On 3/31/06, Meeko' Mom wrote:
> Thanks Michael. I already have some Spirulina. I'll give that
> a try. Any other suggestions to help her out?
> A little history.... the breeder decided to sell out, because
> she went to work full time, and didn't have time for the birds
> anymore. (I purchased 3 pair from her) In the last year,
> they've not had any fresh fruit or veggies, or the proper care
> they needed. One of the other pairs started to pluck as
> well ... but has since stopped, and has new feathers just in
> the few weeks I've had her.
That sounds very positive. The easiest form of plucking to
correct is one where diet or general health/stress is deficient,
which this sounds as if it might be. Should it be an ingrained
behavioral issue, that's another story.
When you have a bird with any negative feather condition, a diet
that is protein-enriched will/should help tremendously. Feather
replacement relies heavily on protein sources to create proper
feather development which I'm sure you are aware.
This would include your pulses (beans), hard-cooked eggs (which
have almost every amino acid in them), lean, cooked meat such as
chicken and the obvious healthy, dark greens and beta carotene
veggies such as carrots and sweet potatoes. Of course this is
just a sampling of what a good, balanced diet would consist, but
it's what will definitely help feather condition.
The spirulina, added to the mix will certainly enhance the
benefits. I have personally found that feather color is greatly
enhanced when long-term, regular use of spirulina is incorporated
into the diet.
I think you're well on your way to improving these birds lives
just by diet alone.
Best of luck with them and I hope they turn out well for you.