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Hello all! I brought home this little guy/gal today: https://i.imgur.com/zR0DGCU.jpg

I saw her in the pet store and my heart leapt. I frequent this garden/pet store and two of our four birds (one parakeet and our cockatiel) are from there. They said some guy dropped her off because he was moving to his home country. Apparently the guy was just going to "put her outside". The store took her and put her in sorta-isolation for about 10 days while they observed her. They said there seems to be nothing wrong with her, but they are clearly not avian vets. Said she's active, friendly, runs like crazy and has a tendency to leap. LOL There was a post-it note on the cage that simply said NOT FOR SALE. They just had plans to make her a store bird and let her enjoy whatever life she'd have.

I asked if I could take her home. Since they know me, they let me have her for free. They knew she'd have a good home with me.

And, yes, before I get too far into this, yes, she's in a different room/cage. And yes, she's going to the vet as soon as I can get her in Monday.

Her demeanor is good. Very active, inquisitive, eating, pooping, checking out her new toys, etc. Chirping. But she's missing a LOT of feathers. No tail feathers, no long wing feathers. I'd say at least 50% of her feathers are gone. I can see pin feathers coming in, but not in all places. I asked the gal who took him in if she knew anything about the bird (from what the "owner" told her), but he just said the bird has always been like that, had a cagemate, but didn't see the cagemate plucking Peanut. Bird came from PetSmart and is two years old or less. But who knows how accurate any of this is.

So, she's (he?) mine. And I love her. I've never really seen a parakeet with feather loss like this. Aside from her small(er) size and the missing feathers, she's really quiet normal. I'm hoping it's just a nutritional issue or something simple. I'm scared it might be PBFD.

Anyone have any input while I wait to get the little one into the vet's?


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Oh poor little thing, she does look to be in a bit of a mess doesn’t she, though it’s good to hear that she’s behaving as though she is well.

Her beak looks as though it might be a little overgrown, and it’s interesting that the feathers on her head (as far as I can see) seem to be pretty normal - have you seen any signs that she could also be feather picking?

Good luck with the vet visit, please let us know the outcome.
In the meantime, as well as keeping her in a different room, make sure that you sort your other birds daily duties first before addressing hers, in order to help keep any infection risk low.
Best of luck, she/he (not quite sure from that photo) looks to be quite an endearing little character.
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Thank you for rescuing this little sweetheart and giving her a safe and loving home!

I'm sure the Avian Vet will be able to give you a proper diagnosis and treatment plan for her. In the meantime, I'm glad to know she's in good hands with someone who loves her.

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Thanks for the replies! Little peanut had a great night's sleep and is already chirping this morning.

Faery, I'll read all the FAQ stuff - thank you!

I hope it's not PBFD. If it is, I think the best option would be to rehome to a place that either has 1) no birds or 2) birds with PBFD. The idea of my other birds catching this terrifies me. We have a fairly small house, so even in another room, I'm not sure how safe it would be. We have three other parakeets and one cockatiel.
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Hi there and to the forums!

Karma for taking in this sweet little girl

I'm so glad she's in the hands of someone who will care for her and get her the care she needs.

I'm so glad she's doing well after her first night with you and I look forward to hearing how the vet visit goes!

I'm glad you read through the stickies and articles, let us know if you have any questions about anything!

Hope to see you around the forums and to hear more about how Peanut is doing!

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I hear your concerns about PBFD, so crossing fingers it is not. She is not missing feathers on the head, and only in distinct patches, which doesn’t look like a typical pattern of the disease. Feather picking isn’t common among budgies, but birds can pluck for medical reasons more commonly than behavioral. A more common one being toxicity within the body. For example, if she had low levels of heavy metals in her system, not enough to kill her, can make some birds pluck.

I think it’s great you’re taking her for a vet visit to determine exactly what is going on, and treatment. Let us know what the vet thinks!
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I've seen nothing that indicates *she/he* might be the one doing the feather picking, but it's hard to say. There are pin feathers coming in in some places. I think she looks younger, but I don't know how accurate any of the information I received was. I wish I had more info, and when I go back to the pet/garden store I got her from, I'll ask more questions.
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I hear your concerns about PBFD, so crossing fingers it is not. She is not missing feathers on the head, and only in distinct patches, which doesn’t look like a typical pattern of the disease. Feather picking isn’t common among budgies, but birds can pluck for medical reasons more commonly than behavioral. A more common one being toxicity within the body. For example, if she had low levels of heavy metals in her system, not enough to kill her, can make some birds pluck.

I think it’s great you’re taking her for a vet visit to determine exactly what is going on, and treatment. Let us know what the vet thinks!
The girl I spoke with at the store said the "owner" said the bird was housed with another at one point and the cage she was received in was disgusting, so I'm hoping it's that rather than a virus. Either way, she's in much better hands now, no matter what her future holds.

She exhibits no other signs of any kind of problems. No labored breathing. Poops look normal (though they were watery when I first took her home). Active. No itching, plucking. No bumps or redness I can see.

I'm very curious to see what the vet says.
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By the way, she's definitely a little girl I truly hope that is something easily curable

Looking forward to an update!
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What an adorable angel!!! I hope all goes well and the vet can get you some answers. Either way, I'm glad she found you and she's being loved and cared for. Good luck and keep us posted!
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