Suggestions for Disabled Indian RingNec

White Ringneck Parrot with food morsel on beak
Cindy Simmons
feather health
I was wondering if there is something you might recommend for my Indian Ringneck. I adopted her about a month ago. I don’t know how old she is, but she was thrown out of a moving car and a rescue took her in. At the rescue, another bird bit her and she had to have her foot amputated. I had my lower leg amputated in 2012, so I felt I had to take her 🙂 From what I understand, she was adopted and spent about a year in that home, but the woman who adopted her got cancer and had to give her back to the rescue. She came to me with fuzzy feathers on her body and only a couple tail feathers and wing feathers. Her feathers are looking a bit smoother, but the wing and tail feathers coming in look pretty scruffy. Do you know of any products that might help her? It’s not a plucking problem; I’m just hoping for something that might encourage healthy feather growth. Thanks for any input you can give me. Cindy
Dear Cindy
It sounds like the bird was not given enough of what it needed while it was in the care of the other person who became ill. Likely she was left alone a lot. Her diet may have been poor, lived in too small of a cage, had no toys, was lonely, I cannot say.
Most likely it is a plucking problem, the feathers rarely would come out like that normally. Even if the nutrition was poor.
I admit to having had an IRN years ago and when I divorced and took my bird, I had to work out of the house more and he got lonely, even if I boarded him with a friend, he missed me. He developed a plucking problem. It never fully went away even after more attention, taking him to and from work on trips, etc. I tried Pluck No More , which helped for a short while, but after a year it no longer was effective, he was a plucker and I still loved him until he passed a few years ago
Since then there have been never products on the market to try and we have heard good results from them.
These two products work very well together with pluckers, stressed or upset birds.
These products are also helpful in the same line.
AviVita (multiviamin)
A good diet, a new cage, lots of love and attention and hopefully she will recover enough to be a wonderful pet.
We also have a section that addresses needs for handicapped birds.
Let me know if you have any further questions.
Thank you
Thanks Catherine, I’ll check into those links; I’m really looking forward to looking at the link for handicapped birds. I was told this bird was severely plucked when she came into the rescue after being thrown out of the moving car – obviously she was not cared for. I have never seen her pluck or found feathers in her cage since I’ve had her, but she is easily startled and her wing and tail feathers break fairly often. I’ve got her in a much better cage than she was in before (long and low rather than tall and narrow) and she’s got toys although she isn’t interested in them. I’m hoping with time she’ll become more interested. I’m really hoping that eventually she’ll be able to fly, but not sure that will happen. At least she’s a good eater – she eats Nutriberries, Roudybush pellets, a seed mix similar to a Goldenfeast mix (the bird shop owner puts it together himself), and she loves her fresh fruits and veggies. 
I really appreciate you taking the time to answer my e-mail and giving me some good products to try. 
Thanks you!
Thank you and I hope your parrot recovers enough for you to have a long and happy time together.
Try small toys that are not toys, she might like tiny things, a plastic spoon, a clean popsicle sticks, a straw with paper on it, just lay them out where she can find them.
My own IRN loved a small squeaky toy and carried it around everywhere. But I am having a hard time getting them back in stock.
Let me know how the progress goes. I can be contacted directly at
Thank you

Mitch Rezman

He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they visited monthly birdie brunches in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground.Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care.He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis.He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.

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