Conure Cherry Head Gray Hairs

by Joan
(San Francisco)

Conure Cherry Head Female 13 Yrs Old Getting Gray Hairs. Ricky is getting little gray hairs on her head and neck. Is this normal?

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Aug 26, 2012
Ricky Gray Hairs
by: Joan

Hi Linda! Happened upon a conure site that talked about white spikey things on bird's head and neck. Think that is what Ricky has - not gray - so sorry. If so, they they are new hair shafts? Still, your advice was valuable and I thank you for your thoughts about changing Ricky's diet to something more healthy. Best to you!

Aug 25, 2012
Thanks Linda
by: Joan

Thanks Linda! I have been feeding her Zupreem. Goodness. Didn't know! Will follow your advice and change to Harrison and give her a check-up at the vet. Thanks again!

Aug 19, 2012
Conure Cherry Head Gray Hairs
by: Linda

Joan, birds do not have hair, and they do have feathers. Make sure what you are seeing are not just new feather shafts from losing a few feathers. If these are not new feather shafts, you'll need to have your bird examined by an Avian Vet to see if there are any physical issues here. Take her ONLY to an avian vet, and there are plenty of them in your area.

The other issue with feathers losing color is diet. Is she eating a healthy organic pelleted diet like Harrisons found here. There are a couple of others here that are also good, and Harrison's is Avian Vet endorsed. Birds eating all seed diets are slowly starving to death. Those eating junk pellets like ZuPreem and Lafaebers are being poisoned with all kinds of chemicals that a bird should not be eating.

Below is a link to an article written by avian vet about how to go about changing from seeds and/or junk pellets to an organic pellet. Your bird will have to be examined for infections or other physical issues before any dietary changes can be made because changing diet can be stressful.

Switching Birds To Pellets article

So, to sum up, your bird needs to be eating a healthy diet with NO human foods involved, she needs to be checked by an avian vet to make sure she has no infections or other physical issues, and the change takes time, so follow directions and be patient. Do not starve your bird and move slowly with the change. We also recommend yearly checkups with avian vet for all birds and especially those who are older.

Thanks for writing,
Linda

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