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Babs
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Join date : 2012-05-05
Age : 35
Location : Norfolk, England.
My Birds : Nico - a beauiful budgie
Louie - a gorgeous blue-throated conure.
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PostSubject: Scruffy feathered conure!   Mon May 07, 2012 4:56 pm

Hello when we bought Louie from a local chap we noticed some of his feathers were all ragged at the ends. He had two blue throated conures and wondered if it was the female who had done this to him but as time has passed he has had new feathers and still they get rugged looking ends. I will try to upload a picture. Some were even bald at the ends on his tail.

I was just wondering if anyone else has had this? Do you think it's him biting his feathers? This is a pic of when we first got him in Dec when he was 8 ish months old. (Hubby's hand not mine!lol)



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kaeladedah
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Join date : 2011-05-18
Age : 29
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Oliver, Indian Ring Neck
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PostSubject: Re: Scruffy feathered conure!   Mon May 07, 2012 5:05 pm

It looks like he's chewing on his feathers, otherwise known as barbering. I've never had any experience with this, so I'm not sure how to help you. Though I've seen it suggested that toys with feathers may prevent him from chewing on his own.
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Babs
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Join date : 2012-05-05
Age : 35
Location : Norfolk, England.
My Birds : Nico - a beauiful budgie
Louie - a gorgeous blue-throated conure.
Posts : 10

PostSubject: Re: Scruffy feathered conure!   Mon May 07, 2012 5:27 pm

Thanks! The range of toys around is crap so will have a look online. Can anyone suggest a good website for the uk please?
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kaeladedah
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Join date : 2011-05-18
Age : 29
Location : North Carolina, USA
My Birds : Cheney Bird, Green Cheek Conure
Pigpen, Lutino Budgie
Nava, Lutino Lovebird
Oliver, Indian Ring Neck
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PostSubject: Re: Scruffy feathered conure!   Mon May 07, 2012 5:33 pm

Babs wrote:
Thanks! The range of toys around is crap so will have a look online. Can anyone suggest a good website for the uk please?

I don't know of many sites in the UK, but I do no a lot of US and UK vendors that ship to the UK. crystalsbirdtoys is a member here and she always gets great reviews, so you could ask her. Things For Wings is also great and ships internationally.

We do have a favorite toy store thread you may want to check out.
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PostSubject: Re: Scruffy feathered conure!   Mon May 07, 2012 9:04 pm

I agree, he is barbering. The preening toys do help. Also, more interactive play might help.
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