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Re: hello does anyone know what yellow feathers coming in...

Posted by Amelia on 9/23/08
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    On 9/21/08, brian wrote:
    > hello i was curious to see if any one knew of any avina
    > pathology that could cause a brown throat conure to loose
    > her tail feathers and get yellow feathers all over her
    > back...and if they knew a remedy.....

    Hi, I had a male eclectus who had this problem. It was due to
    a calcium, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Vitamin K deficiency,
    thought to be brought on by a lack of enough direct sunlight.
    I am not a vet, and therefore can not tell you for certian.
    However on my vet's advice I simply added a calcium supplement
    (a powdered variety added to wet soft foods such as pasta or
    cooked beans) and veggies rich in the other vitamins, such as
    Kale, Dandelion or New Zealand Spinach. And 2-3 hours of
    direct outdoor sunlight (with ample shade, this doesn't mean
    baking in the sun! just no window or screen shading) 3-4 days
    a week. It cleared up in about a month, with a few feathers
    that didn't fall out until he molted again 6 months later.
    If you notice any softness of the mandibles, easily flaking
    etc. I would immediately contact your veterinarian, as this
    could be advanced deficiencies.
    Hope this helps.