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Old 09-07-2019, 12:53 PM
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Is she okay?(spots on feathers)

My bird mango shes 7 months old and currently molting. She is a pine apple mutation of a green cheek conure and I just noticed a few dark/brown spots on the end of a few feathers as you can see in the attached picture. I just want to make sure shes okay.
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Old 09-07-2019, 01:16 PM
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Re: Is she okay?(spots on feathers)

Mango looks a little scruffy, sometimes that's just they way they look when molting. I saw the tiny dark spots at the end of feathers , could be normal could be stress bars. Edit: not true stress bars, as now I've googled , but I've always thought of those spots as indication of some stress...) First molt is extra hard on them I think .Now I gotta go look at my GCC see if she has
What do you feed? Do you offer baths, or spritz bath?
Sitting a few minutes outside in dappled shade with you bird in a secure travel cage is beneficial to feathers in my opinion. Mine get very beautiful after weeks if sunbathing. My elder mom visited the other day, and asked why the birds feathers aren't as pretty? Blew me away that she even noticed, but I haven't had them outside getting sun in awhile due to out break of EEE in our area..
Also I think hot chili peppers are great to have available for your bird, vatimin A. Molting takes extra calories and protein. You could offer some hard boiled egg, or scrambled egg. Maybe an walnut, almond, or pistachio treat.
Ok those are just thoughts. Do you weigh your bird? It's a good idea to keep track of weight. Walmart digital kitchen scale for 20 bucks works great .
I'd need to see some other pictures to see how she looks.
Edit: Ta-dah doesn't have and speckled spots on her feathers currently.
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Old 09-07-2019, 01:31 PM
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Re: Is she okay?(spots on feathers)

i could definitely start taking her out more. I also think she is going through puberty that may be a cause of stress. ill definitely pick up a kitchen scale too so i can weigh her. ill post a few more pictures in a minute. she bathes in her water bowl alot and i change the water in it afterwards. and for her diet i feed her HARI tropimix.
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Old 09-07-2019, 01:35 PM
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Re: Is she okay?(spots on feathers)

That discoloration at the tips looks to be bronzing.

Stress bars are lines that go across the feather. If you hold up a molted feather with a stress bar up to the light, you'll be able to see the light stream through the stress bar more than other parts of the feather.

Bronzing, on the other hand, is what happens when feathers brush up against something often. It commonly happens where people pet their birds the most and it commonly happens in babies who brush their feathers up against things (cage bars, toys, floor, etc).

You'll notice bronzing more right before and during a molt. Bronzing doesn't hurt your bird, but do help them keep themselves clean by giving frequent showers, especially during a molt.
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Old 09-07-2019, 01:36 PM
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Re: Is she okay?(spots on feathers)

A few more pics
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Old 09-07-2019, 01:41 PM
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That discoloration at the tips looks to be bronzing.

Stress bars are lines that go across the feather. If you hold up a molted feather with a stress bar up to the light, you'll be able to see the light stream through the stress bar more than other parts of the feather.

Bronzing, on the other hand, is what happens when feathers brush up against something often. It commonly happens where people pet their birds the most and it commonly happens in babies who brush their feathers up against things (cage bars, toys, floor, etc).

You'll notice bronzing more right before and during a molt. Bronzing doesn't hurt your bird, but do help them keep themselves clean by giving frequent showers, especially during a molt.
She certainly does rub up against everything she can. Does she look healthy? Shes very active and curies and extremely alert. I plan on taking her to the vet but I also worry about her a lot too so I want to see if there anything I need to do for her.
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Re: Is she okay?(spots on feathers)

I try and get her eating some fresh veggies too. Romaine lettuce and dandelion greens from grocery store, and lots of viriaty of other veggies.
Even if she hasn't been eating veggies before I've yet to see one turn down red hot chili peppers seeds and all, south America parrots like green cheecks eat peppers in the wild and are the natural dispersal of peppers. Lol so they seem to come pre programed to love them!! The capsicum doesn't bother them, and may be an immune booster. If you hang those leafy greens near were they sit they usually nibble them just cuz it makes em mad, and that helps them get used to putting their beak on it and figure out it's good. Peas never seemed to get turned down either.
I like to give yoghurt once in a while or you can buy bird probiotics and sprinkle on the food.
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I try and get her eating some fresh veggies too. Romaine lettuce and dandelion greens from grocery store, and lots of viriaty of other veggies.
Even if she hasn't been eating veggies before I've yet to see one turn down red hot chili peppers seeds and all, south America parrots like green cheecks eat peppers in the wild and are the natural dispersal of peppers. Lol so they seem to come pre programed to love them!! The capsicum doesn't bother them, and may be an immune booster. If you hang those leafy greens near were they sit they usually nibble them just cuz it makes em mad, and that helps them get used to putting their beak on it and figure out it's good. Peas never seemed to get turned down either.
I like to give yoghurt once in a while or you can buy bird probiotics and sprinkle on the food.
Im going to pick some up later today. She loves dried fruit but she seems to hate anything that isnt dried she is a strange bird.
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Re: Is she okay?(spots on feathers)

How wonderful too see all these pics of your beautiful baby!!!! Careful though a hawk tried to take my bird, and I never saw it coming!!
She looks great, I'd get some veggies in her anyway it will only i.prove her feathers. Try a shallow casserole dish see if she will bathe in that,. My GCC always dunks get food in her bowl and I try to change it several times a day , but I think she puts a pellets in then decided to take baths ugh.
It's clear you love your baby! And it's great to always see if there is stuff you can do to make them even healthier!
Try sharing a salad with her, or some meals that bird safe, s little cooked pasta , cooked squash, cooked sweet potato, cooked oatmeal. It's fun to share and makes them more adventurous in trying new stuff...
GCC do seem to like fruit more than my Quakers, some good fruits are plums, raspberry, blackberries, pomegranate, strawberry, cherries, blueberries, all good, im not a fan of dried fruit..
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Quote: Originally Posted by Laurasea View Post
How wonderful too see all these pics of your beautiful baby!!!! Careful though a hawk tried to take my bird, and I never saw it coming!!
She looks great, I'd get some veggies in her anyway it will only i.prove her feathers. Try a shallow casserole dish see if she will bathe in that,. My GCC always dunks get food in her bowl and I try to change it several times a day , but I think she puts a pellets in then decided to take baths ugh.
It's clear you love your baby! And it's great to always see if there is stuff you can do to make them even healthier!
Try sharing a salad with her, or some meals that bird safe, s little cooked pasta , cooked squash, cooked sweet potato, cooked oatmeal. It's fun to share and makes them more adventurous in trying new stuff...
GCC do seem to like fruit more than my Quakers, some good fruits are plums, raspberry, blackberries, pomegranate, strawberry, cherries, blueberries, all good, im not a fan of dried fruit..
she never moves far from my shoulder when outside but i make sure to be careful of hawks. theirs been plenty of close calls with the chickens i used to have and i actually lost one to a hawk.
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