Black feathers on my parrotlets! Help

Josefin

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Hi, im Josefin ive got two female parrotlets they are adult 7 year olds! The thing is that i have switched their diet a more then a half year ago. Becuase on a only seed diet, that cuased a long flaky beak, on one of them, and the other one got black feathers. I suspekt they didnt get all the vitamins. Now they are on a harrison bird food recomended from a vet that we talked to. And also gets fresh veggies. Things got better with my birds beak but she got black feathers too! So now they both have black feathers and i dont know if its something missing in their diet? They always preen and they are very happy, No sick bird behavior. But the only thing is their black feathers that makes me worried. ☹️
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When was the last time your Parrots had a good molt as the feathers look a bit on the weathered side. Possible not getting regular bathe opportunities. Feather color has much to do with their condition as that defines reflective color that we see.
 
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When was the last time your Parrots had a good molt as the feathers look a bit on the weathered side. Possible not getting regular bathe opportunities. Feather color has much to do with their condition as that defines reflective color that we see.
I bathe them 3 or 2 times a week, i think they molted when it was winter, but should a spray mist them maybe everyday?
 
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I bathe them 3 or 2 times a week, i think they molted when it was winter, but should a spray mist
When was the last time your Parrots had a good molt as the feathers look a bit on the weathered side. Possible not getting regular bathe opportunities. Feather color has much to do with their condition as that defines reflective color that we see.
as you said with the condition, i think it maybe be lack of vitamins at the time when their feathers grew, but now they are on a healthy diet so i hope they molt away those feathers.
 

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Was the black feathers there before or after the diet change?
 
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Was the black feathers there before or after the diet change?
I think they were there before, but they had other pellets before i changed to harrison becuse the other pellets contained much fat and sugar. But i think at the time they started to get black feathers!
 

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Feathers get darker as they wear out, or as you pet a bird, as well. Willow has darker feathers on his left side because he MUST cuddle into my right hand.

Is this maybe wear from hands and hand oils?
 

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When they molt again, the feathers will likely go back to normal. If not, then there is a reason to be concerned.

As Heather mentioned, oily hands can make the feathers wear off quicker...
 
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Feathers get darker as they wear out, or as you pet a bird, as well. Willow has darker feathers on his left side because he MUST cuddle into my right hand.

Is this maybe wear from hands and hand oils?
I think that too! Hope those feathers will molt out!
 

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Here is a photo of Willow and his blackened worn feathers on his left side, from cuddling with my right hand. (You have to mentally flip the picture but the worn side IS his left side. I guess my right hand is much better at petting birds.)
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Hi, im Josefin ive got two female parrotlets they are adult 7 year olds! The thing is that i have switched their diet a more then a half year ago. Becuase on a only seed diet, that cuased a long flaky beak, on one of them, and the other one got black feathers. I suspekt they didnt get all the vitamins. Now they are on a harrison bird food recomended from a vet that we talked to. And also gets fresh veggies. Things got better with my birds beak but she got black feathers too! So now they both have black feathers and i dont know if its something missing in their diet? They always preen and they are very happy, No sick bird behavior. But the only thing is their black feathers that makes me worried. ☹️
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Hello. I just joined the forum and happened to notice your post. Just yesterday, I took a class on showers for Parrots. The behaviorist (very accomplished) said that birds feathers can turn black if moldy. She called it something specific, but I can't remember (sorry!). I know this might not be the issue, but found it interesting, so thought I'd mention in case? She talked about going to bed with wet feathers or living in a very humid environment. Anyway, don't want to scare or send inaccurate information, but so coincidental, that I thought I should mention it in case it helps in sone way. Good luck!!!
 
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Hello. I just joined the forum and happened to notice your post. Just yesterday, I took a class on showers for Parrots. The behaviorist (very accomplished) said that birds feathers can turn black if moldy. She called it something specific, but I can't remember (sorry!). I know this might not be the issue, but found it interesting, so thought I'd mention in case? She talked about going to bed with wet feathers or living in a very humid environment. Anyway, don't want to scare or send inaccurate information, but so coincidental, that I thought I should mention it in case it helps in sone way. Good luck!!!
I dont know ecactly, but is it dangerous? Or just dameged feathers as you mean?
 

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