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    pin feathers?

    hello~
    piggy has been getting tiny pin feathers on the top of his head, right at the bridge of his nose. he's been shaking his head a lot, but he cant reach them, of course. how do i remove them? he always shakes his head around whenever i try to rub them off? also, this is the first time i've seen him have pin feathers, and definitely the first time when he allows me to stroke him and touch him that he's gotten pin feathers.

    1) how do i remove them?
    2) do anyone else have the (maybe not) problem where their diamond dove keeps shaking and lightly pecking their fingers?
    3) how do i not hurt them? i'm always scared i'll do something wrong

    thanks~
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    Re: pin feathers?

    The pin feathers will be replaced by new feathers so there is no need to remove them. As to the shaking, I would say it probably is because hand touching is new to him.

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    Re: pin feathers?

    It's nothing to worry about! Sometimes if you have two or more doves then they'll preen each other and help with those little pin feathers and how irritating they can be, but they'll grow out no problem!

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    Re: pin feathers?

    The sheaths around the new feathers will gradually dry off and he will scratch them off. My daughter is great at cracking the sheaths that cover the new feathers and once she cracks them they will fall right off. She tells me when they are ready to crack they will look sort of dried out, white and with tiny cracks. She just pinches then between two of her fingernails and they fall off or sometimes she will need to pull them up off the new feather. If they are not ready to be cracked the bird usually shakes its head, peeps or turns around and bites you. If you ever watched a bird preen another one you will see the same things including the cheeping and biting. I never did it out of fear of hurting them and like Ellen said they will come off on there own. Usually birds will rub there heads on something or scratch them.
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