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November 3, 2020

African Grey health, feathers

We live in Norway. My African Grey lost/plucked a lot of feathers. She also lost weight drastically and became inactive. After much investigation, her Vet found what he said was uncommon bacteria (bacillus amyloquefaciens). Anti biotic treatment has brought her back to almost normal. What should i feed her to promote further feather regeneration?


Hi Pritom,

Thank you for being a loyal webinar viewer! That is definitely an unusual bacterial infection. If the Vet did not already recommend this, please research the bacteria to give you an idea of how it may have been introduced to your Grey’s system. It is used in Agriculture, so could possibly have been in soil, water or fresh vegetables.

As long as she is eating a nutritionally balanced diet such as pellets or our foraging foods, then her feathers should improve once she molts and grows new ones. You will not see any improvement with the old feathers, only with new feather growth. We do balance the Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids in our diets and those are an important part of feather health and overall health. In Norway, our diets are available through Pet World for bird owners or you can have you Vet order through PetXL  You can visit our International website to learn more:

We have several varieties of Nutri-Berries available in Norway. These are nutritionally balanced the same as a pellet, but they are not ground up. As Dr. Lamb explained in her recent webinar, they are the step before the grinding and pelleting process. So they do have everything your Grey needs and will certainly help her feather health. In Norway we offer Classic, Tropical Fruit, Sunny Orchard and El Paso Nutri-Berries. Any of these can be fed instead of pellets, along with pellets or all the flavors combined. I’m glad to hear your Vet was able to determine the cause of her illness.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,


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