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Friday, August 5, 2011

Featherless Robin

This featherless robin has been in our neighbourhood for weeks. It has only head and flight feathers but manages to find food and survived the viscous heat. ~ Denise

Could this bird have mange? ~ Lynda

Wow! Poor little guy. I'm glad he's eating well and the weather isn’t too bad. He’ll probably recover.

Feather loss in birds can be caused by numerous factors:
  • Mites, lice, bacteria, and fungal infections-Definite diagnosis is done through examination of the feathers under the microscope, or by taking cultures of the feathers. 
  • Hormonal imbalances-Sometimes a malfunctioning thyroid gland, ovaries, or testicles can result in feather picking. Blood tests or biopsies are needed to confirm that diagnosis. 
  • Dietary deficiencies-A lack of protein, fatty acids, certain vitamins or minerals can result in feather loss and/or feather picking. Even though the bird is eating well it might not have the ability to utilize the nutrients in the food. 
  • Injury-An injury or illness can prevent birds from preening properly. 
  • Psychological problems- Over preening turned to feather plucking might be due to the stress after a shock.
If you give me permission I’ll post the photos on my blog (http://lansingwbu.blogspot.com/) and get some feedback that is more helpful.

Please feel free…thanks for the response. ~ Lynda

1 comment:

Donna Frasca ♋ said...

LoL Chicken legs! Poor thing.