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Old 10-09-2012, 03:01 AM
 
Location: Australia
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Is it normal for cockatiels to leave the nest box with no body feathers? I have three that have just left the nest, none with any feathers on the back of thiers heads, backs or top of thier chests. They have all of their wing and tail feathers, and are able to fly.
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Old 10-09-2012, 03:04 AM
 
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Wow, that looks like they were plucked. I am wondering if either the baby or the parents are plucking them?
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Old 10-09-2012, 03:11 AM
 
Location: Australia
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Wow, that looks like they were plucked. I am wondering if either the baby or the parents are plucking them?
I think you may be right... It's most likely the mother, the last brood were the same and it would also explain why my male is missing feathers on the back of his head D:
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:59 AM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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i can almost guarente momma is plucking them.
if you havent already get them out of there and into their own cage...and if your going to allo this pair to continue breeding you going to need to start pulling to hand feed instead of letting the parents raise.
mommas who pluck to this extent OFTEN eventually start plucking thier clutches to death...
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