Parakeet is Lonely

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My parakeet is around 9 years old, and is allowed to fly free near her cage. She lost her mate around 4 years ago, and became attached to "bird" clocks, of which she has now 5. She flies to each every 12 minutes as they sound the bird noises. In the past 6 or so months, she has gradually lost her chest feathers, and most of them do not grow back. She climbs behind the clocks constantly trying to push the buttons that make the bird sounds--one of these clocks is hanging against a stucco wall. At first I thought that this was the reason she was losing her feathers, but since she did not have this problem her past years, I'm becoming concerned that it may be something else. She eats well, and plays most of the day, sleeps 12 hours a night, and is well cared for and loved. Any idea why she is losing her chest feathers? Also, her chest seems a little swollen lately. Suggestions? Thank you in advance for answering my concerns.

Lisa's Answer
Parakeets are flock creatures, they need to be with a flock. Your keet is thinking that another keet is trapped in the clock and wants to be with it. This other keet never responds to your keet, it only cries out occasionally and then goes silent again. This sounds like water torture to me!

I highly recommend getting another keet to keep this one company, and removing those clocks. I have advice on the site and in the forum about how to introduce a second bird into an existing situation.

I would guess it is the stress of the situation that is causing the other problems, but you should always talk to a vet when something is amiss with your keet.

Good luck!

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