Last Updated on July 29, 2022 by Ali Shahid
The sounds of budgies flitting into your bird feeder can be soothing, but then you see the bald spots on their head. You might be thinking that the world is so stressful that even budgies experience mid-life hair feather loss.
Ornithologists believe budgies lose feathers on their heads for a variety of reasons. Several factors can cause this, such as molting, mites, and lack of nutritional intake. Additionally, some bacterial, fungal, and viral infections are also responsible for this problem.
As a result, there is no way to treat this problem until you find the underlying cause. In this case, a thorough examination at a vet clinic would be the best option. Nonetheless, let’s discuss in detail why baldness occurs in budgies and what can be done about it.
Different Causes of Budgies Bald Spots on Head
During late summer and early fall, bald budgies are frequently seen. The weeks between nesting season and migration are ideal for birds to molt. It is normal for birds to molt in stages, leaving no exposed skin.
Occasionally, all the feathers of a budgie will fall out at once. In most cases, this is a phenomenon that occurs during the first molt of a juvenile bird.
Sadly, budgies can suffer from mite infestations. Mites feeding destroys their feather shafts. It will preen to get rid of the arthropods. Since the mites feed undisturbed on the shafts of budgies’ heads, their head feathers will fall out.
The feathers of a budgie may be rubbed off if it has escaped from a predator, resulting in some bald patches. Associated feathers may be damaged and have a rough appearance.
There is a possibility of permanent baldness if severe damage has been done to the feather shafts. There is also the possibility that fire-related injuries can lead to baldness in areas where the plumage has been destroyed.
There may be some temporary baldness in budgies with diseases. Swollen patches of skin or blister-like growths can also be symptoms of some diseases, giving the appearance of bald patches through the plumage. As birds recover from illnesses, they usually lose their baldness as well as other symptoms.
Malnutrition is one of the most serious causes of feather loss. A lack of vitamins, minerals, proteins, and other essential nutrients may cause a parrot’s feathers to fall out.
There are many symptoms associated with malnutrition, such as lethargy, behavioral changes, tiredness, weakened immunity, and of course feather loss. Parrots can also suffer from vitamin A deficiency.
A well-balanced diet is essential for your budgie. First-time bird owners commonly assume that a generic bird seed mix will give their feathered friend the best nutrition, but it’s not true. A premium pellet formula is more beneficial.
A special dietary pellet is formulated with a variety of vegetables, seeds, and fruit, which are all packaged into easy-to-eat pieces. If you have concerns about your budgie’s diet, talk to your veterinarian.
A high-quality seed mix along with fresh fruits and vegetables might be a good idea. A healthy diet may prevent your budgie from plucking its feathers.
6. Feather Plucking
Budgies can pluck their feathers when stressed. The outcome can be open wounds or bald patches. Identifying the reason why your budgie is plucking out its feathers is the first step to stopping this behavior.
There is a possibility that your bird doesn’t receive enough mental stimulation or socialization, or perhaps it suffers from a particular illness. A budgie may pluck feathers for a variety of reasons. These are just a few of the possibilities.
If the nutritional deficiency is causing baldness, feeding your birds nutritionally dense food shouldn’t hurt. You should never feed birds low nutritional diets, such as bread or crackers. The ornithologists recommend peanut butter mixed with cornmeal and black oil sunflower seeds.
Additionally, the cage, bowls, toys, and perches must also be cleaned and sanitized. In case you are unable to sanitize something, throw it away. The bottom of the cage should be covered with plain paper towels, and they should be changed every day.
Various over-the-counter products are available to help treat mites, but if he does not have mites, then these products will not be of any use to him. If possible, a firm diagnosis should be obtained as soon as possible.
Ali Shahid is a veterinarian by profession and an animal lover. He loves to give expert opinions about different animals. He has worked in top organization of birds like Bigbird Feed and Poultry Research institute. He loves birds, especially parrots and has great experience in different parrot farms.