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  1. Parents preening chicks too soon? Also maybe overfeeding them?

    Cockatiel Breeding
    It appears my first time papa is starting to pluck his two babies pin feathers a bit too soon. The feathers don't look long enough to be preened yet, and some of them have a tiny amount of blood on the tips. He started doing this today and there are maybe 10 feathers on one babies head/crest...
  2. Bonded Pair "Over Grooming" i.e. Plucking the heck out of each other?

    Cockatiel Talk
    As the title states, I have a tightly bonded pair that has recently began "over preening" each other. First it was the hen with a little bald spot over her ear, then it was him with a bald patch on his head, and now it's both of them looking scraggly. Both are growing in new feathers to...