no feathers on head of bird
(Ipswich Qld Australia)
I have 2 gouldians, in different cages, with no feathers on their heads. The 2nd one appeared to be losing its feathers from when we first bought it. I am unsure why they have no feathers or what to do to help them? Can you please help?
Some Gouldians, I have seen, for no apparent reason have trouble maintaining head feathers. The research I've done suggests there is a dietary deficiency. While it never worked with any of my birds suffering the same problem, the lack of enough Iodine is often thought to be the cause. I kept cuttlebone, a mineral block and mineralized oyster shell grit in all of my birds cages. I even gave them supplemental Iodine in their water to no avail. A few got head feathers with their next molt, but must of the suffering ones pretty much stayed that way. Since feathers are made up of mostly protein, I offered extra egg food too, but I rarely noticed any improvement. I hope some of my readers who have had better success than I will send you their stories and better ideas. I hate to not be more encouraging.
Best Wishes, Jeanie