Green Cheek Conure molting and sleeping more
Hello, I have a Green Cheek Conure and he is molting. He is doing his normal picking feathers, itching, fluffed up, and sleeping a little more than normal. One thing I have noticed is he is breathing differently. It isn’t all the time just randomly maybe like once a day if that. Whenever I am home he is with me so he couldn’t have gotten into anything. If I am not home he is in his cage. I know how birds are very good at hiding their symptoms until they are really really sick. He is still playful acting normal, his balance is fine, and his poop looks normal. He doesn’t have any fluids around his nose and he isn’t sneezing anymore than he normally does. I was feeding seed but I just recently switched over to Harrison bird food, I also got some nutrian cakes that he snacks on during the day.
I also wanted to know how long molts normally last? I have read up that GCC normally don’t like to be handled while they are molting and they are really cranky. Well my GCC doesn’t want me to leave him alone he likes to be right next to me all the time. He especially likes it when I hold him like an ice cream cone. I have to grab him and he still clings on…like he is saying don’t leave me. Luckily I have the next few days off so he doesn’t have to be alone. He is a little touchy but then after he gets all cranky he just tries to play with me. He normally will go greet other people but when it comes to night time he only wants to be with me and doesn’t want to be touched by anyone else. I have had a GCC before and he got really sick and had the same clingy personality, except it was all the time. Unfortunately my other GCC conure was sooo sick and the vet tried everything they could but it didn’t work. I just DO NOT want the same thing to happen to my GCC I have now…so I am more paranoid with even the slightest change in his behavior. Oh and I have noticed that my GCC feels a little warmer than normal.
I also wanted to ask if there was a way to break him from biting people He never bites me but he will sometimes bite other people especially if he knows I am not watching. He even runs after people (even though he can fly), then bangs his beak on the door where the person is. He has like a weird thing about feet and just loves to chase them. He just never bites me, he even tries to go after people if the brush up against me while he is on me. Hope u can help!!!