my black capped conure stinks!

by Natosha- Bumper's mom
(bloomington indiana)

My name is Natosha and i have a black capped conure named Bumper and he bathes all the time but he stinks! I cant really explain the smell but its not good! He is always on my shoulder so its not so fun for me, he seems perfectly happy and healthy i guess im the one that needs the saving :)

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Feb 24, 2011
my black capped conure stinks!
by: Linda

I don't know if you realize it or not, but it is NOT normal for a parrot to stink. There can be several reasons for this and one of them is a physical illness in the form of infection or toxicity within another organ. Another is living in filthy conditions and/or playing in its own poop.

What a bird eats will also come through pores of skin after it has eaten a lot of it on a regular basis. Are you feeding your bird organic pellets like Harrisons? If you are feeding anything except organic pellets, your bird is stinking because of eating a variety of dangerous chemicals. Birds who eat "people food" can also stink because people food is not to be fed to parrots.If you could smell humans as a dog can, you would understand stink. We are what we eat, and will smell like it.

I recommend two things here, one is to get your bird to an Avian Vet as soon as possible to be examined for infection and have some basic bloodwork done to see how organs are functioning. Birds eating all seed diets will suffer from various physical problems and will eventually die from one of them beause all seed diets are high in fat and very low in nutrition. It is like starving a bird to death by feeding it so much fat and no vitamins and minerals. Birds also cover illness because they are exotic wild animals. In the wild, a sick or injured bird is a dead bird because its flock will either kill it or drive it out to die alone. Injured and sick birds bring predators which a flock cannot deal with. So, just because your bird does not look sick at this time, does not mean he is NOT sick.

Here is a link on how to change from seeds to pellets, and it was written by an Avian Vet.Follow instruction as the change takes time. Do not make any changes until your bird has been examined by an Avian Vet.

Switching Birds to Pellets article

Thanks for writing,

Feb 23, 2011
Smelly bird
by: The Avian Vet

Many parrots have a natural odor, but I do not ever recall noticing an odor to the black-capped conure. If the odor is abnormal, it could be from his diet, a dirty cage, or he could have an infection causing bad breath. You should take him in to see an avian veterinarian to be sure this is not something serious.

Your bird should be eating a diet consisting of 80% pellets, like Harrison's, and only 20% healthy treats.

Dr B
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