Alexandrine parrot with bare patches


My 14 mth old Alexandrine Parrot is moulting , how long does this take, she has little bare patches on here head and bits of fluff floating out (moulting) she is paler in colour a friend told me to sprinkle 2 times a week a very small amout of Spirulina,

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Feb 28, 2010
Alexandrine parrot with bare patches
by: Linda

Your little bird needs to be seen by an Avian Vet in your driving area to rule out infections and/or parasites external or internal.

Bare patches DO NOT HAPPEN DURING A NORMAL MOULT, so this may be a problem with either diet or an infection your bird had from the start. All new birds need to be examined by an Avian Vet shortly after we bring them in because infections are common when being moved around as their immune systems come under stress. Same thing happens with dogs and cats, and all should be seen by proper vets when coming into our homes.

DO NOT GIVE ANY HUMAN SUPPLEMENTS WITHOUT KNOWING WHAT YOU ARE DEALING WITH HERE. Parrots need to be eating an organic, high quality pelleted diet, and Tracie carries several kinds out here. They need to eat NO HUMAN FOOD OFF THE TABLE OR AS TREATS. They need not have human supplements either as these can make matters worse, if they are already sick, or it can cause problems that were not there before.What works for birds is a high quality, simple diet as that is all they can digest and stay healthy on. Supplements cause major imbalances in nutrition and just putting them on without knowing what is actually wrong with bird is dangerous. Always let Avian Vets make any suggestions in those areas if they are needed for a physical problem the bird has.

Give no over the counter meds including those found at pet stores, give no home remedies. Basically, birds have to be seen, diagnosed and treated by Avian Vets who can find out exactly what is wrong and know how to treat it.A once a year checkup is advised to stay ahead of any problems working inside bird that are not yet seen.

Your bird needs medical attention to rule out physical causes for this abnormal molt, and then get him changed over to one of the organic pellets out here. You can give a small amount of fruit and veggies and make sure they are also organically grown to prevent pesticide residue in and on them. Only a small 10% of the diet can be in the fruit and veggie categories. Harrisons, one of the organic pellets here, also makes a Birdy Bread mix that can help with a changeover from seeds to pellets. Get the Sunshine Factor organic Red Palm Oil to put in it, so bird is not getting hydrogenated oils like we sometimes eat.

Thanks for writing and let us know what Avian Vet has to say, and also let us know how your bird likes his new pellets. The change takes some time, so do not be in a big hurry, just encourage a change to a more wholesome diet which adds years onto your bird's life.


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