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Old 06-18-2015, 01:23 PM
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over the last month or so Leo has been giving me a run for my money. starting a while ago, he had a normal moly and some of his face feathers and head feathers, the ones that are striped, came back clear (yellow). i did think much of it since his behavior is normal. fast forward some and he seemed to be becoming blind. once it got darker out, he was unable to move around the tree if he tried to fly and i would always have to look for him. i started putting him back before the others and before it got dark. during the day he would fly and it was like he knew the general direction, but would guess where he was landing. he did not show signs of illness, but more so that he just couldn't see where he was. currently, he still seems like he is mostly blind.

this last molt made everything even more weird.... his feathers were coming in yellow. some of them came it green again, but a few body feathers are now yellow. keep in mind that he was a normal yellow base color (green and yellow, like the wild ones). then his down feathers started sticking out. some of them are abnormally big and fluffy.

he was originally from petsmart (aka bird mill birds) and then i got him from my friend because she didn't take care of him and Ace. so i am thinking that it might be bad genetics, part of me also thinks it might be an internal thing. BUT, i have not brought him to the vet yet because he still has a great appetite for everything, he still sings, still flies/moves around the trees, and still acts like a healthy bird. he even was trying to bathe in the water dish last week! i might consider bringing him to the vet next time i bring leon for his beak trim

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this is after. his eyes are more dilated and i would imagine that its because of his bad eyesight. (he was a little scared of the camera in this pic so he is skinny looking)


i have to get a picture of him and the down feathers sticking out. this is another after

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I'm sorry your little boy is going blind It must be bad genetics, those things tend to happen with birds from the mill, unfortunately. I'm glad you're able to give him a loving home. I think that I would take him to the vet anyways, even if he seems healthy, so you can get a detailed analysis of anything that may be wrong with him.
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Hi there, I can't see any pictures?

If the first moult removed the barring over his forehead, this is the normal moult into more adult feathering. I am sure some pictures will help us see whats going on though...
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i am not sure why the pics are not showing up for you.

he had already lost his "baby bars" before he was bought.

i just clipped his nails and when i was holding him, some of the down feathers were coming out. they appear to be really long. when i let him loose it looked like i had cotton candy on my hands! the down feathers are normally small and have a round fluffy shape (as we all have seen) but these were probably a little under an inch long, with a feather shaft- a very thin one. its almost like the down feathers grew in, but were mutated and so they are long. most of these long downy feathers are just below where his wing sits. leon will need a beak trim soon, so i will be bringing leo along with him.
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ok here is a picture of his fluffies....


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Looks like he may have a problem where his down feathers grow too fast and too long. Maybe the vet can prescribe something or trim him once in a while? He is very, very fluffy
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he does look like a pillow that has a hole in it...
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