Green Cheeked Conure ripping out blood feathers
HI-- I noticed that my 3 yr old GCC has been pulling out a good number of the new feathers that were coming in. He's in a pretty heavy molt. Make that extremely heavy. I just looked.
I've noticed him remove the odd one here an there over the years (at least i suspected that was what was happening, as i'd find a keratin sheath & growing feather stuck to a cage bar or the window behind the cage), but today I took 9 tiny little keratin sheaths with growing feathers from the bottom of his cage. I had just changed his paper yesterday.
There are bare patches appearing on his legs. It's not too noticeable unless he stretches out. At first, I thought our Hahn's had turned her feather destructive habits on the GCC. She picks. The GCC has never looked like this before.
He is eating normally, if maybe a bit more. We feed Bird Paradise dry food blend for munching in the cage. That is a pellet based food with dried fruits, veggies, nuts and herbs. They also get breakfast and dinner, consisting of either egg, fruit, veggies, chicken and rice or some other nutritionally sound food. I add Palm Nut oil to any warm food to help with my Hahn's picking habit. They get baths almost daily and trick training sessions for positive interaction.