Green Cheek Conure molting and sleeping more

by Brittany
(Oregon)

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!!!

Thank you
~Brittany

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Sep 01, 2009
Thank you for your response
by: Brittany

I didn?t mean that I give him dairy products. I meant that he likes to be held like you would hold an ice cream cone.

The nutrition cakes are called Lafeber?s Nutri-an cakes, foraging and weight maintenance. I give him a little square to munch on throughout the day. I was told that it will help with the transition from seed to pellets.

He doesn?t EVER attack or bite me but he just doesn?t like some people and there are others he will tolerate sometimes. I have worked with him a lot. He is potty trained, goes in his cage when I ask him to, talks, comes when I call him, doesn?t bite people if he knows I am watching, dances, and etc. The only thing is I am the only one who has ever worked with him since he was 3 months old. I am pretty much the only one who spends quality time with him and he is now a little over 4 years old.

I ended up taking him to the vet the next day. He is a very healthy bird.

Thank you,
Brittany

Aug 31, 2009
GC Conure molting and sleeping
by: The Vet

You should have your bird examined by an avian veterinarian. What you are describing is a bird that could be developing health problems. It may just be a molt, or it may be something serious. Your bird should be checked annually for a well bird exam, papilloma lesions and be vaccinated for polyomavirus.

Molts last for months.

Do not feed dairy products to your bird. He cannot digest it. Birds are naturally lactose intolerant.

You need to make an appointment soon to have him seen by an avian veterinarian.


Dr B

Aug 27, 2009
GCC
by: Linda

Brittany, my adivce is to take him to an Avian vet and have him checked out for infection. You are doing a very good job with his diet, but understand that he DOES NOT NEED TO HAVE FOOD IN HIS BOWL ALL DAY LONG. He needs to be fed twice a day with his Harrison's, and a few times a week, he needs to eat some organic fruit or veggie like a little apple, orange, dark green leafy lettuce(no spinich), squash and sometimes even baked sweet potato. These are the only veggies recommended while eating Harrisons and no other treats except for Harrisons Birdy Bread Mix. If you are mixing nutrition cakes with the Harrisons, you may be causing an imbalance in his diet which will lead to trouble in future.

ALSO, PLEASE KEEP HIM UP OFF THE NASTY FLOOR. THE FLOOR IS WHERE PEOPLE WALK, AND PEOPLE BRING IN ALL KINDS OF NASTIES IN ON THEIR SHOES, SO KEEP YOUR BIRD OFF THE FLOOR. AS FOR THE BITING OTHER PEOPLE, YOU NEED TO LOOK AT SOME OF THE TRAINING MATERIALS TRACIE HAS OUT HERE AND LEARN HOW TO TRAIN YOUR BIRD TO BE A BETTER CITIZEN. JUST REMEMBER TO KEEP YOUR BIRD OFF THE FLOOR AS HE CAN PICK UP ALL MANNER OF ILLNESSES.

Take him to an Avian Vet to have him checked for infection and/or parasites, then start learning how to train him. Never try to train a bird who is sick as they won't learn. I understand why you are paranoid, and it is not without cause. Our bird friends are delicate even though they may appear to be larger and tougher than life--they are subject to all manner of infections and illness, so listen to your heart, and when you think something could be wrong, it probably IS.

Linda

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