feathers not growing back during the winter
by Bonita Dubil
(Hamburg, NY USA)
My Eclectus male is close to 9 years old. He was in perfect feather and very shiny during his first 7 years, during which he refused all fruits and veggies no matter how I steamed, or served them. Then two years ago he started loving them and over half of his diet is fruits, grains and veggies. The other 1/3 or so is Pretty Bird pellets for Eclectus parrots.
Around the same time as he started eating everything I offer, he molted and the feathers did not starting growing in until the following summer. I am inclined to think that this might be lack of lighting rather then diet. He has a very large cage which is right next to a window, but due to all of the trees that have grown much taller over the years, there is little light coming in.
I would like to know if this lack of light could be the problem? There is no avian vet in my area to ask.