"Rescued" abused Parrot has odd "naked" feathers on head??

by Jessica
(North Carolina)

My father has just brought home two parrots, a Jenday Conure and what we believe to be a Senegal, from a rather abusive home. When we finally got them in the light (it was night when we got them home) we noticed the Senegal seemed to have "naked" feathers on and around his head and upper torso. I have never seen anything like this before, as we are new to birds, but it's enough to make me worried.

The best I can describe these feathers is that they look like just the shafts, nothing more, and seem to be clipped.

I don't have pictures at the moment, but I'd really appreciate any help or advice as to what might cause this and how to fix it.

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Nov 04, 2009
Rescued Parrots
by: Linda

THE VERY FIRST THING YOU NEED DO WITH BOTH OF THEM IS TO MAKE APPOINTMENT WITH AN AVIAN VET AND TAKE THEM IN FOR A CHECKUP. VET WILL CHECK FOR INFECTIONS AND/OR PARASITES INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL AND ANY OTHER PHYSICAL PROBLEMS THEY MAY HAVE. This trip to Avian vet is an absolute must considering that if they were abused, they've also been neglected.

Next is to get started on changing them over from all seeds to a high quality organic pelleted diet like Harrisons. The change takes some time, and Dr. B, the resident vet has written an article that will help you with that. Switching Birds to Pellets article.
Tracie carries the Harrisons and a few other organic pelleted diets out here, and we've used Harrison's for many years and are pleased with the results. They also make a great Birdy Bread mix that will help in the changeover from seeds. All seed diets slowly kill birds as they don't provide anywhere near the nutrition the parrots need.

Lastly, once you have your two new birds safely to the vet and have started them on a new diet, you'll need to study about both of your birds. There are books on this site and a wealth of information on the internet. Birds have certain needs, and study is the only way to understand those better. Parrots also have roughly the intelligence and emotional development of a 4-5 year old human child, which makes them very sensitive to human's moods, anger and the full spectrum of our emotions. These poor birds have had it very hard, so please give them the best you can give as they deserve it.

Thank you for taking them in as their plight is what a lot of these birds end up in because of too much breeding and greed. The parrots live a long, long time, and their lives can be a continual hell when they fall into the wrong hands which happens more often than I like to contemplate. May God richly bless you and your family for helping these angels in feathers and all your love, time and money will be returned to you times 10 or more--fact not fiction as I've lived this for many, many years. Commitment and Love has its own rewards, so don't hold back on helping these sweet little birds.

Keep us posted as we are here to support each other in taking the BEST care of our birds. Nothing more than they deserve!
Linda

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