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Hello everyone, I’m fairly new here! Several months ago, I was looking to adopt an older parrot and had given up my search untilan elderly woman emailed me wanting to know if I’d take her 6-8 year old Patagonian conure in June. I drove two hours to go meet him and saw my first patty in real life, and fell in love! I knew what I was getting into noise-wise and he bonded with me in days. Sadly, he was neglected for the past few years as the woman’s health had deteriorated and she couldn’t care for him in the way she used to. He was fed a diet of wild bird seed but only ate out the peanuts and sun and safflower seeds. She claimed he wouldn’t eat anything else but as soon as I got home he was willing to try anything I was eating, including veggies. Anyways, I have questions regarding flight, diet, feather care, and was wondering if anyone could tell me his subspecies? I checked his band and he’s actually 10yrs old, he’d been in a cockatiel cage for 6 years and has atrophied flight muscles. I would love to be able to have him free fly and have been working on recall (climbing down from trees and on the ground at this point). He is not confident in flying now and really only does it if it’s an “emergency”. I was wondering if anyone knew any ways to help him gain confidence in flight? His current diet is Hagen Tropimix as I’d prefer he start transitioning to pellets. He also gets fresh chop daily and Featheriffic on his mix. Is this a decent diet for a Patagonian? There’s almost no frame of reference with patty’s because next to no one has them and it’s so frustrating trying to find information on individual subspecies and such. As far as feathers go, he barbers his chest feathers, just below his neck. He also chews out pinfeathers on his shoulders and under his wings. His feather quality has become way better since living with me as he gets regular baths and showers, but his barbering has worsened and he’s now molting and chewing off the tips of his pinfeathers. I feel as though it’s stress from the move and diet change, but he’s living a better life. Anything I can or should do to help him? Lastly, I know he’s not a Greater or Lesser as he doesn’t have bright yellow or red on his belly. He also doesn’t have any white collar feathers. I’ll try to post pictures, but to me he looks like p. andinus (which there are very few informational articles or images of on the internet). I feel it’d be odd for a captive bred bird to be that uncommon of subspecies but he definitely is captive bred. Anybody have Andean patties or information on them? Thank you so much for reading and I apologize for the lengthy post, but so few people have them that I have no idea where to ask questions or start!