I have a 7 year old lovebird, a male, which I think need to lose some weight. He has a feather disease (polyfolliculitis) which itches, so he picks his feathers, especially under the wings, the thighs and rump.
Now I can see rather large bald patches under the wings and legs and under the skin it looks like he has areas of yellow grease / lipoma? Could it be overweight or does all parrots look like that perhaps?
He's on a Harrisons pellets diet except for some millet as a treat sometimes. He is not interested in fruit and vegetables.
He has a large aviary and fly free every day. He has a lot of activation like things to chew on, searching for food, etc. He is alert and happy in general.
Since it is very stressful for him to be captured and taken to a veterinarian, I wonder if there is anything else I can begin to change first, if he is a bit overweight, if it is fat that I see under his skin?
Can I adjust the UV lamp, providing smaller portions of pellets, for example?