green cheek conure odor

by mikah burrell
(new jersey)

I have a 4 year old green cheek conure which I adopted a few months ago. Recently I have been noticing that either him or his cage (maybe toys) has a strange odor. He gets regular baths and I am very religious about cleaning his cage.

When I adopted him the lady gave me this fuzzy “hut” that he liked to sleep in. Eventually it started falling apart so I had to replace it. I tried to get something that was almost identical. But I am starting to think that maybe the fabric is different and that is what is causing the odor. I have tried to wash it and the smell just keeps returning.

I also have a peach front conure and I have never notice a smell to her…she is kept on the same diet, bath and cleaning schedule as my green cheek.

Is this normal? Should I get rid of the hut?

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Nov 04, 2010
green cheek conure odor
by: Linda

Well, I don't know what the hut is made from, and if it smells when you take it out and smell it, then you may want to try another kind of hut. Since your bird is used to it, he will need something similar to sleep in.

The other possibility is that bird is ill, and this is where smell is coming from. You'd know if he was ill because of loose stools, lack of energy and/or appetite. If you did not take him to an Avian Vet when you got him, now is the time to do so because all new birds are usually carrying or sick with some kind of infection mostly bacterial. If he is found to have an infection, the other bird will need to be diagnosed and treated the same because birds either in same cage or same room will have the same kind of infection. Have Avian Vet do a throat swab to check for bacterial infection and general bloodwork to check for viral infection or problems with organ function.

Thanks for writing,
Linda

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