re baldness in gouldians
Hi my name is les and i have just started keeping gouldian finches,i bought some from a friend of mine who has kept them for over 40 years,when i bought them as youngsters they were all in good condition, now i find i have one that is going bald, i have asked people if they know why this is and no one seems to know,i was just wondering if you have any idea what causes this and if so could you advise me how to treat this bird?. I look forward to hearing back from you. many thanks for taking time to read this,
from the UK.
Baldness is frequently a problem with Gouldians. I have read and been told that it is almost always caused by a nutritional deficiency with the main culprit being Iodine. I keep a dish of mineralized oyster shell grit in all my Gouldians' cages, but I cannot tell you that none of my birds ever had baldness problems. Another thought to consider, since feathers are almost completely made of protein, would be to be sure that egg food is available each day.
If it is at all possible, I would go back to the friend breeder from whom you got the bird and pick his brain for details about how, when and what he feeds his birds.
Last of all is to consider mites. Pyrethrin in a paper bag is the best treatment I know for this problem. Just put the bird in a bag with pyrethrin in it. Don't shake it. The bird will be fluffing around in the bag on his own, enough to dust himself.
Good Luck, Jeanie