I noticed in the bottom of my african greys cage this morning that there was a big patch of feathers - not proper feathers, the small white fluffy ones. I know he is moulting at the moment but the amount and the way they were all in one spot in the cage has made me worried.
If parrots pluck, do they generally start with the white fluff (I'm sorry I don't know the correct terminology) or is it more likely to be the actual feathers?
My only other thought was that he'd had a fright in the night but again, would this cause the fluffier feathers to dislodge?
He is acting perfectly normal, the two small proper feathers that were amongst the others are normal and have no blood on them. I've checked him as well as I can and I don't see a single sign of a bald patch or anything unusual. I will get my partner to check him over more thoroughly later as he can handle him more than I can. It just seems that if that many feathers have been lost, surely they'd be some sign? Or where have they come from?
I clean the cage every morning and I honestly can't remember if there were already lots before bed anyway or if they've all appeared in one go overnight.
owned by Bertie 3 year old CAG.