cherry head conure with no tail feathers

I just bought a cherry head conure last week. I was told he is only 8 weeks old.Is this why he has no tail feathers?

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Nov 22, 2012
cherry head conure with no tail feathers
by: Linda

We highly recommend all new birds be examined by an Avian Vet the first few days they are in our homes because being moved around is stressful opening them up to infections which are highly contageous and can be caught from birds in pet stores. Also, because breeder care varies from good to horrible, birds are sometimes sick when they enter a pet store and then spread their illness to every other bird. Either way, your first step is to have him thoroughly examined by an Avian Vet for infections both bacterial and viral. Also have some basic bloodwork done to see how organs are functioning, and bloodwork can also show if there are other problems.

Have the avian vet weigh your bird to see if he is in normal range for weight. Sometimes younger birds do have shorter tails until their first adult molt at around 6 months, so that is not a problem. What IS a problem is not knowing if he's healthy or not, so the avian vet is a way to find out.Birds do not just "get over" infections, and they die from them if left untreated, so don't take a chance on this happening. We also recommend yearly exams to make sure birds are in healthy condition.

Thanks for writing,
Linda

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