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Old 09-03-2018, 07:44 AM
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Hey everyone, in April I bought a young male budgie and we bonded really well. But then I felt that I wasn't able to give enough time to him so I got a female budgie of his age in june so that he doesn't feel lonely. Initially they had problems but now they get along pretty well.

A few days ago I noticed my male plucking his feather. I noticed him doing that today too and now I think it's getting worse.

I really have no idea what to do what how to stop that. Please provide me some advice thank you!!

Here's a video of him

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Since you have a mixed gender pair, you need to ensure you are doing everything necessary to discourage any breeding behaviors.

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Rearranging their cage frequently, and limiting the light they get to 8 hours a day will help tremendously. Please be sure you never put a nest box or anything that could be used as a nesting site in their cage.

When they come into condition, limit the amount of protein in their diet at that time.

I'd also suggest you replace the wooden dowel perches with natural wood perches of varying diameters to help prevent pressure sores.

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With regard to the plucking - is your budgie just messing with the one feather or is he pulling multiple feathers out? In the video it appears the one feather is loose and your budgie is playing with it because it is bothering him.
If that is not the case and he is actually pulling multiple feathers that is another issue.

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I also have the same question but.. I've tried searching many different post and even took a video to show my local pet store. Balu seems to play/peek/lick his feathers. I do not see any feathers being pull off or in the bottom of the cage since I clean his cage everyday... I still get worried whether he is ok or not. My pet store say it's normal that Budgies sometimes just clean their feathers so I should give me a bath bowl every morning.

Still not too sure whether this is something I should be concerned about though..
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I also have the same question but.. I've tried searching many different post and even took a video to show my local pet store. Balu seems to play/peek/lick his feathers. I do not see any feathers being pull off or in the bottom of the cage since I clean his cage everyday... I still get worried whether he is ok or not. My pet store say it's normal that Budgies sometimes just clean their feathers so I should give me a bath bowl every morning.

Still not too sure whether this is something I should be concerned about though..
From what you described it sounds like Balu is simply preening. Birds do this many times a day every day to keep their feathers clean and in place. Loose feathers might sometimes fall out during the grooming process, but this is also normal as birds replace feathers through molting.

Imagine a cat - they lick themselves everyday, and will loose some fur in the process. Birds need to put just as much work in keeping their feathers in good order.
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From what you described it sounds like Balu is simply preening. Birds do this many times a day every day to keep their feathers clean and in place. Loose feathers might sometimes fall out during the grooming process, but this is also normal as birds replace feathers through molting.

Imagine a cat - they lick themselves everyday, and will loose some fur in the process. Birds need to put just as much work in keeping their feathers in good order.
Thank you very much!! Maybe i'm just worrying too much but I really want Balu to be healthy and happy
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Jesska has a good answer.

It’s unusual to see a budgie who is truly feather plucking. Certain parrot species are more or less prone than others, and it’s not commonly seen in budgies.

When a bird plucks itself, the cause is most often a medical problem (hormones, poisoning, etc) which takes an avian vet to figure out through diagnostics.
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