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06-13-2017 04:32 AM  4 months agoPost 1
JetFire

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Hi everyone. I'm seeking for those who has some parrot knowledge. My girlfriend and I are somewhat knew to the bird hobby. We know the basics and have handled smaller birds like parakeets and love birds in the past and our newest addition to the family is our Green Cheek Conures. Enzo and Zoey, two of which are pairs and have had them for almost a year. They both get lots of love and attention but in the past two weeks, we have noticed that Zoey has been going through some transformation and change in habits. At first, her feathers started showing discoloration and have seen her sit on her tail as if she's either preening or biting her feathers like something is agitating her. And just recently her chest got fluffy which appears to look like down feathers and now its falling off with a spot of exposed skin. I'm not certain if this is a part of the molting process for this size of bird because our love birds didn't show such drastic changes when they went through it... or if its something else. I've made an appointment to have her check by a veterinarian that specializes in birds but unfortunately, the earliest she can be seen is this coming Saturday. Any information would be much appreciated and I've enclosed some pictures for a visual in what I'm trying to describe. My girlfriend and I are trying to convince ourselves that she be OK, but I need to hear from anyone out there who have some knowledge with parrots to give us some comforting words that there is nothing to worry about or if we should take some sort of immediate action. Thanks in advance.


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06-13-2017 05:52 AM  4 months agoPost 2
xcellgasman101

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Is she egg bound?? If so put her in your bathroom turn the shower on hot and let it steam up the room. (Don't put the bird in the shower just in the room) We used to have to do this to some of our birds. Not saying that this is the problem but it might be?? XGM/VGM

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06-13-2017 02:17 PM  4 months agoPost 3
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be wary of vets, especially those that will look at exotics and avian... they tend to put you on a treadmill of bills and tests. only go to vets that have been recommended by word of mouth.
At first, her feathers started showing discoloration and have seen her sit on her tail as if she's either preening or biting her feathers like something is agitating her
thats exactly whats happening (my sister raises birds , finches on up to love birds and cockatiels). feathers that are chopped up are indications of a bored or agitated bird that needs more space and more things to do (especially if others are not showing the same signs), sometimes birds can gang up on an individual or even just not tolerate each other when paired (but when you are around they act just fine)... and that can induce this sort of behavior as well...

should answer your question why they are pulling their feathers out when all other factors have been ruled out... http://www.2ndchance.info/selfpluck.htm

showing a preference will only get you into trouble, 90% of everything is crap...

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06-14-2017 01:14 AM  4 months agoPost 4
balbs

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I agree with the boredom assessment. I knew someone that had a cockatoo that did that. The feathers came back after she started taking the cockatoo everywhere she went.

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06-14-2017 03:45 AM  4 months agoPost 5
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my brother's wife had a pair of love birds for a short time, he said they were loving birds,, then, when the female started laying eggs she became so aggressive she would hiss like a cat at every one and charge at them, I guess they they gave them away, I didn't think to ask

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06-14-2017 08:03 AM  4 months agoPost 6
Lotus7

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A friend's parrot was diagnosed with Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease.
A fatal , contagious viral disease- It has followed the route of Python's Norwegian Blue

But then , lots of parrots when bored or caged , start plucking feathers . At "bed time" cover the cage with a drape of sorts. If unsure have it checked out .

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06-14-2017 11:53 AM  4 months agoPost 7
sjgusmc21

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My advice....DON'T OWN A PARROT. JMO.

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06-14-2017 06:04 PM  4 months agoPost 8
outhouse

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They pull their own feathers as a nervous habit.

What seems like a lot of attention to you is very little to them.

they are highly social by nature.

My Cockatoo of 13 years did that and I gave him to friends who paid more attention to him and his feathers grew back.

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06-14-2017 06:05 PM  4 months agoPost 9
outhouse

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Your birds look OK in the pics, not a problem yet.

as they mature they also go though seasonal mood changes which for mine was around 7 years old

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06-16-2017 09:24 PM  4 months agoPost 10
JetFire

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Thanks for replying

I appreciate everyone for taking the time to reply. I have a relative that chimed in via my FB that has a friend who also had Green Cheek Conures... and said that my bird is perfectly ok. She just going through a molting process. She is plucking some of her down feathers cause of irritation but not removing the ones growing. Its a relief to know thats all it is. But again.. thanks everyone


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06-18-2017 04:00 AM  4 months agoPost 11
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well, if you find her on the floor dragging her butt she's got worms

Jim
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