our loving Charlie bird at 15 yrs. old.

by Bev
(Harrisburg, IL.)

Dusky conure, charlie eating a jelly donut.

Dusky conure, charlie eating a jelly donut.

last several months our dusky conure is digging at her feathers and/or skin..losing feathers on her legs and under her wings..she is 15 yrs. old and our baby..she is never sick, eats good, but is constantly digging and twitching..we have bought meds for mites and a bath spray with aloe vera in it..seems to help until it dries and then she resumes this again..she is sitting on my shoulder or husbands shoulder constantly..is only in her cage at night to sleep in her happy hut..she started laying eggs at the age of 10..please help us in this situation..thanks. Bev.

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Apr 23, 2010
our loving Charlie bird at 15 yrs. old.
by: Linda

Bev, I hate to be the one to tell you this, but your bird can die from eating processed sugar. If he eats too much of it JUST ONE TIME, he will simply keel over dead.

Please do as Tracie recommended and get your bird on an organic, high quality diet of pellets. LEAVE PEOPLE FOOD TO PEOPLE, AND THIS MEANS ALL TABLE FOOD AND/OR PEOPLE SNACKS. Processed sugar, salt and fat are deadly to birds. The salt and sugar kill quickly, and the fatty foods take a little longer and kill none the less.

I just about fell out of my chair when I saw what he was eating in the pix. Believe me, you are a very lucky person to still have your Charlie with you as a bite or two of a jelly donut will almost instantly kill a bird as small as a budgie, and larger birds usually are getting much more of it than them.

Thanks for writing,

Apr 23, 2010
Conure losing feathers
by: Tracie

I am sorry to read about your bird having this problem.

Please STOP the mite stuff right away, that stuff is known to kill birds.

Take your bird to see an avian vet ASAP. The avian vet will examine your bird and run tests to find out exactly what is causing this problem. It could have an internal infection.

Your bird is beautiful in the picture you provided, but you need to know that your bird should NOT be eating sugary or fried foods. Our avian vet suggests that birds be fed 80% healthy pellets like Harrison's and only 20% healthy treats.

If you need help getting your bird to eat pellets, please read our Switching Birds to Pellets article.

If you need help finding an avian vet in your area, you can look at the list on our Find an Avian Vet page. There are links at the top that you can check out if you don't see one listed on the page that is near you.

Thanks for writing and I sure hope your avian vet will be able to get to the bottom of this quickly.

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