Bald Male Gouldian
(Salt Lake City, Ut)
My male gouldian looks like he is going bald. Is it molting or could it be a mite or disease?
Balding is frequently a real problem among Gouldians. Molting starts with the shedding of feathers in other areas on the bird's body. Disease is not known to be a cause. There could be mites, a nutritional defect, such as a lack of some of the trace elements, inadequate artificial sun light or any number of other environmental reasons. I have read that a good way to check for mites is to put a white handkerchief in the nest box over night. If the problem is mites, there should be some tiny red speck like mites that can be seen on the cloth early the next morning.
I have never been able to get a bald bird to regrow lost head feathers and I have tried everything I ever heard of. Why it happens to just a few birds and not everyone in the same cage has made me wonder if it could be caused by an undesirable genetic mutation. Hopefully another visitor will add a comment that will be more helpful.
Wish I had a better answer, Jeanie