Feather discoloration

Peach Front Conure feather problems

Peach Front Conure feather problems

My peach front conure is 8 months old and his once green feathers are now turning a dark color…almost black…not all but several on his head and back. Help?

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Jan 25, 2010
Getting your bird to eat pellets
by: Tracie

Switching your bird to pellets can be a real trial and take some time.

I actually use a different method that Dr B, and as long as whatever method you come up with works, that's fine.

When I bring a new bird home, that doesn't understand that pellets are food, I only feed them pellets every morning. They are very hungry after "fasting" all night and are more likely to eat what is in their dish because they are so hungry. After lunch, I add the seed. Yes, I may "waste" pellets for months on end that they will not eat, but eventually they WILL recognize them as food.

Jan 23, 2010
Thanks for all of the information.
by: Anonymous

I did just take her to the avian vet earlier in the week for a well-check and testing but all the tests were fine. My doctor did discuss proper nutrition and suggested Harrison which I did purchase. He did not mention the full spectrum lighting which I will diffidently purchase. However, she is being very stubborn and will not eat the pellets?so I feel bad like I am starving her. Like I said she is very picky and is also stubborn when it come to fresh fruits and veggies?so I am having some difficulties regulating her nutrition.

She is use to eating a ultimate blend mix which contains fruits, veggies, nuts, and pellets?but of course she just picks out what she likes.

Jan 23, 2010
Feather issues
by: The Avian Vet

The two most common things that cause this are poor light and poor nutrition. I recommend that you feed your bird a diet of 80% pellets ( Harrison's is the best) and 20% treats (anything that is not a pellet such as fresh vegetables, seeds, cooked food, etc.). This will balance his diet and complete his diet and the dark feathers will come out when the new, more healthy feathers come in.

Next I recommend that you give your bird a full spectrum light for at least 4 hours per day. ZooMed AvianSun Lamp and bulb are the best. Since he is only a few months old, these are his baby feathers and are more related to what diet or formula he was hand fed with, but you should improve his diet so that he does not look like this after his next molt.

Finally, you need to have your bird seen by an avian veterinarian for his first well bird check up. This would be done annually and include blood work, exam, Gram?s stain and vaccinations.

Dr B

Jan 22, 2010
Feather discoloration
by: Linda

Your bird needs to be seen by an Avian Vet immediately as this looks like he is sick. The way he is holding himself looks like he feels bad.

He also needs to be on a high quality organic pelleted diet. An all seed diet is lacking nutritional support and end result is a sick bird with poor skin and feather condition. Tracie carries several out here, and it takes some time to change over from seeds to pellets. The benefit of the organic pellets is that your bird will be getting 100% nutrition without dyes, preservatives and pesticide/fertilizer residue. The Harrisons uses a cold extrusion method which leaves 100% of the necessary nutrients in the food, so it is the one we feed our Amazons, and the one I strongly recommend. The little extra cost of the food is outweighed by less trips to the Avian vet and having a vibrantly colored, healthy bird who will thank you in too many ways to list here. We and all our pets are what we eat, no more, no less, so give him the best once he is feeling better and able to start making the change-over.
Switching Birds to Pellets article.

FIRST, YOU MUST TAKE YOUR BIRD INTO AN AVIAN VET AS THIS LOOKS LIKE YOUR BIRD IS SICK AND POSSIBLY FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE. PLEASE DO NOT DELAY MAKING AN APPOINTMENT WITH AN AVIAN VET IN YOUR DRIVING AREA. DO NOT TAKE HIM TO A REGULAR DOG AND CAT VET AS THEY ARE NOT LICENSED TO DIAGNOSE AND TREAT BIRDS AND WILL MAKE MATTERS WORSE INSTEAD OF BETTER. Kind of like going to a Ear/Nose and Throat doctor with a brain tumor.

Thanks for writing and we wish you and your little birdy the very best.

Linda

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