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    Conure problems

    My little baby, Tuka, has recently been to the vet. They checked him out and said everyone was a o.k., so I took him home happily and worked on one of the few things I was told to which was his diet.. including healthier things other than seed and some of the pellets that the vet gave me.
    Anyway, shortly after the vet visit Tuka's chest feathers were pulled out. I was nervous, but also told by the vet this may happen. So now he had grey down feathers lining his chest where it used to be a bright beautiful green, and I am worried because it has been at least a month and his green feathers have not come back.. not only that, but he itches his chest frequently (and the back near where his wings fold) and I'm starting to get paranoid that he may be picking out his feathers.
    I feel really bad about this, I'm the only one in the house who takes care of him but I have a full time job and am going to college full time and have friends, go work out, ect.. so I try to spend time with him as much as I can, even if that means letting him sleep in my room once a while (which he seems to love very much, I hope it's not disrupting anything for him) but I'm really nervous and worried about what's going on with his feathers. I hope he's not sick, and I hope he's okay.. any advice?

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    Re: Conure problems

    hi there, may i ask what kind of conure that you have?

    Thank You Cara!!

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    Re: Conure problems

    I believe he is a peach front conure.. I'll have pictures of him on my sig/avatar soon to show him off to the world =D

    Oooh, and we live close by! (chicago land area for you, some ways south of chicago for me)\

    Here's a pic of his problem

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    Re: Conure problems

    At first I thought he was an orange front because of the white around the eyes, but after looking at the big picture, I think you are right that he is a peach front. They seem like sweet birds!
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    Re: Conure problems

    Just curious, why did the vet suspect this might happen?

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    Re: Conure problems

    After I got done with the visit (she took some blood work) she said that he may pluck out some front feathers probably because of the process of doing the blood work which may have stressed the poor baby out but that was a while ago and I was hoping by now they'd grow back and it would stop but I'm kind of paranoid it's getting worse..
    When the tests came back from the blood work he checked out perfectly healthy. And she said he was in excellent condition.

    Oh, and there's orange around his eyes.

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    Yeah sorry, the eyes looked different in the little picture. Definitely a peach front.

    That's really strange about the plucking. If the bloodwork all came back fine, then I guess it must be stress related. Their feathers can take a while to grow back. Have you asked the vet about it?

    Also, she is an older bird, right? Has she ever plucked before? Was this her first time to the vet?

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    Re: Conure problems

    Let's see.. I haven't asked the vet about it, but tomorrow I'm going to give her a call.
    Tuka is at least 11 years old ( our years ). He hasn't done this before, and it was his first time to the vet. He definetly did not come out happy :| Poor baby doesn't like being handled by strangers

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    Re: Conure problems

    Hi Gina, and !
    Poor Tuka, I don't have any suggestions for you, but it does look like he is plucking. Seems so strange that it would just happen out of the blue after you have had him for so long now. Any other household changes (new baby, divorce, new cage, or different placement, did you just start college, etc)? Is he acting any differently? Sorry for all the questions!

    Even with his little plucked chest, he is really beautiful!

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    Re: Conure problems

    Thank you for the compliments =)
    The only thing that happened when he started was the first vet visit and he switched to a diet with the harrisons pellet formula, because we were giving him seed primarily and wanted him to have something healthier. I've temporarily put that on hold and switched him back to his first diet, but that doesn't seen to be doing too well either..

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    Re: Conure problems

    Oh my, what a beauty. Even with a plucked chest. Poor birdy. I have never seen a peach front except a younger one and they are very pretty, just wondering are they a size of a sun conure? I want one.

    As for the plucking, do you give fresh veggies and fruit daily? Maybe some new toys for his cage would keep his mind off plucking? It seems he maybe plucking out of boredom, as you said you are rarely home. Its hard, I hope you can find a solution.

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    Re: Conure problems

    I've bought him some very nice toys recently, and he (For some strange reason) despises fruit so instead I try to defrost frozen veggies and wrap em up and give them to him to chew through. Oh well, I'll be speaking with my vet soon about him so I can find out for sure what's going on

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    Re: Conure problems

    Good luck with Tuka, Gina. He's really beautiful.

    I don't know what other suggestions I would give, toys, fruits, and veggies were already mentioned. =/

    Let us know how it's going with the plucking. Hopefully it stops soon!








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    Re: Conure problems

    Sometimes if they have yeast or fungus troubles it is very hard to see in any tests and it will make them pluck their feathers. Boomer has yeast issues but dont pluck but I learned with especially candida it will make a bird pluck the chest and wing area. Did she look at his poop looking for yeast? Sometimes it shows - sometimes it dont.

    Or maybe it is the Harrisons, did he eat corn in his seeds before? I think maybe Harrisons is corn and perhaps he is allergic to corn and made him itchy and plucked.

    I am sorry this is happening, Tuka is so stunning... I just love that bright orange on his head.
    Fly Free Boomer, we will forever love you.

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    Re: Conure problems

    Hi Gina! lemme just tell you that Tuka is BEAUTIFUL!! i hope that you find the sorce of the problem. thats really no fun. may i ask what kind of toys that he has? Koda absolutly loves preening, so i bought him some peacock feathers. he LOVES them. maybe that could help?

    btw. i live in the schaumburg area.. hehe i heard of oswego but dont really know of where it is. or how far it is. lol

    Thank You Cara!!

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