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Redís feathers are thinning, please help

Hello, our Eclectus (Red) feathers are thinning on both wings and lightly on her breast area. We feed her 3 times daily, veggies for breakfast, fruits for lunch and then seeds for dinner.

We shower her 4-5 times as week.

The thinning is not on all feathers, it is in patches.

Hope we can figure out what we can do to fix it.

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Re: Redís feathers are thinning, please help

Hello rmashriqi and welcome to the Parrot Forums. Glad you joned us!

How old is she? How long has she been with you?
Have you consulted with her Vet about this?
My Levi molts this time of year and doesn't look his best. Could she be molting?

I see you have found the Eclectus Forum, that is a good source of information.
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Re: Redís feathers are thinning, please help

Hello and thank you. Glad I found this site. There is a lot of nice info.

We got Red when she was 6 months and have had Red for ~18 months; so I she is 2.

We havenít taken her to the Vet yet. I donít think itís molting it looks different. With the molting the gray feathers come off but this is with her full grown feathers.

Maybe we need to change her diet?

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Re: Redís feathers are thinning, please help

Thank you for the information.

Please get her to a Certified Avian Vet (CAV) ASAP before you do anything.
She should get a complete w/u including blood work. Feathers issues, plucking etc ... could very well be a sign of malnutrition or illness in addition to stress.
Ekkies have complicated dietary needs. Blood work will be definitive on that and the Vet can give you all the information you'll need, as well as a dietary plan and possibly supplements.

I'm sure some of our Ekkie owners will chime in as well.
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Re: Redís feathers are thinning, please help

Wow those feathers are rough. As recommended above, first thing, get her to a CAV. Feathers don't just "get thin" on their own, unless there's something going on. Very possibly diet/nutrition based, and looks to me like over-preening is what's happening. The question is, why? That's where the vet comes in. Figure out where she is medically, then you have a better picture.

The info you gave on her diet makes me a little suspicious. Veggies are great, with some exceptions. Fruit, MUCH less than veggies - too much sugar. Seed diet for ekkies, not good, especially if they are fortified with anything. Grains are a really important part for them.

That's the very brief highlights on diet. Not at all complete, but just the general idea Lots of great info on this forum about it. Definitely look into it further if you haven't already. Again, start with the vet, including blood work for a baseline. Best of luck, and keep us posted. This is a wonderful, supportive group of folks here, always happy to help. Glad you found us.

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Re: Redís feathers are thinning, please help

Thanks for the replies. Will make sure to get her to a CAV. And will get an update on what they think.

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Re: Redís feathers are thinning, please help

Aw poor baby! Hopefully we can help.

We don’t have to speculate about whether it’s molting or not. Can you provide us a photo of any feathers you find on the go ground? Well know right away if your are able to get a clear close up.

Also agree with the diet: “seeds for dinner” is unfortunately not ok for ekkies. They need a low fat diet...seeds are high fat so should NOT be the star of the meal.

And definitely do keep us updated on what your avian vet says - definitely do the bloodwork.

Honestly, at around 2, it’s possible this is hormonal barbering from puberty. Do you know her subspecies?
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Re: Redís feathers are thinning, please help

I donít know her subspecies. What do you recommend we feed her. We had a local bird store tell us that the seeds were good for her.

Breakfast: green beans, garbanzo beans, corn, and other mixed beans.

Lunch: cantaloupe, watermelon, peach, grapes, mangos, strawberry and bananas. We mix it up for her.

Dinner: seeds; she typically only eats the sunflower seeds and leaves the rest.

As soon as we see a feather Iíll take a picture and post.

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Re: Redís feathers are thinning, please help

Here are some close of picture of her feather we found laying around.
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Re: Redís feathers are thinning, please help

Too much fruit equals too much sugar equals an imbalance of the gut bacteria. Than, leads to future illness.
Those feathers do not resemble a normal molt. Unless of course she chewed them afterwards.

Did you get a Vet appt yet?
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