Sun Conure Feathers seem dry, brittle

by Don
(Champaign, IL)

I have a 1 year old Sun Conure and a 6 week old Sun Conure. I never noticed this until I got the young one, but the one year old's feathers don't seem as healthy. As compared to the 6 week old, they are not as full... shorter and some of the tail feathers are broken. Also on his back some of the surface feathers appear "worn" and jaged.

Can you tell me how I can improve his feather health?

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Dec 21, 2007
re: Sun Conure Feathers seem dry, brittle
by: Monica

You should take your sun conure to an avian vet to first ensure that you have a healthy bird. You can ask your avain vet about hemp seed, flax seed, or even flax seed oil. They are said to be good for the beak and feathers.

Make sure that your conures are on a healthy diet (fresh sprouts, fresh veggies, some fruits, a good seed mix and/or pellet mix, preferably no dyes), get plenty of bathes (a good 3 times a week if not more would do it)... you could take them outside (harnessed or in a cage) or use full spectrum lighting as well.

Active birds tend to have broken feathers, and may have worn out feathers. However, these should not be mistaken for unhealthy feathers. Young birds tend to be clumsy so usually tend to have broken tail feathers. Birds that play a lot may also have dull or miscolored feathers due to rubbing the feathers too much. However, like I said, this should not be mistaken for unhealthy feathers. If they are on a good diet, and get enough bathes, given time and a few molts their feathers should come back in healthy. However, if something is wrong then the feathers may come back in unhealthy.

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