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Old 05-31-2017, 12:07 AM   #1
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Stubborn pin feathers

So Kiwi has had ongoing pin feathers on his chest right under his face for the longest time (7 months). They are dark green so I'm assuming they are still developing. He is crazy about picking at them and has even plucked some feathers around them where there is now skin showing.

Luckily he doesn't pluck feathers anywhere else and his neck feathers cover his skin so you can't really tell. He does currently bath once a week.

Is there anything I can do to help speed up his pin feather development and discourage him from plucking around them?
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You mean the same pin Feathers for seven months? Even if he can't reach them, the outer shell should wear off by then. Plucking is odd also. Are you sure he's pulling the feathers and you don't just see bare neck when he's stretching tall or something? I would love a picture because I'm not sure I'm understanding correctly.
Baths help, and misting but some birds hate spray bottles watch out.
I take my Lilly who plucks in the shower with me. She's the only one who will stay on my hand. I have also held her and just put her right under a warm stream if water. I only bled a little.
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Pin feathers don't take months to grow, only a couple of days. If they really are pin feathers for months, something is going on. I would want an avian vet to check it out to make sure he's okay.
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Sometimes I think that Levi has had the same pin feathers for ages.. right at his jaw by his beak. But for some reason I think those fall out more often than a normal moult (maybe because of his beak rubbing?) So while they look like they are always the same feather, they are actually a different feather in the same place.

Do you ever see them turn white?
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Bogie almost always has some pin feathers sticking out. Birds can molt in many different ways. Some get it over with and some have a perpetual molt going on, like Bogie. He has never been covered with a lot of pin feathers ( pinnies) all over his head and neck. He just has them all the time, here and there. Even when I fortify his diet, he molts the same.

If I remember correctly, the parrotlet book I have said that there were 5 different types of molting. I wouldn't worry too much.
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Sometimes I think that Levi has had the same pin feathers for ages.. right at his jaw by his beak. But for some reason I think those fall out more often than a normal moult (maybe because of his beak rubbing?) So while they look like they are always the same feather, they are actually a different feather in the same place.

Do you ever see them turn white?
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It's kind of weird you say that, I think the whiter pinnies are deffinatetly the ones can be broken open, and on Melody I can see the blue feather underneath but stay away from any dark portions as that is still growing. I've noticed those ones around the beak are really sensitive even when they are fully done.
On Tobie, his actual feathers are white, and it's so weird because the white feathers seem to be more stubborn for me to break open! I don't understand how the color of a feather could change the difficulty of opening the pinnies?
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I think feather color also reflects protein amount in feathers. My last bird was a lutino cockatiel and she was almost white, and her feathers were much weaker than Tumi's darker feathers. Even within the same bird, my perception is that the darker ones are stronger than the lighter ones. It could be an illusion, or it could be true.
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I think feather color also reflects protein amount in feathers. My last bird was a lutino cockatiel and she was almost white, and her feathers were much weaker than Tumi's darker feathers. Even within the same bird, my perception is that the darker ones are stronger than the lighter ones. It could be an illusion, or it could be true.
Oooo interesting. It does seem that way when I "preen" his they feel more fragile. He lets me scritch him sometimes now Both he and Lilly are bonding with me a bit more now, slowly.
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