Green Cheek Conure's feathers??

by Kat
(Australia NSW)

picture of my GCC

picture of my GCC

A couple of the wing feathers (the ones that are closest to his body / that sit on his rump) are partially green and partially faded yellow/brown in colour - is this normal or possibly a sign of PBFD or Liver disease??? His underwing feathers, the blue ones, have black tips/edges (the wings are clipped) is this normal for green cheeks?? He seems otherwise fine...eats well, is alert etc.

Thank you for any advice/info you may have to offer!!

Kind Regards

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Jan 08, 2012
by: Gracie

My conure has been chewing on her red tail feathers? Help ? Any advice would be appreciated !

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Apr 10, 2008
GC Feather issue
by: The Vet

Nearly all of the feather issues that I see are nutritional in nature. If your bird is not on pellets, then this could be a nutritional problem. To avoid nutritional problems, you need to feed 80% pellets and 20% treats. A treat is anything that is not a pellet. The healthiest birds I see eat Harrison’s.

I have also diagnosed feather fungal infections that can cause surface changes in the feathers. In addition, bath sprays (bad ones), other topical spays such as mite sprays, and even bad water (like high levels of chlorine) can cause feather damage. If you have sprayed him with anything, then discontinue this practice until you can determine that it is unrelated.

Providing a full spectrum light will improve feather quality. I recommend that a full spectrum lamp be on them 2-4 hours per day.

Feather problems can be related to disease too, such as liver disease. From this picture, I cannot say that he does or does not have a disease but he appears healthy and the lesions on the feathers seem to be isolated to limited areas. This is an indication that it is likely not a systemic disease. From this picture the feathers aren’t very bad, but you need to see an avian veterinarian to diagnose the problem. When you find out what it is, please let me know.


Dr B

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