bald patches in green cheeked conure

i recently got a green cheeked conure who i was told is 2 years old.When i got him he had downy feathers on his chest which are still there with no sign of proper ones coming through.Since i got him though he has started to develope some bald patches.One is on top of his head and has no sign of pin feathers,just smooth healthy looking skin.he is not with another bird.he has now developed one on the top of one wing(with signs of pin feathers)and one at top of chest(no pin feather).Any ideas

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Mar 28, 2010
bald patches in green cheeked conure
by: Linda

Yes, as Tracie says, you need to get your bird into see an Avian Vet as soon as is possible. He needs some tests to see if this is caused by an infection of some kind of a parasite. The fact is that if he was caged with a feather plucker at his other home, they may have done some of the damage. After so many times of a feather being plucked, the feathers do not grow back in, and all you'll see are the down feathers underneath.

In this case, there may be more going on since the two new bald spots have happened since he's been with you. Diet is extremely important, and possibly he was neglected to some degree in other home. Parrots need to be eating a high quality, organic pelleted diet with NO HUMAN FOOD OR TABLE FOOD OF ANY KIND as these are unhealthy and interfere with nutrition. If he's not on a pelleted, diet take a look at several Tracie carries out here and try one or two to see if he likes one or both. Here is an article to help with the changeover written by an Avian Vet:

When he goes to the Avian vet, have some tests done for infections and parasites. It would also be a good idea to have some basic bloodwork done to make sure his organs are functioning properly. Birds on all seed diets have lots of physical issues, and they are most apparent in their skin and feather quality.

Thanks for writing and hope he is better soon,

Mar 27, 2010
Bald patches on bird
by: Tracie

Dr B suggests that you take your bird to see an avian vet in person for an exam. Until you are able to get your bird an appointment, he also suggests that you read the Feather Damaging Behavior article on our Parrot Training page.

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