My Green Cheek Conures tail feathers falling out

by Laurie
(Raleigh, NC USA)

A few days ago I noticed that my Green Cheeks' tail feathers are slowly falling out. The first day it was one feather, and the last two days he has lost two tail feathers each day.

He is out of his cage 80% of the time. I have a seperate dish with some sunflower seeds and frozen veggies(thawed of course)that I keep where he hangs out the most. Could it be that he isn't eating enough pellet food( Roudybush)? Should I cut down on the veggies and sunflower seeds? I hate to think that he may not be feeling well. Thanks ahead of time for any help. (Murphy's mom)

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Apr 10, 2012
pls help
by: bet

hi i have a green cheeked conure and he is only 2 months old after i give him a bth he starts have a fit/stroke/heart attacks dont now for sure.And now i have noticed all of his tailm feathers are all gone no wher to be seen can someone pls help me this is my first green cheeked conure someone pls help me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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You will need to Find an Avian Vet for your bird so it can be examined to determine what is wrong and what the potential treatment might be.

Dec 22, 2011
by: Laurie

I checked his tail feathers, he does have new ones growing in. I'm a new conure owner, and already love him to death, so I guess I panicked. Thank you for the information on his diet. It has been well noted. I really appreciate the help!

Dec 22, 2011
Bird with tail feathers falling out
by: Tracie

I don't think just tail feathers would come out due to not eating enough pellets. If your bird is not getting new tail feathers in, then please Find an Avian Vet to examine your bird to make sure it doesn't have an infection or feather disease.

You DO need to be feeding 80% pellets and only 20% treats. You need to provide pellets where he spends 80% of it's day and only provide treats when he has eaten most of his pellets at least. Seeds are high fat and will cause fatty liver disease as well as weaken their immune system.

(Our avian vet suggests birds eat Harrison's or Roudybush pellets.)

In the wild birds get lots of exercise flying from place to place foraging. Also, wild birds only live a few years, so if we want to keep our birds healthy and live longer we have to treat them like kids and feed them what is healthy even if they prefer the junk food. LOL

Thanks for writing!

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