June 22nd, 2007, 09:01 AM
I recently bought a new zebra finch to keep company with my society finch. I didn't quarantine him for some reason for some idea...can't remember why...(so stupid of me to do that:frustrated: ) Well, my society finch had a lot of her feathers fall out recently VERY QUICKLY. Her back,rump, tail feathers all gone...Now her rumps has black dots on it (doesn't look like mites, no blood spots or anything) and her rump is YELLOW, the skin is! Literally as yellow as...*this* smiley:shrug: . I don't know what's going on...I would take her to the vet but there's no vet here!!!:yell: She's very active and her droppings seem normal. I think I'm going to seperate her now that she seems to be getting worse. I think she got something from the new finch because this happened after he came. I dunno.....:sad:
I'll post a picture soon...Can anyone help? I recently lost a finch, another Zebra, and I don't want to loose another one. I've heard it could be liver problems???
June 22nd, 2007, 09:12 AM
Some birds undergo what is sometimes referred to as a "French molt" under stress--they molt all their feathers or a patch of feathers all at the same time, rather than spreading it out. Could this be what has happened? Could the black spots be the pin feathers beginning to grow?
As a precaution, though, I'd isolate both birds--but separately, since if she's stressed by the presence of the new male, putting her into quarantine with him wouldn't do much good for her stress level.
I don't know much about zebra finches--what color is the skin normally? In wild birds, yellow coloring to the skin comes from the fat layer underneath--not necessarily a bad thing, just a well-fed sort of thing. :o I see it a lot on migrating birds.
With luck, someone else on the board has more experience with this sort of thing and can give you some good advice! :fingerscr I hope she's okay!
June 22nd, 2007, 09:48 AM
I can't see any pictures at all :confused: Is it my connection again?
June 22nd, 2007, 09:58 AM
I believe the black spots are pin feathers. I just want to be on the safe side, you know...My finches skin, the Society (sick one) has pinkish skin, not yellow.The tip of her rump is very yellow compared to the rest of her skin. She could be under stress, but I'll add more veggies to their diet in case it is liver problems or something like that. She seems find besides the fact she's nearly bald and yellow:rolleyes: Like I said, normal droppings (there's a +) and very active (another +).
PS. I just talked to my dad and he said the feathers could be coming back in and pushing the skin aside, and *that's* why it's yellow? The molting makes perfect sense, just this is an awfully large area. I noticed while taking a couple of pics that her neck is bare too. That's a lot of stress, the poor darling:sad:
Anyways, the 2nd one looks disgusting, but It's the only way I can show what's going on, Sorry. If you get queasy easily don't look at the 2nd picture.
The first is just to show her eyes are clear. I don't know what those two holes in her rump are though....:confused:
June 22nd, 2007, 10:06 AM
Well, that poor little girl!
Yep, her eyes really do look good! Nice and clear. I think the two larger holes are just from the tail feathers--they have larger-diameter shafts.
Now that I've seen them, though, it's hard to tell if the black dots are pin feathers or not--hard to get enough detail from a posted pic. Can you tell from 'up close and personal' (so to speak :D).
June 22nd, 2007, 10:10 AM
They did seem to be pin feathers and I saw a few new feathers under her wings. I was never able to catch her before so I never got a good look. I'll watch them and see what happens. I'm positive they aren't mites. I'm just worried about the yellow skin...But she seems alright. She went flying all over my room after she slipped out of my hand:rolleyes: Took me another 5 minutes just to get her in her cage!:p
June 22nd, 2007, 08:04 PM
She sounds like she has good mommy-evading energy, anyway! :D That's a good sign!
Maybe she just doesn't like strange guys! :o
I hope she's okay. :fingerscr It always worried me when my budgie was sick because there wasn't a bird specialist in town...most of the vet practices around here specialize in either small mammals or farm animals :shrug:
June 23rd, 2007, 07:23 AM
Try googling aviaries and see if you can find a finch breeder in your area who can give you some advice. You'll be able to contact some by e:mail even if there are none in your area.