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Re: Do Sun Conures use Gravel as a Digestive Aide? - THANKS

Posted by Miss Science on 10/26/09
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    On 10/26/09, GreyLady wrote:

    > http://www.birdsnways.com/wisdom/ww58eii.htm
    > If you don't recognize the names Harrison and Ritchie,
    > well......................and make sure you read the entire article.
    > Don't just pick and choose the information that may seem to enforce
    > your opinion. Opinion, not to be confused with facts from some of the
    > best Avian vets in the country. You are exactly right in one thing, I
    > always advise erring on the safe side. Birds who do not need grit for
    > digestion should not have access to it. The reason they might ingest
    > it is because they have a mineral deficiency in their diet. That is
    > not the way to correct it. Proper knowledge of their mineral needs and
    > safe ways to provide it is the answer. When dealing with people on
    > message boards such as this and most others, you are trying to help
    > people who have not taken the time to do their own research. If they
    > had, they would not be asking questions in these forums where they have
    > no idea about the validity, or not, of any information they get. If
    > they are responsible, they will do further checking on their own,
    > preferably with their own Avian vet. But as we all know, a large
    > majority of them do not even have a proper vet. Sometimes because
    > there is none. Sometimes because they feel what they paid for the bird
    > is not worth the price of a good vet. There are too many folks out
    > there who will read something similar to your views, assume it's okay
    > to give grit without considering the birds true dietary needs and it's
    > the bird who will suffer. Why risk it? If you are really trying to
    > help the birds and not just argue for the sake of arguing, you would
    > also, always, err on the side of the bird's safety.


    GreyLady, I'm quite familiar with Dr's. Harrison and Ritchie. I
    certainly wouldn't expect a veterinarian, who developed his own line of
    processed foods, to endorse anything other than what would support his
    own financial gain. If it were up to Dr. Harrison, the only food worth
    feeding to your bird is his formulated diets. While it may be
    nutritionally complete, it certainly is boring for the bird in question.
    What I find interesting is that you ask me not to dissect the article and
    pick out what would support my point. Why? Does it bother you that the
    article doesn't support 100 percent the fact that grit should not be part
    of a hook bill's diet? That there are birds being fed this supposed bad
    item and not suffering any ill effects?
    The point I am trying to make, and I know it goes against all of your
    internet learning, is that there are no steadfast rules governing the
    proper feeding of caged birds. Not all people are willing to live within
    the confines of internet propaganda.
    Yes, people that do come to forums such as this might not be as equipped
    as you would like them to be with avian knowledge, but that doesn't mean
    that they have to hear a very one-sided opinion and forced to believe
    that it is true.
    You might want to try thinking outside the box, GreyLady. There's a
    world out there that has many possibilities for our avian friends. Some
    of them haven't even been written yet.