by Paul D
Hi and thank you in advance for any advice.
Quick history, I took in this green cheek conure from a family home that had no time or attention for the bird, from what i can gather she (jay-GCC) was mis treated. She came to me as a nervous wreck, trembling, shaking, plucked and generally in a very poor way.
I am home bound due to spinal disability so am able to spend all my time devoted to giving Jay the love care and attention she so rightly deserves. I had her checked over at the vet (bog standard vet, not avian) and she was treated for mites and giardia.
Now she is a normal feisty loving playful green cheek that is never in her cage, has a chest of draws that she adopted as her sleeping area (made birdy safe), me for a climbing frame, a play area and a good rotation of toys. Her diet is well balanced, with fresh fruits and veggies, mixed seeds, a few sunflower seeds but wont let her have to many, pelleted mix and supplements, but alas she still plucks her belly, shoulders of wings and back.
Mites and scaly are out of the equation, but she acts like its mites or something irritating her, she can be playing away quite happily then stop look down at her belly or back and pluck, she is also always scratching which inevitable leads to a pluck or two, she bathes & preens regulary, but as a rule she generally plucks most after a bath, its always her new feathers, she just wont let them grow.
Ideally it would be best for her if i could get her to an avian vet, unfortunately as i am no longer able to work i would be struggling to find money to pay for the bills, had i known i would no longer be able to go back to work i would probably have not taken her on knowing i would not be able to meet and bills arising, but ive always been a bird person and just couldnt bare to see her unhappy when i knew i could give her the love & attention she so craved for and now there is no way we can be parted.