Gray flakes coming off quaker parrot? - Mothering Forums

Thread Tools
#1 of 3 Old 01-10-2014, 10:44 PM - Thread Starter
LiLStar's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: WA
Posts: 3,439
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 44 Post(s)
My mom has a quaker parrot, and whenever I visit I help her with her new feathers on her neck k, covered in that white sheeths. I open them up and she loves it. Such a sweet bird. If birds could purr... She was purring! Anyway, I'm used to getting all that white stuff on my shirt when I do that. This time though, in addition, I also found a bunch of gray specks. Never seen anything like that come off her. Each one is about the size of a poppy seed. Any idea what that could be, and if it could be a sign of a problem? (mites?)

dd (9) ds (7), ds (4) & ds (1)
LiLStar is offline  
Sponsored Links
#2 of 3 Old 01-14-2014, 11:00 AM
cynthia mosher's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: The Motherland
Posts: 38,824
Mentioned: 46 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 147 Post(s)

Bumping up for input. Anyone with a parrot who might have some info to share?

cynthia mosher is offline  
#3 of 3 Old 01-14-2014, 12:04 PM
SweetSilver's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Westfarthing
Posts: 6,267
Mentioned: 31 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 232 Post(s)

I don't know parrots, but I know chickens.  The sheaths are a normal part of a molt.  Slow molts you might not notice anything except the debris from the sheaths and some extra feathers lying around.  


The specks, now, they could possibly be mites or lice.  On chickens, mites and lice congregate around the ears and the vent--especially the vent because of the moisture.  You need the bird to be calm and willing, and you need to really get the feathers aside to see what's going on there.  The specks might otherwise be part of the normal molting process, but it sounds suspicious.  However, if the bird has had no contact with other birds, getting parasites is problematic and would cause me to lean towards a side effect of molting.  But check anyway.  It does sound suspicious.

"She is a mermaid, but approach her with caution. Her mind swims at a depth most would drown in."
SweetSilver is offline  


User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Online Users: 9,049

18 members and 9,031 guests
AllTomorrowsParties , beedub , Deborah , Janeen0225 , japonica , katelove , kathymuggle , lauren , malehirt23 , Michele123 , NaturallyKait , rightkindofme , RollerCoasterMama , shantimama , Shmootzi , Springshowers
Most users ever online was 449,755, 06-25-2014 at 12:21 PM.