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   ☺️If you have bred parrots, you don't think twice about this....and to those who haven't bred parrots, when you finally come in contact with them, they are fluffy little feather dusters. Okay, pin quills: this is a rolled feather covered in keratin. All new feathers are covered in keratin, example, like a folded umbrella in a sheath. As babies, when you feed them and play with them you can use your fingernail to help take the keratin off.

Cockatoos are very funny...we call them Q-tips. When the wing feathers start to grow, they pick the keratin off at the tip of the feather first which leaves a feathered tip and a tight sleeve of keratin...it looks like Q-tips hanging from their bodies..I've attached an example. All parrot babies are prickly little pears. When the babies grow, you can see and feel the new feathers with sheaths around them. 😁

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Thank you, for those of us who never breed and haven’t seen new babies. That was a fun fact to see!

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What an adorable photo. Thank you for the information as well.

I'd love to be able to see/witness some baby parrots growing up. I've only ever seen photos and videos.

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