Red Bellied Parrot has turned frightened

by Jennifer
(Simi, CA, USA)

I've had my now year old red belly parrot boy since September. He wasn't handled much before I got him but he warmed up to me in a week, but nobody else. He eventually warmed up to my husband a little. Almost 3 weeks ago while spending time with me while I was on my laptop, he suddenly became hand shy & angry. I took him back to his cage, soothing him. He since is scared. He had 2 wing blood feathers come out but doesn't seem to be molting like my Jenday does.

What should I do? He's started his funny morning chatter again, and games, but is still very frightened.

Thank you so much,


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Apr 14, 2010
Red Bellied Parrot has turned frightened
by: Linda

Your bird needs to be seen by an Avian Vet in your area, and California is FULL of Avian Vets, so it should not be a problem. It is not normal for blood feathers to fall out. Only older feathers fall out during a molt, and this sounds like a physical problem that needs to be addressed by an Avian Vet. Only take bird to an Avian Vet as the regular dog and cat vets are NOT LICENSED OR TRAINED IN TAKING CARE OF BIRDS.

Also, keep bird away from any kind of computer or tv screen as they can get lethal doses of radiation from being close to the monitors. They also cannot see what you see on the screen anyway. All they see are pixels that are jumping around and this can cause seizures. So, if you want him in the room with you when watching tv or working on computer, make sure he is a minimum of 3 feet away from any CRT screen and even farther is advisable.

His fright has something to do with the CRT, and he needs to be seen and examined by an Avian Vet as he may also have infections which will need a diagnosis and treatment.Losing blood feathers indicates a weakness physically. Hopefully you're feeding him organic high quality pellets and not an all seed diet. If he's not eating an organic pelleted diet, you need to change him over right away because all seed diets are very low in nutrition, and skin and feathers are how it shows on the outside of the bird. What is going on on the inside is even worse than that, so parrots need high quality, organic pellets and Tracie carries several kinds out here. Her avian vet suggests Harrison's pellets.

Thanks for writing,

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