HELP! BLEECHED LOVEBIRD!

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HELP! BLEECHED LOVEBIRD!

Post by donna.wal.. » Sun, 13 Mar 1994 16:59:09



NE>        I have a female lovebird who, after laying 8 eggs within just
NE>a few days, became completly white.  Does anyone know what is going

Motherhood does that...

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HELP! BLEECHED LOVEBIRD!

Post by Kell » Mon, 14 Mar 1994 15:23:27


: NE>        I have a female lovebird who, after laying 8 eggs within just
: NE>a few days, became completly white.  Does anyone know what is going

: Motherhood does that...

Hi there, I was wondering how it would be possible for 'motherhood'
to bleach out a feather? A feather is dead once it's developed,
and I don't see how it could loose its pigmentation overnight, or
even over a period of weeks, even for reasons of stress. I realize
some feather pigments on some avian species ARE water soluble but
not lovebirds.

I really can't see how stress would change feather colors in a couple
of days. Can anyone enlighten me here as to the process that might
happen in a case like this? I am familiar with feather color fading,
especially in strong sunlight, but that does not seem to be what
happened here...?

[My *only* hypothesis would be if this color change had happened over
a period of weeks, where the female was also molting such that the
NEW feathers came in faded and in poor color or shape and form, and
thus would be due to the stress, and it would seem as if the original
color was fading, but really it was just a poor replacement of
the older/better-colored feathers.]

Thanks!
Kelly