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    Eating Feathers???

    My dads cockatiel and my budgie sit next to each other. My dads cockatiel will be preening and if a lose feather gets stuck on his beak or nose heíll end up eating it! I just discovered my parakeet going to the bottom of the cage and eating feathers and food through the ground bars! What is this? Why is the parakeet all of a sudden eating from the ground, her food is right next to her and its always fresh and full! I donít understand why she is all of a sudden doing this? Please help.

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    Re: Eating Feathers???

    I wonder if maybe she is picking out certain seeds on the bottom that spilled out and eating them? Eating feathers is kind of weird and I never heard a bird doing this before. I would keep a close eye on both just to make sure they are not sick. Birds do weird things out of the blue sometimes but since this is new its good you are watching them.
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    Re: Eating Feathers???

    I have often seen my birds on bottom of cage eating seeds. Some spill from perches above, but it is no cause to worry. As for the eating of feathers, this is new to me. I have had birds for many years and do not recall seeing this myself.

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    Re: Eating Feathers???

    This is not unusual. My cockatiel eats seeds off the floor alot of the time. I have also homed birds for many years, and none of them ate feathers.

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