Thin Sun Conure

I have two sun conures. One whose about 2 and a half years old, and the other whose about a year and a half.

The older one is a typical healthy, happy sun conure with some unusual coloration to her primary and secondary flight feathers, as well as the tail feathers. The ones that are suppose to be solid blue are tipped butter yellow, and the ones that are suppose to be solid green are tipped regular conure yellow. I think she might be a hybrid, or just have a genetic color mutation, but I don't know.

The youngest one though is very thin with a protruding breast bone. I feed them both a very healthy and varied diet, and even give him more, but he's still very thin. I've even spoiled him with nuts and other high calorie food, but nothing.

I've also noticed that his grip isn't very strong, even after having him for about a year now. I give him plenty of calcium and protein, but nothings helped. He also has to poop every ten minutes, but there's nothing unusual about the droppings.

At first I thought is was the diet, so I tried different things, but didn't get any results. I also thought it might be worms, but I haven't seen anything in his droppings, and if it was, then my other conure would have them too. Maybe he has a high metabolism?...

Also, he's a very quiet bird. It's not that he can't be loud for any reason, he just doesn't like to be. He's more content being a sweet shoulder bird the majority of the time.

He seems healthy otherwise, but his weight really worries me. What should I do?

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Nov 26, 2009
Thin Sun Conure
by: Linda

Your bird is sick, and needs to see an Avian Vet immediately. He possibly has an infection that has been neglected, and they just get worse and worse until they are taken to a vet to diagnose the infection and provide medicine to take care of it. Your bird is starving to death right before your eyes, and yet I did not hear a word about ever seeing an Avian Vet. If I have misunderstood, please accept my sincere apologies.

If I have not misunderstood, get your bird to an Avian Vet immediately because your bird is dying as we speak. To have watched this process for so long and not done anything is beyond my comprehension.

Your birds need to be eating a pelleted diet that is high quality and organic. Harrison's is a good one, and Tracie carries it and a few more out here. The seeds heavy in fat are not good for birds, so don't feed them to any of your birds. Calcium supplements are not useful in the case of a sick bird either. All that does is create an imbalance in nutrition. When feeding Harrisons, they ask you NOT to add any vitamin/mineral supplements to diet as their food is complete.

So, get your dying bird to an Avian Vet immediately or get a box ready to put him in for burial. Get your birds on a high quality diet and when you see a bird starving to death, please find an Avian vet to help you and your bird. Starvation is a very long and painful process, and your bird is suffering all kinds of agony here. Please take bird to an Avian vet immediately.


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