bird sick??

by briana

I'm slowly getting to know my bird timmy. He's a sun conure had him about 2 mnths. I been told they are constant preeners but how do I know he's not itching? He's done it since I had him. I know nothing bout his actions n personality prior to him coming to me. He got a clean bill of health when he went to the vet.

Maybe I'm worried that its not normal behavior. Like dandruff or an allergy or something. Maybe I'm more asking how a conure acts I guess. I've never had a conure but have read as much as I can till now, using suggested training. Am I to worried?

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Jan 21, 2013
From a SUN CONURE owner
by: Anonymous

Hi there, we have our Sun Conure over a year now, when we got her she was only 3 months old. They go through Molting staging, these stages are annoying to them and they will be constantly at it with the feathers, however, you do need to watch for plucking that would be developing, for us that would be nail biting because of nervousness, change or diet. You will get to know your bird with time but make sure there isn't a self mutilating situation, feather plucking all the way to baldness. If your conure is ruffled sleeping to much and constantly plucking etc. If your bird is trying to interact with you, welcoming the new change it will show interest in you and the toys. Make sure you plan a well balanced diet for your bird, clean water all of the time and you should have two extra bowls, one for a hearty pellet diet and the other should be a mix of fruits veggies etc. just like we eat breakfast, lunch and dinner, I make sure both my Sun Conure and Indian Ringneck get a well balanced variety of meals. print out a diet sheet for your bird and when you go food shopping mix it up every week. It will be fun and healthy. Also bare in mind that some foods may change the texture of the poop. Everytime I give one of my parrots pear I noticed that the poop gets watery. Study your birds stomach reactions by adding things slowly, if you add too much too quickly you will lose track and won't be able to tell what made the changes. FOOD effects their behavior and happiness. Change the toys around too, bring variety, good scenery, routine is sooo important. Your bird is like a CHILD, so they react to change and if your bird screams, it is trying to communicate with you. Don't get mad but instead change something, see what may be bothering your bird. I hope this helps. Good Luck!

Jan 21, 2013
bird sick??
by: Linda

If you took your bird to an Avian Vet, and he received a clean bill of health, then there is probably nothing to worry about right now. If, however, you took your bird to a dog and cat vet, there is plenty to worry about. Make sure you take your bird to an Avian Vet ONLY because they are the only vets licensed and trained in the care of exotic pets including birds. Dog and cat vets wouldn't be able to find an infection if their lives depended on it because they do not know how to do testing correctly and cannot prescribe safe medications. They use what I call the "shotgun" approach to treating exotic pets, and that means lots of drugs that do nothing but make birds sicker and a reliable diagnosis is just not going to happen.

If you see any skin redness or bald patches on your bird, then you will need to take him to avian vet to see if he has parasites or some other physical issue. Otherwise, your house may be dry with the heating if it is winter where you are. You can use a large shallow dish, put medium size rocks in it and cover them with water to add moisture to your bird's area. Make sure dish is not so deep bird can drown in it. Do not use humidifiers because either the warm or cold air created by them is dangerous for bird's and can cause pneumonia. If using one, make sure they are out of bird's area emtirely because it can cause drafts when used near birds, and this causes serious upper respiratory problems.

As for learning about your bird, continue to read everything you can find and follow training guidelines. Allow your bird to teach you about himself. With birds, we are both a teacher and a student because our birds can teach us many things about themselves and about parrots in general. You will start to understand him as time goes on if you are very aware of how he acts in and reacts to you and his environment.

Thanks for writing and thanks for caring as much as you do! It is a pleasure to hear someone willing to learn about their birds and that the birds are loved and cared for. Birds and any of our pets are gifts and though we do not "own" them like a piece of furniture, they are our willing companions, and we must not abuse the gifts we have been given.


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