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Hi guys

I recently got two new budgies (I'm not sure about their gender) and they do everything together. However one of them is plucking the other's feathers! At first we thought our budgie was ill because it was losing so many feathers but then we saw it's feathers being plucked by the other budgie when they preen each other.

Why does this happen and how can we stop this?


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Old 08-27-2018, 10:30 AM
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They can lose a lot of feathers during a moult.
If your bird is sitting still, allowing this to happen, tilting its head around to allow better access, then I suspect that this is simply occasional loose feathers falling during mutual preening.
Does your possibly plucked budgie have any bald patches?
Are there any pin feathers coming through?
Can you post any photos or video clip?
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Hi Sheeta, Julia has asked some important questions above, to help us determine more accurately what might be going on. If they get along well and engage in mutual preening, I suspect that it is molting.
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They can lose a lot of feathers during a moult.
If your bird is sitting still, allowing this to happen, tilting its head around to allow better access, then I suspect that this is simply occasional loose feathers falling during mutual preening.
Does your possibly plucked budgie have any bald patches?
Are there any pin feathers coming through?
Can you post any photos or video clip?
Thank you for you reply.

Yes, she does allow it to happen. She has many pin feathers and a bald patch behind her head that is only visible when shes wet after a bath.

A few weeks back when we took her to the vet for the first time, a few of her loose feathers were on the floor including feathers from her wing and her long tail feathers. Thankfully her tail and wing feathers have grown back.

They're still afraid of me but I will try to post pictures/videos on here asap.
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From what you've written in answer to Julia's questions does sound as though your budgie is molting and the other budgie is preening her to get rid of the loose feathers.
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Thank you for your answers, I'm glad she's just molting. These are my new budgies I'm assuming the green one is a female.. What about the yellow budgie?

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Your girls are beautiful Sheeta! Thanks for sharing a pic of them.
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Both of your budgie girls are beautiful!
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Those girls are so cute.

Seems like they have a great bond together as well.
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