Sun conure feathers

by Joyce
(Riverview, FL)

My sun conure (Tedy) is 4 months old & I am worried about the condition of his feathers. I was searching for some pictures of healthy & unhealthy feathers to see if his looked similar.

I previously owned a green cheek conure (Kiwi) that I had to give a daily dose of Nekton-Bio. Kiwi's feathers looked as if he was chewing the ends off. Tedy's feathers still have round shape to ends but they're starting to look like color is missing along the edges. They look similar to Kiwi's feathers, just not as severe. I would like to know if this a natural stage as the feathers age or should I bring him to the vet to be examined?

I do have him on a healthy organic pellet (Feed Your Flock from Chet Whomack) diet blended with parrot mix (Bird Paradise)of fruits, vegetables, legumes & some nuts. His diet contains the minimum requirement of seed, and healthy limit of human food including yogurts & some dairy. I want to keep him as healthy as I possibly can & I wonder if this is a diet issue.

Reading through the Nekton-Bio information pamphlet it states that feather defects are caused by malnutrition or vitamin deficiency. At his well visit with the vet 1 month ago they said I should not need to supplement Tedy's diet with the Nekton-Bio, but now I am concerned and would appreciate any input on the subject.

We are all affected by this horrible economy, even though I love Tedy like a child I can't afford unnecessary visits to the vet. Your assistance with this question is greatly appreciated.

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Dec 04, 2011
sun conures
by: Anonymous

If you're concerned take your sun conure to an avian vet for vitamin checks.

And just to let you know that sun conures have green wing feathers & as they mature they will turn yellow.

The feathers also look like stress marks. Young parrots can get stress marks when weaning, changing homes, etc... Those feathers will moult out & he'll get healthier looking feathers.

I personally think the diet you have for your sun conure is good. If you have only just got this bird then what ever the issue is, has happened at the previous home/breeder & you can easily rectify it by the diet & taking him to a vet for a check up.

Dec 04, 2011
Conure feathers not nice looking
by: Tracie

4 months old is pretty young. It is possible that when it molts the new feathers will look MUCH better since you are feeding your bird a healthy diet.

If your breeder does not take their birds to an avian vet for checkups, then it is a good idea to save up for an avian vet visit. You can find an avian vet on our Find an Avian Vet page. Most take payments, so you don't have to have all the money up front.

We sell organic pellets at a discount here and toys too. Our avian vet suggests Harrison's or Roudybush pellets, but we sell the Totally Organics too. He just doesn't suggest those because they have not been on the market long enough for him to see the long term effects of those pellets. He knows that birds on Harrison's have very few health problems and never become egg bound if they start laying eggs.

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