Dr. Friedrich Janeczek discusses the occurence of black feathers in parrots eating seed based diets

Dr. Friedrich Janeczek was asked to respond to the recent discussion on the Exotic DVM forum where the occurrence of black feathers was showing up on a green bird. Dr Janeczek has one of the only all parrot veterinary practices in the world.
His comment is that while on Harrison’s a bird’s feathers remain the normal bright vibrant colors and elasticity for up to three years.
Whereas a bird on seeds, vegetables and table foods has liver disease and it is reflected in the black feather color and loss of proper structure.

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