I've had Sunny (cockatiel) for about 5 months now... when I got him he just had the tiny soft feathers (down?) around his neck and had some bald patches underneath his wings... I just assumed that he was a bit young and hadn't grown them yet, but I'm beginning to wonder... He still hasn't had normal feather growth around his neck yet and now that he is letting me scratch around his head and neck there is a fairly large bald patch on his neck about the size of an english penny. The skin looks a bit dry too... It seems to be in a very hard place for him to be plucking them out of, but thats the only thing I can think of... and I've never seen him actually doing anything like that. Has anyone got any ideas what it might be and what I can do to help?
Is sunny an only bird or does he have company? if he has company maybe he is having his feathers plucked for him?
If he is an only bird there may be many reasons for him to have bald patches. Are his droppings normal? Do his bald patches seem to irritate him?
I have found a link for you called Cockatiel Cottage, if you cant find the answer to your question there is an option to email the owner of the site and she may be able to help you. I have used this myself for a couple of questions and they are very good
Hi, he lived on his own for three months but then I got him a friend. I suspect that he has had this problem since I got him as he has never had more than baby feathers around his neck... his friend honestly could not get close enough to do this to him... they don't get on brilliantly and generally just keep out of each other's way! His droppings seem fine... and I don't think that the bald patches irritate him, he doesn't seem to be particularly focusing his grooming or scratching on them... I'll try that site first, then if that doesn't work I'll try and find an avian vet over here! Thanks for your help people!