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I do not have one nor have I ever seen one apart from photos. Does anyone else have one, or know much about them?



Just a random photo from googling images for the condition, they can't be comfortable, and they couldn't see!? I've heard they don't live long...is this true? Or is it possible to have a happy and healthy feather duster (with regular feather maintenance i'm guessing!)

And is there a specific cause of this mutation?
 

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Its true that they don't live long.. not sure how long but I'm guessing under 5 years :(
They are really interesting.. and if it didn't cost them to have a short life & they were pretty much like normal budgies (with some extra feathers ;)) I think they would be an amazing little budgie to own :p
I've never met one in person.. only pictures :)
 

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I've never bred one and I don't want to. A lot of breeders do get them. It is a recessive genetic condition. It is more common with exhibition type budgies that have been bred from related parents. The feather dusters need to eat lot more than normal budgies so that they can grow feathers, they usually only live a few months
 

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I wonder why the life spand is so short? Apart from carrying extra weight with all those feathers they don't seem to have any health issues? Sad though that it's the product of imbred parents, If that's the only way to get one i guess that would explain the life span, it's whole make up would just be whacked...

so, cute as heck in theory but awful reality. thanks nev
 

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It would sap a lot of extra and nutrients to continuously produce the feathers, instead of only once every few months when they molt. I'm guessing thats why their life span is so short.
 

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Not only do they not live long, but they can't fly either. They have difficulty preening themselves, and because they have to live on the floor of the cage, tend to get poop caught in the feathers and have to be kept clean. All in all, not as cute as it looks! It is very debilitating for a bird to be born this way.

If you like the way it looks, you might consider a Silkie chicken. It is a healthy breed of chicken (though flightless), which is said to have an excellent temperament as a pet. It would be hard to find though.



I say that because I don't agree with the idea of breeding and selling unhealthy animals for pets or other purposes. Animals should be bred for health first, appearance second. Purebred dogs, white tigers, and inbred animals are all examples of animals being bred for unhealthy traits which shorten their lifespan and cause them pain. We must take care not to create demand for such abuses, but to urge people not to reproduce animals at high risk for disease and debilitating defects.

/rant :eek:
 

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The life span is short because they cannot physically eat enough to maintain the constant feather growth. You know how grumpy your birds are during a moult? How sad and lethargic they can become? Its a big strain and these birds live that way constantly.

They average about 5 months un-assisted in most cases, I know of some living to 10-12 months with cleaning, trimming and assisted tube feeds and they were happy little guys, but sadly no-one has yet been able to create a diet that enables their little bodies to manage the huge demand placed on them by the feather growth.
 

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Not only do they not live long, but they can't fly either. They have difficulty preening themselves, and because they have to live on the floor of the cage, tend to get poop caught in the feathers and have to be kept clean. All in all, not as cute as it looks! It is very debilitating for a bird to be born this way.

If you like the way it looks, you might consider a Silkie chicken. It is a healthy breed of chicken (though flightless), which is said to have an excellent temperament as a pet. It would be hard to find though.



I say that because I don't agree with the idea of breeding and selling unhealthy animals for pets or other purposes. Animals should be bred for health first, appearance second. Purebred dogs, white tigers, and inbred animals are all examples of animals being bred for unhealthy traits which shorten their lifespan and cause them pain. We must take care not to create demand for such abuses, but to urge people not to reproduce animals at high risk for disease and debilitating defects.

/rant :eek:
I love silkies, alas i have no spare money to spend on pets right now. I agree that animals should be healthy and happy. thankyou for your comments :)
 
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