||[Mar. 9th, 2006|04:48 pm]
this was origionally posted in the second hand birds community. i was advised to join this one as well to gain usefull info. so here's my story...|
i recently attained a nearly five year old Blue and Gold Macaw. his previous owner said he was molting. well, it certainly appears that there is something funky going on with his feathers, but i highly doubt it can all be molting. or maybe i just never payed very much attention to other birds before...
i know what it looks like in a birds first year of molt, but this one is five, and i don't think it should be so extreme. half of his chest is covered in grey down. i was told that feather plucking can look different depending on the individual, and it breaks my heart to think he may be doing this...
another thing is his flight feathers. normally, when you look at a feather, the end of it tapers at the end into an "upside down U shape". but lots of his feathers seem to have broken off at the end. the ends of these look like a V.
i looked up some info online, and it says that when some birds aren't getting enough protein, they eat the tips of their feathers in order to compensate. so yesterday i went out and got a bunch of eggs to hardboil, and lots of seeds and nuts (for treats and suppliments only mind you). is there anything else i can do to restore his feathers to their previous glory. or is this REALLY part of molting. i have my doubts and would like some second opinions.
i know it'll take a while for him to grow new feathers and all, so i don't expect overnight results or anything like that, but i think he may have had a definciancy at his old home....and that's just sad:(
we got Skylor on friday, and i cleaned his cage yesterday. when i did, i only saw the regular down feathers at the bottom of the tray. so if he was feather plucking, he doesn't seem to be doing it now.
he has a decent diet of zupreem pellets, as well as fresh fruits and what veggies he will touch. i'm in the process of converting him....i don't know how often these were made available to him before...but i guess i would like any advice on what to do in this case. i know he needs to go to a vet in any case, however i won't be able to for a couple weeks due to being broke...