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Discussion in 'Caged Birds - Finches, Canaries, Cockatiels, Parro' started by toadbriar, Nov 27, 2011.
He looks like he's made of cabbage!
I wonder if it's the same feather mutation.
They need to breed that thing... I need one!
i would love a parakeet like that
The vid says he was abandoned at birth because of the way he looked??? I'm guessing whomever made that video has never seen a newly hatched budgie before because they're not born with feathers, they're about an inch high and naked. That bird has some kind of feather disease that makes its feathers grow like that.
The mutation happens from time to time in Budgies and breeders will usually cull them. They're usually called Featherdusters but I guess if they're well cared for then there's no problem but I would recommend trying to breed them!
Too cute! I wonder why they don't bred for the curly factor?
I know that in some hairless breeds of mammals like chinese crested dogs and hairless rats, dental deformities and (I think) nail deformities are more common. I wonder if the featherduster cage birds are prone to odd beak problems or other unexpected issues.
Oh, yeah. Not a good life for these guys.
Glad sebbie GEESE are able to live well and happy. Perky little crepe streamer explosions that they are
Quote:Because most of them die before they're a year old. It's not just "curly feathers" that make up the phenotype. The feathers basically don't stop growing, and around the age that normal budgies undergo their first molt is usually when these feather dusters die. A very few live on with TLC.
I actually just learned about this in parakeets...it makes me sad because they die so young.
They might look cool but I don't like it anymore after finding out they are going to die. It's too sad.