Sun conure losing gray feathers

by Anita

Our 10 year old sun conure lost all her breast and tummy and under her wing gray feathers literally over night. She is totally bare in those spots and she does not usually pluck much at them to have caused this massive feather loss. Other than she behaves and eats normal.
Any ideas if this is an infection. We don't have an avian vet nearby and I am wondering if I should take her to vet at all if she doesn't seem sick.

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Jul 10, 2010
Sudden loss of feathers
by: The Avian Vet

Yes, she needs to see an avian veterinarian and you should drive to wherever there is one. This is likely not a behavior. It could be an infection, but it could be other things too.

Dr B

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Jul 08, 2010
Sun conure losing gray feathers
by: Linda

Anita, I strongly suggest you find an Avian Vet immediately and take your bird in for a checkup. Infections usually start low-key and gain momentum as they progress.

This can also be diet related, and all parrots need to be eating 80-85% organic pellets, and Harrison's is recommended by Avian Vets. If your bird is eating an all seed diet, even with vitamin/mineral additives, he is NOT eating a good diet to keep him in healthy skin and feathers. The vitamin supplements tend to be not digested properly since they are synthetic, and birds do not do well with synthetic anything. Here is a link on how to go about the change from seeds to organic pellets:

Switching Birds to Pellets article.

California and Florida are the Nation's top bird breeding states, so you will have an Avian Vet not too far away. Distance is relative anyway. When you have birds, you HAVE TO ALSO HAVE AN AVIAN VET to diagnose and treat them and give them once a year checkups. The older the bird gets, the more important these yearly checkups are, so don't delay finding an Avian Vet in your area and getting your bird a good overall checkup with weight taken to make sure he is at a good weight. The organic pellets are sold here on Tracie's site, and it is recommended you start working to change bird over to them immediately. NO PEOPLE OR TABLE FOOD, ALCOHOL OR OTHER PEOPLE FOOD OR DRINK ITEMS. NO FATTY NUTS OR OTHER FATTY FOODS as these cause fatty liver disease later on in a bird's life. The dietary foundation you create today will sustain your bird in good health even into old age. To keep feeding a very poor diet will ensure an early death from many diet-related issues.Poor diet also lowers body's ability to heal from disease and injury.

Thanks for writing,

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