Tail feathers not molting

by Illa
(Sherman Texas)

I have an eight year old conure that goes through the molting process but never drops his tail feathers. They are bent and look chewed. I have him on the best food mixture for conures our pet stores offer. He will not eat fresh fruits or veggies and I am out of solutions. Can anyone offer suggestions or reasons?

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Aug 09, 2012
Tail feathers not molting
by: Linda

Please find and take your bird to be examined by an Avian Vet ONLY in your driving area. Until an avian vet has checked him out for infection or other physical issues, you will not know what is going on with him.

If you have your bird on a seed diet, then that is part of the answer. All seed diets are slow starvation for parrots. This site carries a few organic, high quality pelleted diets with Harrisons being the best in the country. Changing from seeds to pellets takes time and below is a link to article about how to go about it:


Before making any changes, bird has to be examined by an Avian Vet to rule out any physical issues before starting the changes in diet.

Conures do not like much fruit, and need only 10-15% of diet in any fruit and veggies with the rest in organic high quality pellets.


Aug 08, 2012
Tail feathers not molting
by: Tracie

You say your bird is on the best your pet store has to offer, but didn't mention the brand. There isn't any food at either of the two pet stores in my town that I would feed my birds, so nutrition could be an issue. If your bird is eating 80% of high quality pellets, like Harrison's or Roudybush pellets, then it is getting the proper nutrition.

Purchase Harrisons pellets: http://birdsupplysales.ashopcart.com/catalogue.php?exp=1|28|11|&cat=11&shop=1

Purchase Roudybush pellets: http://birdsupplysales.ashopcart.com/catalogue.php?exp=1|28|58|36|&cat=37&shop=1

It may or may not be a nutritional issue though. It may have a feather disease or something else. Please use this Find an Avian Vet link to search for an avian vet for your bird. If one is not listed, then there is another link at the top of the page you can use.


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