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So in my flock of 6 cockatiels I’ve noticed that 4 have extra orange blockages around the head and neck. I’ve got no problem with them but I was wondering if anyone else’s tiels have these markings or if they are maybe a sign of a deficiency or anything to worry about? I did wonder if it’s a side effect of having a mixed aviary, as that means there is a mixture of seeds available which include a canary seed which has little yellow pellets for colour enhancing. I managed to get pictures of the two who’s blotches are the darkest.
 

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Cockatiels sometimes get some extra orange feathers when they're hormonal. These are called breeder stress marks, although it isn't actually related to stress. The extra orange feathers will be molted out later on.
 
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