Rainbow Lorikeet has lost tail feathers

We have had our Rainbow Lorikeet for almost a year now and he seems have lost all his (or her) tail feathers.

What could be the reason for this - is there any thing we can do - I guess they won't re-grow?

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May 06, 2012
Rainbow Lorikeet has lost tail feathers
by: Linda

Well, there is a reason the tail feathers are not coming back in, so you can't just accept this abnormal condition without doing something. The first thing is to have your bird examined for infections or other physical causes for this condition. This is a must and not an option. Find an Avian Vet and only take him to an Avian Vet because dog and cat vets are not licensed or trained in diagnosing and treating birds and will make matters worse and charge you a lot of money for nothing.

Once your bird has had an exam and either been cleared for problems or treated for them, then you can look at diet. Parrots do very well eating high quality organic pelleted diet like Harrisons. Lori's also have other dietary needs which if not met will be overall very unhealthy. A bird whose feathers do not grow back indicates an unhealthy bird.

Here is a link about what your bird should eat:

http://www.parrot-and-conure-world.com/vet-suggestions-for-budgie-lory-and-eclectus-diets.html - says Lories have entirely different dietary needs. They eat nectar, both dry and wet, a few pellets (about 50%) and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Here is another link about how to change from poor quality diet to one using organic pellets:

Switching Birds To Pellets article

So, you have your work cut out for you and do not begin any dietary changes until your bird has been thoroughly examined by an Avian Vet. Sick birds cannot stand stress of the changes.

Thanks for writing and let us know what avian vet has to say, and you can find Harrisons' pellets here.

Linda

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