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Feather Fix

6 ways to fix your bird’s feathers.

By Margaret A.Wissman, DVM, DABVP—Avian Practice

Healthy feathers means a healthy birdI think that all of us, as bird stewards, feel that the health of our birds is reflected, at least in part, by the quality of their plumage. That premise is partially true, because a happy, healthy bird preens its feathers, ensuring that the barbules are all tightly zipped together. What if you notice that your bird has some feather abnormalities? Perhaps the green feathers are turning black, or the feathers are looking ratty? What should you do? Let’s identify common feather problems and what can be done.

**For the full article, pick up the December 2009 issue of BIRD TALK**

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