feather growth

I bought a young sun conure. The tail and wing feathers do not seem to be growing back properly. It seems that the problem consists of her left side because the right wing has grown back fine. Her tail is having the same problem. Is there something I can do for her?

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Jun 22, 2009
Feather growth on bird
by: The Vet

It can take several months for birds to molt the larger wing and tail feathers. It is not common for them to molt the left and right wings at different times. The most important issue that can cause problems with molting is diet.

If your bird is not on a diet consisting of 80% pellets, then he is going to be nutrient deficient and this will delay molting and slow the feather growth process.

Other factors that can do this are poor lighting, so you need a full spectrum light, and disease. My recommendation is to switch your bird to Harrison's High Potency, with 20% treats, mostly fresh vegetables, put in a full spectrum light, and make an appointment to see an avian veterinarian for a complete work up and vaccinations. If there are signs of feather disease, then you may also need to do viral screening for PBFD.

Dr B

Jun 21, 2009
Feather growth
by: Linda

Not sure how to answer this one as their feathers don't come in all at once. It does seem a little odd though that one side is finished, and the other not. Keep an eye on this as the other side may be in process of new feathers as we speak.

Also, if you did not take your new bird to an Avian Vet for a checkup, you should do so now. It is a good idea to have them checked for internal/external parasites and for possible infections that are lurking beneath the surface. Moving to new home brings their immune systems down, and they are more prone to infection and such. A once a year exam is also recommended and becomes even more important as our birds age.

Diet plays a key role in feather production. Be sure you are feeding an organic pellelted diet like Harrison's which Tracie sells out here. Their Birdy Bread is also a hit with our Amazons. Tracie sells it and the Organic Red Palm Oil you need to use in it. Where it says two eggs, use just the whites which cuts down on the amount of fat and cholesterol. It takes time to change a seedeater over to the pellets, and directions are on package and/or you can go out to http://www.harrisonsbirdfoods.com as they have a wealth of information on site to help with the changeover. They also have many products as well.On most items, you'll find that Tracie has better pricing and shipping. The Harrisons site is pretty much a supplier to folks like Tracie, and their shipping is always UPS and always quite high for that reason. They do have a wealth of free information though, so it is well worth the trip out to see their site.


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