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Your Parrotlet's Health You may ask any questions about your parrotlet's health in this forum.

About your bird feathers

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Old 09-13-2012, 09:30 PM   #11
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Thanks to all who responded. Took Petey (for company, Suzie had to come too), to the vet today. According to the vet, SUZIE is the culprit!! The vet thinks that when she preens him she chews at his feathers! It does make sense that she LIKES TO CHEW. She CHEWS everything. So we bought her some new chew toys, but the advise was also to separate her from Petey for A YEAR! Petey is going to have a FIT. I guess I will place the cages side by side, and we can let them have SUPERVISED visits with each other, but I know he is going to miss her. Oh well, at least he is not sick. Anyway, just thought I would say thanks to all!
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:51 AM   #12
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Old 10-08-2012, 03:01 PM   #13
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[quote=moughamian;136316] I'm starting to give him very little seed and beefing up on carrots, spinach, parsley and I have an angry guy to deal with, but I don't know what else to do. [quote]

Parsley is fatal to parrotlets. It doesn't seem to be the cause of the situation, but it'll lead to something far worse...

We've had great luck in satisfying Punk'N and his chewing habits with bamboo, fingercuffs on his perches and fresh wheatgrass in his cage. This may help your culpret's urge to shred in between visits with her lil man.
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Old 10-10-2012, 09:12 PM   #14
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Can anyone help me? I have three little guys (ok one is a gal). Two are a little over a year old and one is 10 months. The two boys share a cage with plexy glass separating them. The gal is by herself. The question is my gal, Greta is almost bare doing so in about two weeks. Benton isn't bare but looks scraggly. He's completely covered but his head looks rough and his feathers are not smooth and tight to his body. And now Grayson the youngest's head is looking rough. I read that a good pellet diet is a must, so about three weeks ago or so I got pellets for small birds (Canary and Finch). I had the larger ones for Parakeets, but they wouldn't eat them. These they are eating. I mix the pellets with seeds 3 parts pellets with 1 part seed. They seem to love these pellets. I also give them millet twice a week as a treat. I try to give them other fruits and veggies but I just end up taking them out of their cages because they don't touch them. I let them play once a week in the sink with about a half inch of water because they won't use their birdbaths. Does anyone have any idea what might be going on with the feathers? Should I maybe take them to the vet?
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Old 10-11-2012, 10:11 AM   #15
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Can anyone help me? I have three little guys (ok one is a gal). Two are a little over a year old and one is 10 months. The two boys share a cage with plexy glass separating them. The gal is by herself. The question is my gal, Greta is almost bare doing so in about two weeks. Benton isn't bare but looks scraggly. He's completely covered but his head looks rough and his feathers are not smooth and tight to his body. And now Grayson the youngest's head is looking rough. I read that a good pellet diet is a must, so about three weeks ago or so I got pellets for small birds (Canary and Finch). I had the larger ones for Parakeets, but they wouldn't eat them. These they are eating. I mix the pellets with seeds 3 parts pellets with 1 part seed. They seem to love these pellets. I also give them millet twice a week as a treat. I try to give them other fruits and veggies but I just end up taking them out of their cages because they don't touch them. I let them play once a week in the sink with about a half inch of water because they won't use their birdbaths. Does anyone have any idea what might be going on with the feathers? Should I maybe take them to the vet?
I would definitely take them to an avian vet to rule out any parasite, etc. Also to see if they have any deficiency that requires attention. Other causes can be boredom, not preening properly, or fear (are they near a window and scared by outside cats, etc.). First course is always the vet and then going from there.
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Thanks for your advice. I might add they all have toys and they do play with them. I also have three perches and a swing for each. The funny thing is the one that is the least active has the best feathers. They are not right in front of a window but they are in a room that has a wall of windows so it is very bright. They all get excited to come out of their cages (they each have their funny routine to get to me when I open the cage door). None of them seem frightened, maybe a tad jumpy if I move my hand to fast to say pet them or have them shake hands. The naked one had a bunch of new feathers pop today, so maybe she won't be so bare in a few days. I also have one of those mite cans on the shelf where their cages are. I think I will give them another week or so and if things aren't better they will go see the doctor.
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Old 12-26-2012, 05:52 PM   #17
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My vet had me include red palm oil for my Rory who decided to pluck when she was about 5-6months old. Not sure if that is what did the trick or not but she has for the most part been fully feathered now for quite some time.

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Hello there. I have red palm oil. How do you administer it? Mix it with pellets?
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Hello there. I have red palm oil. How do you administer it? Mix it with pellets?
You could mix it with the veggies or food the eat.
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Exclamation My green parotlet grew yellow feathers?

I have a green male pacific who is pied but last week he began losing some feathers, I think he was molting, but regrew some bright yellow tail feathers! What is happening he is green and blue, is this normal for pied parotlets? HELP?
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I have a green male pacific who is pied but last week he began losing some feathers, I think he was molting, but regrew some bright yellow tail feathers! What is happening he is green and blue, is this normal for pied parotlets? HELP?
Yep, watching the colors come in on a pied is the fun of it. They can change dramatically. All depends on the genetics of the parents.
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