
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Hi everyone! Im new to the site and jsut adopted an AMAZING Goffin. She came from a home where she was left in the corner and neglected. She ended up plucking everything off her chest and back and started chewing into her leg. The people who I got her from had taken her from this home in hopes of finding her a permanent home. They found me! I am sooo happy to have her! She is an excellent and super friendly bird and loves to be with me. I have taken her to the vet because she seemed irritated by the sore, probably itchy as it was healing. She was deemed healthy and he recommended I put the oil from the vitamin E capsules on her sore since it was healing and not infected. Shes been here two days and is more than I ever asked for! She get excited when I come home and I put on a little dance for herf and she follows along and then hopes onto my shoulder and nudges me to pet her. Oh how I love her, she will live out her days with me no matter what!


I fell in love with Baby the first day he came home!
#257016 - 10/09/14 12:33 AM Re: All about Feathers [Re: Volk]  
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It should also be noted that feathers do not sprout from all over the bird's body. Instead feathers are arranged in what are called feather tracks. In addition, there are areas called apteria where naturally no feathers grow. Often, when your bird is wet, the apteria will be more noticeably than normal.

Here are some pics I collected from other post on mytoos.

Feather Track1 Feather Track2

Also, if you want to see it on a living bird, you can do a Google image search for baby parrot. When the baby is at the pin feather stage of development, you can definitely see how the feathers are organized. This pattern stays with the bird his/her whole life. Once the feathers are fully in, you have a situation where you can't see the forest for the trees.


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#257785 - 01/19/15 08:02 AM Re: All about Feathers [Re: Volk]  
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http://oi58.tinypic.com/292wpp4.jpg

My poor goffin's cockatoo has an ingrown feather. He does not seem to be particularly bothered by it. Should I attempt to remove it/ leave it be? I am worried that it might become infected like a human ingrown hair. Thank you for any suggestion.

(sorry I wanted to post this in the vet forum but no one has really posted there for a long time)

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#257790 - 01/19/15 01:20 PM Re: All about Feathers [Re: Volk]  
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Do not attempt to remove it yourself. Bring him to a vet before it gets infected. If you break the skin you will just be adding bacteria to an already inflamed area.
You should start your own thread not add on to another. You will get more information that way from people. Adding on it just gets lost in the thread.


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#258390 - 05/05/15 08:59 PM Re: All about Feathers [Re: Volk]  
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Specialist Elbru, I ALWAYS appreciate your well-researched posts!!!

I suspected something like this, and had looked over a number of documents from the cornell ornithology lab but somehow didn't find this answer.... Apteria!

When Griffin first came to me I suspected he had been a feather plucker in his previous home(s). He looks in full feather, but does overpreen, especially his wing feathers on the right side- that "anting" behavior where he stuffs small toys and bits of wood or cardboard in the feathers. The vet said he looked great considering his previous diet and containment in a tiny cage.

Because of his prior experiences he was not interested in being touched at all by humans and would lash out at any approaching hand. He had bitten everyone at his foster home who had tried. I made sure to observe his body language closely and allow HIM to choose whether or not he wanted to be touched at all by me... Over the last few months we have built a good trusting relationship and he now solicits and enjoys head scratches.
Once I was able to handle him I found those two strips of "bald" skin on either side of his neck and was a bit worried. Plucking is such a ubiquitous topic on bird message boards, and although I never see primary feathers on the bottom of his cage I do find apx 3 powder down feathers a day. ( the foster folks told me this was normal and when he came to them it was a LOT more. As I said I googled all over the place and did look at a lot of documents from the cornell ornithology lab that pointed toward my hypothesis of those "strips" being naturally feather-free but never found those two images you posted.

I know that showering can help with itchy skin and overpreening, but Griff is terrified of the spray bottle ( apparently it had been used as a punishment in at least two of his previous homes), and although he talks up a storm if I turn on the shower, he leans REALLY far away for the water stream ( pretty clear body language) and. I don't want to force him and make it a more unpleasant experience. We are working on it, and WILL get there ( as we did with handling and stepping up) but it is a slooooow process.

He is going through a molt right now and has molted out most of his head and neck feathers, and is starting to get new primaries on his left wing. The first one worried me a bit as he can be kind of "violent" with his anting behavior and seemed to bruise the shaft, but the feather seems fine now that the blood has receded. Two more new blood feathers on that side now, but so far none on the right ( which doesn't seem in line with what I read on Dr. Ron Hines' site), but he did come to me with his wings pretty badly butchered from a former caretaker's DIY home trim and I had to take him to the vet to have that sorted out back in January. So I just have been keeping an eye on it( lifting the wings every day and taking a peek, no petting or anything).

I didn't mean for this to be such an extended post, but was SO excited to finally have a word for those featherless strips on his neck ( not visible unless I move the feathers to the side with my fingers) - Apteria!!

Thanks again Specialist Elbru!


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#259730 - 06/10/16 01:28 PM Re: All about Feathers [Re: Volk]  
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Thank you so much for sharing.

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