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January 11, 2021

Eclectus parrot

My big green parrot has a small brown spot on his beak and has been shedding feathers. His deposition has changed toward aggressive. Some days he foes not eat his food of ?mixed seed and dry pellets what can I do for him to help him?


Hi Carol,

He could be exhibiting some hormonal behavior, but I also feel that there may be a nutritional issue. Eclectus must be fed a nutritionally balanced diet. If you offer whole seeds, they need to be in the form or our foraging diets, which are nutritionally balanced the same as a pellet, but are not ground up. Our Nutri-Berries, Pellet-Berries and Avi-Cakes contain whole, hulled seeds along with other nutrients to provide a balanced diet. They can be fed along with pellets or instead of pellets. You mentioned a seed/pellet mix, and if you are offering a loose seed mix with his pellets, then he is not getting enough nutrition because loose seeds are basically empty calories. Even if the seeds are coated with vitamins, the bird gets little to none of those because he removed the hull from the seed. You should be offering pellets only, or including our foraging diets. We recently presented a webinar for a new pellet release, and in that video, Dr. Lafeber discusses why offering loose seeds is not adequate, even when supplemented. I will post that link, and link to our other recent nutrition webinars below.

All of that being said, I would first recommend taking him to an Avian Vet to make sure he does not have a physical issue going on. If he is plucking his own feathers, this often begins due to a health issue. With what you described it could be hormonal, or he may just be molting,  but it could be a combination of a health issue and hormones or molting. It’s always best to rule out a medical cause first.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,


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