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Neck and head feather loss. Help.

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17 posts
Sep 12, 2010
7:27 AM
Some of my birds are losing neck and head feathers. Is this part of the molt, insects, hot weather?

Can anyone define the problem and help me with a solution, or is it even a problem?
2023 posts
Sep 12, 2010
9:20 AM
Jigger, most likely it's just the molt but look for parasites. Look along their flight feathers for mites and as you handle them watch for pigeon lice. If you see nothing, then wait a week and check again, still nothing, just the molt. Do they look like there is any blood? If yes then an older bird could be pecking them. I hope this is some help.

Take care
767 posts
Sep 12, 2010
9:50 AM
Alot of my birds are pretty heavy into the molt and some are starting to get the bald head also. Look for what Thom described and dry scaly skin. Probably just the molt.

Raul Carreiro
115 posts
Sep 12, 2010
10:08 AM
Jigger loosing feathers on the head is natural! To help prevent it try rubbing some Rogain on their head! Works for my birds. Just Kidding!
Take care,
149 posts
Sep 12, 2010
10:32 AM
Jigger, it just the molt. To help the birds with the molt, give some black sunflower seeds and some extra safflower in there feed, the oils help with the new feathers. Also so vitimans or a small amount of red cell in the water would help aswell.
18 posts
Sep 13, 2010
10:30 AM
thanks to everyone who responded.
gentle johnnie
202 posts
Sep 13, 2010
12:17 PM
All my birds in havey moult- can't even keep loft clean- clean twice week now.Sure that is problem it's that time of year. GOD BLESS!!!
Gentle Johnnie "Angels of the Sky Loft"
234 posts
Sep 14, 2010
8:25 AM
You can add some epsom salts to the bath water. It will help relax the birds during the moult some and if you have any parasites it will help get rid of them.
Dave - Hesperia, CA.

(San Bernardino Mountain Spinners)
19 posts
Sep 15, 2010
7:02 AM

How much is "some epsom salts", ie how much per gallon for example?
235 posts
Sep 15, 2010
8:11 AM
I use 1/2 cup per gallon
Dave - Hesperia, CA.

(San Bernardino Mountain Spinners)
20 posts
Sep 17, 2010
6:44 AM
pacos bill
117 posts
Sep 17, 2010
10:27 AM
Jigger Add Boraxo at 2 tbl spoons to a gallon of bath water. This will help the molt, and also debug the birds. You can even sprinkle a little in the nest bowls to reduce mites / lice and other pest. Oh and sweep it in your carpet to rid it of fleas if you should have the peoblem.
Pacos Bill
21 posts
Sep 26, 2010
6:36 AM
thanks, Bill.

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