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My Feather Dusters.........dusty And Jumbo

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He fledged the nestbox today but I put him back

 

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Progression of the feather duster

 

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Baby is now out of the nestbox.

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Shame - even the down seems longer in those pics

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Shame - even the down seems longer in those pics

The first thing I noticed........well before I knew it was a feather duster......was the unusual down. It seemed long and twisted, like Yarn is twisted when spun.

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The growth rate of feathering is very rapid

 

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WOW those feathers are very long now. He certainly doesn't look malnourished.

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These feathers virtually grow as you watch them. The flights have grown an inch a day the past 2 days.

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The mother has an egg on board and is trying to lay again so she will be removed to another cage as she may well attack the fledged babies right now. She's in a real nasty mood.

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I put a large flat seed dish in the cage with the feather duster and his siblings and Dad. I am under the impression these FD's need to virtually sit in their dinner dish to keep eating.

Well, this is one FD that must have heard that theory too

 

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Feather growth compared to food intake may be winning already. Wasnt eating last night so I crop fed, and he was sulking this morning and not feeding.

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I put him in a show cage for a little while in the sun with seed in the bottom of the cage and he has started eating. I will keep him in a smaller space if it helps.

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He's such a beautiful boy. I found something very appealing in father dusters....its just a shame about their lifespan. Maybe one day we can find a balance in these guys and have non spastic but long feathered pet :P

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Dusty seems to be a female from what we can tell today.........RIPBudgies and I. The cere has a good bit of white on it.

Had a full crop of seed tonight. :)

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Thats good to hear :) Seems small spaces are good...guess they are the loners of the budgie world :D

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Are you planning on crop feeding her a lot?

 

I may be harsh but I think that sometimes we need to do what is right and not prolong things.

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Are you planning on crop feeding her a lot?

 

I may be harsh but I think that sometimes we need to do what is right and not prolong things.

 

NO. I just did what I do for any newly fledged budgie that hasnt started eating well enough yet.

This budgie is now eating so I dont have to.

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He's such a beautiful boy. I found something very appealing in father dusters....its just a shame about their lifespan. Maybe one day we can find a balance in these guys and have non spastic but long feathered pet :P

 

 

i agree with maddy there is something beautiful about these odd budgies that attracts me to them

pity the dont live so long

 

Question! why do they have a wierd chirp if the feather duster only makes there feathers longer?

does it also effect their vocal chords?

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Question! why do they have a wierd chirp if the feather duster only makes there feathers longer?

does it also effect their vocal chords?

 

 

I feel sure it affect many other things in a feather duster and all may contribute to early death as well. I notice with mine it breathes faster. Has a heart rate that seems faster and you can feel the vibration in the chest area either from that or the breathing. It has quick jerky movements. It reacts strongly to surprise noises. I think they may well also be prone to digestive upsets. Vocal chords.........I cant tell you. Mine sounds like a two tone whistle. Mine is not nasty and doesnt vocalise much. likes a cuddle, settles into your chest when being held as if it likes being there and being held.

There may well be a whole range of additional conditions a feather duster has that hasnt been fully explored by anyone yet.

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DUSTY is managing to feed enough to keep in front of the toll the feather growth takes. Getting to be quite a QUACKER too :D

 

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I'm so glad you have re-opened this topic Kaz :) I'm so fascinated with Dusty the duster and so amazed at how fast those feathers are growing. Have you trimmed the mask feathers or is that how they're growing naturally?(if that makes sense)

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No trimming Rachel. I have heard trimming makes it worse. Under normal circumstances a cut feather dies and drops out and then needs replacing. That would create an extra toll on a duster. Even a blind budgie can find its food and water, so a duster will be able to as well.

I think trimming feathers is something people do to feel better about the bird and may not be whats best for them.

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This is fascinating Kaz! I have never heard of this before! Is he still nice and healthy? How long do they live for? Love the photo updates!

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This is fascinating Kaz! I have never heard of this before! Is he still nice and healthy? How long do they live for? Love the photo updates!

 

Healthy so far. Eating, not thin. No poopy bottom. They often live just a few weeks........8-12 maximum. Some live longer.

 

I am so stuck in sexing this budgie as the cere is so different everytime you look at it :blink:

 

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I think Dusty is beautiful, I just want to cuddle him/her.....such a damn shame they don't live long.:(

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It's a shame they only live so long..... Very cute though. Wish they stopped growing feathers.

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I was just cleaning Dusty ( as he stepped in his dish of soft food ) and noticed he has growing a yellow feather down by his left leg. One single yellow feather on a skyblue dom pied bird. Weird

Does one yellow feather make him a halfsider ?? :blink:

 

I have also just put him in a cage of his own not the smaller showcage he was coping well in. Why ? Because he has decided he wants to perch and has been desperately trying to get up onto the perch, flapping and jumping vertically up in the air like a shocked quail. I have given him a cage inside the junior flight of the aviary and he has perches and a ladder now.

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