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Old 03-03-2017, 01:37 PM
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hi everyone
I've noticed that on one of our babies has a strange spot where there is no feathers, no sticks or even down feathers, just pink skin. the aria starts from just under the wing and spreads to under each leg. the strangest thing of all is that the bald spot is on both sides of his body and are exactly the same shape!
how?!

i'm hoping its just that hes developing feathers late, hes still in the nest box, around 4 weeks and his two older siblings are out and learning to fly.ill try send a pic, if i do you will find int in my gallery.

does anyone know what this is or why its happening and how to fix it?

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Hi again,

From your other thread created last month, you said you were in the process of removing all nest boxes from the aviary and taking strict measures to prevent further breeding from your flock that was in a colony setting: what can we do?

What diet is your current breeding pair on?
From this update, I assume this is a new clutch. The reasons for the lack of feathers can be due to plucking from one of the parents or intruder bird, from lack of proper nourishment combined with lack of control on the situation by not giving the pairs adequate rest between clutches, making them to not be in top physical health and condition to breed and in consequence of risking their lives and the healthy development of any chicks.
Another plausible reason could also be French moult.

You truly need to take the advice given on your previous thread and separate the males from the females and give them a good rest from breeding.
Additionally any budgies you might have that are showing signs of being unwell (same goes for chicks) should be properly examined by an avian vet specialist or at the very least a competent vet experienced with birds.
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Is this baby in a proper breeding cage with just his parents and siblings?

How many weeks old is this particular chick?

As aluz asked, have you followed the advice regarding removal of the nest boxes from the aviary?

Providing as much detail as possible as well as pictures is necessary.
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Hi there, feathers do not actually grow evenly over the whole of the birds body, but grow in sections (called feather tracts) with bald areas in between.

If you look at this page, Budgie Feathers it has a diagram with a birds feather tracts. You should be able to tell if the feather growth on your chick is normal, though a clear area along the side of the body sounds normal to me.
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thanks everybody for your advice
aluz, its the same clutch as the older post i sent, there is no more active breeding and i'm proud to say that i think I've stopped the breeding all together.

i have actually seen the feather track article, but this still puzzles me, I've NEVER seen it like this before and I've seed 30+ baby chicks grow up

we cant remove the nest boxes because they're built in... onto the wall, but i've been blocking the entices so that the birds can no longer enter the nests
(with the exception of the one the baby is in)

once again, thank you all for the advice

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I'm very glad to hear you've blocked the access to all of the nestboxes except the active one at this time, AND that you've stopped the breeding altogether.

How old are the chicks in that nestbox now?

Can you post a picture of the chick in question?

It would be very helpful for us to be able to see the feather problem.
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