WHY is my Blue Fronted Amazon Parrot bald on his body?

by melissa
(mobile,alabama,usa)

SO!!i just got this lil guy yesterday and his body is bald, he has tail feathers, feathers on his head and wing feathers. he was sorta a rescue. When i got him home i figured out he wont let you hold him, and he is talking. he is not very active..they said they were feeding him a parrot food they bought from walmart, so I gave it a slice of apple and a grape and that bird was happy has can be, please help me figure out why he is bald and how to fix it


p.s. he has been bald for atleast two months now.

i was also told i could feed him raw meat is this true?

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Oct 23, 2010
WHY is my Blue Fronted Amazon Parrot bald on his body?
by: Linda

To follow-up what Tracie said, here is some information about how your bird needs to be eating. NEVER, EVER FEED MEAT OF ANY KIND RAW OR COOKED OR ANY PEOPLE FOOD WHATSOEVER as these will not only make your bird sick but can kill him. Raw meat should not be fed to any animals because of all the bacteria and chemicals that are in it.

He needs to be changed over to an organic pelleted diet like Harrison's
which is sold here. He'll need the Course Grind for size of pellets. The change from seeds takes time, and here is a link about how to go about it:

Switching Birds to Pellets article
The other thing is you HAVE TO TAKE your bird to an Avian Vet immediately because he most likely has some kind of infection that needs to be diagnosed and treated. Before starting any kind of changes in diet or training, you have to have him thoroughly examined by an Avian Vet.

You also need to get busy learning everything you can about Blue Front Amazons, and you can find a wealth of info on the internet. He needs a large cage with natural branch wood perches found in pet stores and toys appropriate for his size. Amazons like toys with lots of wood they can chew which helps keep their beaks honed down.Do not use any concrete, pumice or sand perches as these dry out the feet to the point of toes falling off. Use safe, natural branch wood perches so his feet and legs are comfortable.

Amazons do not usually like much petting though they are affectionate in the form of talking to you and enjoying being with you. Your bird has been neglected and before you can start training him, he will have to have been cleared by an Avian Vet. A sick bird cannot learn because they feel bad just like you do when you are sick.

Linda

Oct 23, 2010
Bald Amazon parrot
by: Tracie

Thank you for taking this bird and looking for help. Your first step will need to be to take your bird to an avian vet. Please read our Feather Damaging Behavior article that was written by an avian vet.

If you need help finding an avian vet, you can look on our Find an Avian Vet page. Please do NOT take your bird to a regular vet, they do not have the training and knowledge needed to care for birds and often kill them during routine visits.

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