My lorries dark feathers on his back

by Meg Eddy
(Healesville AU)

hi my name is meg and I have a beautiful 6 month old lorikeet. over the past month some of the feathers on his back have turned dark and I would like to know why. He/she is very chirpy and sociable and doesn't appear to be unwell. I hope you can help.

Meg Eddy

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Jul 31, 2011
My lorries dark feathers on his back
by: Linda

Meg, this could be due to bird's molting old feathers out and new ones coming in. Keep an eye on him to see if new pin feathers start coming in after the darker ones are dropped. If these ARE new feathers, then your bird could have an infection that has not become severe yet or could have an imbalance of some kind in the diet.

All new birds have to be taken to an Avian Vet the first few days to a week we have them. The reason for this is that all birds coming out of pet shops are already incubating or sick with some kind of infection from being thrown together with a lot of other birds. The stress of moving can in and of itself bring the immune system down to a point where bird gets sick. Birds do not get over infections without being diagnosed and treated by an Avian Vet. Use no over the counter meds or home remedies. Make sure you are feeding a proper diet, and I'm putting a link to an article about that below. Diet is the most important aspect of bird keeping other than taking them to avian vets when needed plus having large, clean cages to live in and toys to play with.

Vet suggestions for budgie, lory and eclectus diets

There are organic pellets and other organic foods on this site, and your bird needs to be eating organic to avoid pesticide/fertilizer residue, preservatives, dyes and other chemicals that are harmful to birds.

Let us know how this goes as we are here to support you and your bird in any way we are able.


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