Darkening chest feathers

by Debbie Karlsen

We have a 19 year old yellow naped amazon. Her chest feathers were a lighter green but within the last 6 months or so we have noticed her chest feathers are darkening. Is this normal?

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Feb 18, 2012
Birds feathers getting darker
by: Tracie

Have you changed your bird's diet in the last few months? If you have gone from a poor diet to a healthy pellet diet, like Harrison's or Roudybush pellets, then it could be due to your bird eating a healthier diet.

If no changes have been made, then you need to Find an Avian Vet to examine your bird to rule out illness or disease.

Feb 18, 2012
Darkening chest feathers
by: Linda

This is not normal and could indicate an infection or disease. You need to take your bird to be examined by an Avian Vet in your area. Find an Avian Vet

Diet also causes problems with feathering and overall condition of bird. Your bird needs to be eating 80-85% organic pellets like Harrison's, found here. It takes time to change from seeds to pellets and below is link to information about how to go about the change. Make NO changes until bird has been thoroughly examined by an Avian Vet ONLY.

Switching Budgies To Pellets article

Have Avian Vet do a throat swab to check for bacterial infections, and bloodwork to check for viral infection and how organs are functioning. All seed diets are slow starvation for birds, and yours is old enough to be showing the results of this starvation if you are feeding an all seed diet. (I know you may not be doing this.)


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