I have a male eclectus parrot that I thought was moulting but it’s been going on for a couple of months now, has lots of

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Customer: I have a male eclectus parrot that I thought was moulting but it’s been going on for a couple of months now, has lots of small grey fluffy feathers around his neck that never seem to change, could he have a problem or is this normal? The female is fine, she was a little bit like it for while but all good now. Would appreciate your thoughts. Di
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Strange behavior is often perplexing. I'm sure the Veterinarian can help you. What is the bird's name and age?
Customer: Barni and he’s about 6. He has escaped twice and been gone for up to 5 days at a time but came back.
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Barni?
Customer: He is eating well and seems happy it’s just his neck feathers.
Answered by Dr. Michael Salkin in 7 hours 4 years ago
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I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Barni could still be molting as a normal moult can extent between 3 weeks and 3 months. A delayed molt is a consideration if Barni's diet has been less than optimal. What has Barni's diet consisted of, please? Seeds should compose less than 20% of his diet. A diet of mainly seed and nuts has excessive fat, carbohydrates, and phosphorus; marginal protein; adequate vitamin E, and are deficient in amino acids, calcium, available phosphorus, sodium, manganese, zinc, iron, vitamins A, D3 (necessary for efficient absorption of calcium), K, and B12, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, choline, and available niacin. Ideally, a balanced pelleted diet such as can be found here: www.harrisonsbirdfoods.com or here: www.lafeber.com/pet-birds should be fed as well as hard boiled egg yolk, pancakes and cornbread, the tops of fresh greens, dairy products such as yogurt and cheese, fresh fruits such as apples, pears, melon, kiwi, and berries, vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, beets, asparagus, cabbage, sweet potato, and squash, and even tiny pieces of meat.

We were advised the best pellets to use were Pretty Bird Species Specific scientific designed for eclectus parrots which they have both been on for 6 months now. They only have seed for approx. 20% of their diet and occasional vegetables and fruit.
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