Once Green feathers getting dark

by Marilyn
(Bronx, New York)

My lovebird sonny's feather's have been changing. They aren't as bright anymore and are getting darker on some spots. Is this an indication of illness? I am very worried.

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Oct 19, 2009
Forgot to mention...
by: Marilyn

Sorry Tracie I forgot to mention that the vet was an avain vet. Thanks again.

Oct 19, 2009
Thank you so much
by: Marilyn

I took Sonny to the vet about 2months ago because he was scratching, not picking the feathers around is neck. The feather are growing back. I read and re-read your comments and I appreciate everything said. I am going to try changing his diet. I just ordered Harrisons pellets and read the article you suggested. I just received confirmation for the delivery of the full spectrum lamp I ordered. We should get it in a few days. Other than the feathers issues he is acting normal. He plays, chirps, follows me around the house (wings are clipped). He bathes with me, his poop is of normal consistancy and color. I just hope I am acting in time. I love him very much and would hate for him to be suffering. I will try anything once but am very leary with so much on-line information. I don't know what to do. I hope your suggestions work. Thank you so much. Stay tuned.

Oct 19, 2009
Lovebird feather problems
by: Tracie

How long ago did you take your bird to the vet and was this an avian vet or a regular vet?

If you just took your bird and your bird has not had a molt, then he still has his old feathers and you will not see a change yet.

If you need help switching your bird to Harrison's pellets, please read Dr B's Switching Birds to Pellets article.

Oct 19, 2009
Feathers getting darker
by: Marilyn

I did take him to the Vet and he gave me Sunshine factor to give him for one week, which I did. Should I give it to him again. I spent over $400.00 on blood work and nothing. The vet seemed very caring and thought he would've mentioned the discoloration of the feathers if there was a real concern which he didn't. I know you said to take him to the vet but really I don't know what else to do. I have been trying to change his diet but I have to admit I didn't know which one to use. Thank you for the suggestion I will purchase these. I also sent for a full spectrum light. Sonny hardly gets any sunshine. Very little light comes into my apartment. Do you think I should wait and see if your suggestions work or do you really recommend taking him back to the vet. Please advise.

Oct 19, 2009
Feathers changing color
by: The Vet

Yes, this could be an illness. You should have your bird examined by an avian veterinarian at least once a year. Now would be a good time to go, too, since Sonny is showing potential signs of disease.

It could also be related to nutrition. If your bird is not eating pellets, then you need to switch her diet to Harrison's or Roudybush. This could also be related to to little light and poor quality light. I recommend getting a full spectrum light. ZooMed Avian Sun is the best one.

Dr B

Oct 19, 2009
feathers getting dark
by: Linda

Yes, this can be a result of illness, and it can also be the result of a diet lacking in highly nutritious food. Food directly effects feather color and brightness.

Your bird needs to be eating an organic pelleted diet like Harrison's which Tracie carries out here. You would choose the smaller size grind for your smaller bird.

The changeover from seeds takes some time, and Harrisons makes a Birdy Bread mix which is delicious and easy to fix and feed. All the Harrisons products have NO PRESERVATIVES and have to be refrigerated once they are opened. They need to be left in bag they come in as well. The Birdy Bread mix can keep in refrigerator for up to a week and frozen for up to 6 months. The Birdy Bread mix needs the organic red palm oil, Sunshine Factor in it which Tracie also sells out here.

The change is gradual, and the bread will help to get bird used to eating the pellets as it contains the Harrisons' pellet recipe plus some goodies.

I would take bird to Avian vet and have him checked for infection or problems with kidneys and liver. Get bird started on a more wholesome diet, and you will have bright, colorful feathers and a healthy bird living a long life. It may appear that Harrisons is too expensive, and weigh the little extra for the food against a lot of vet bills, and it is actually cheaper in long and short run. We've been using their products for many years, and our birds are more healthy and resistant to infections and/or parasites.


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