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Re: Feather disease question

Posted by Andrea on 4/22/08
(7) Comments

    Thanks for all the advice. I've set an appointment with an
    avian vet. I figured that would be the best option since the
    regular vet couldn't figure anything out.

    There haven't been many changes in his environment, but I did
    switch his vitamin supplement, and he's been getting less fresh
    fruit lately and more dried stuff. I'll try giving him more
    fresh fruits and veggies and switch back to his old vitamin
    supplement and see if that helps. Someone mentioned that giving
    too many sunflower seeds isn't good, so I'll cut back on those.
    Other than that, I can't really think of anything else that
    might have changed.

    Thank you again for all the input.

    On 4/21/08, Birdy Mom wrote:
    > Since you only have one bird I can't see how he'd get mites or
    > anything like that, esp. in Dec.
    > I definately encourage you to see an Avian vet ( just to be
    > safe ). Because reg vets rarely have experiance in treating
    > birds ( other than nail & wing clippings & minor beak work ).
    > No telling what you've already paid this vet & for what? I
    > know that Avian vets are sometimes hard to find ( mine is a
    > 100 mile drive one way ) & more expensive. But birds are
    > harder to treat, esp. since they hide their signs of illness
    > usually till it's really bad or even too late to do much for
    > them.
    > One of the other posters mentioned stress bars & that maybe
    > the problem. Has anything ( at all ) changed in your birds
    > surroundings before Dec. ( new people coming over or other
    > pets being added to your home ), his cage being moved to
    > another room or getting a new cage? Does he have enough of the
    > right kind of light ( esp. during the winter months? What has
    > his diet been like? Only you can look back the past few months
    > & evaluate anything new ( no matter how small ). There is a
    > product called Red Palm Oil that helps condition birds
    > feathers that may help. But nothing suggested here is going to
    > be safer or better that a full check-up with a good Avian Vet!