feathers missing on the head
by Marilyn Jean
I just came back from the dr. again. My red head, every year he loses his feathers around his ears. We are treating for air sac mites for the 3rd. time. Not sure if that is the problem, he also has a very dark black beak, not like the black head, which is bright red. Any idea why he keeps losing his head feathers?
I can't comment on the beak color. I really have not seen that.
There are many theories as to why feathers on the head are lost. Mites is one cause, but I think more often it is diet or plucking by others. I would review the diet that the bird has available to him to be certain that it contains plenty of egg food because feathers are mostly made of protein. An Iodine deficency is also often to blame. An Iodine supplelment can added to the diet. I liked to keep a cup of mineralized oyster shell grit available at all times too.
This is a frequent problem with Gouldians and may not correct itself quickly.
Good luck, Jeanie