I got a female budgie named Pixie a few days ago from someone who didn’t want it anymore. She is loosing some contour feathers and lot of down feathers. The budgie looks normal from the front and back but when she stretches her wings or scratches you can see her missing feathers. She is moulting at the moment but my other budgies don’t moult like this. Is she plucking feathers?
Ps. She is currently living with a male budgie in 30cm x 30cm cage (I know this is too small and I’m going to move them to a much bigger one after they finish quarantine). She is active and alert and likes to play with toys.
Last edited by budgiekisses; 12-27-2018 at 11:24 PM.
It looks to me like a heavy molt which is why the chest looks so splotchy and the head has a lot on pin feathers. Give her some additional protein sources like egg food or a hard boiled egg or cooked quinoa to help with the feather growth.
From the pictures posted, it appears your budgie is simply molting.
Feeding additional protein as Cody recommended during the molt will be helpful.
If you feed quinoa, please make sure you rinse it several times before cooking it.