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Re: Help, help, help

Posted by Pam on 10/14/05
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    Thank you Michael,
    I hated losing her because she was so beautiful. I keep a
    cuttle bone in the avairy, but I will start adding greens and
    egg shell as well.
    Thanks again

    On 10/14/05, Michael L wrote:
    > On 10/14/05, Pam wrote:
    >> We found our favorite female Fench dead this morning. She
    >> had literally eaten out her back-end. The feathers were
    >> all missing and her internal organs were hanging out. What
    >> would cause her to do this ?
    >> Thanks
    > Pam,
    > Your finch did not "eat out her back-end." What happened is
    > known as a prolapsed cloaca. This is usually the end result
    > of a finch or other bird that has been laying an excessive
    > number of eggs. It can also be the result of a bird that
    > had laid many eggs in the past even if it didn't result in a
    > problem at the time. It can also occur in a bird that has
    > never laid an egg but is trying for the first time and the
    > muscle is weak.
    > Lack of calcium in the diet is usually the problem since
    > calcium not only helps in that actual shell formation, but
    > also serves as a major component of muscle contraction which
    > is necessary to expel an egg. If the bird has had to strain
    > to lay eggs, and you might have not been aware of this at
    > time, it weakens the cloaca and eventually causes it to
    > rupture and expel itself from the bird's body from the
    > of pushing.
    > As far as the plucked feathers, the bird probably picked at
    > her backside because of what happened to the cloaca. While
    > the plucking is coincidental, it is not a direct relation to
    > what happened.
    > If it is caught in time, and the bird is not dead when
    > finding it, it can be reinserted by a vet and a small stitch
    > put in for it to heal. Usually once this happens, and if
    > bird survives, breeding or egg laying is not advisable.
    > Sorry to hear what happened to your finch. If you have
    > others, please make sure that they are being supplemented
    > with adequate calcium sources such as cuttlebone, crushed
    > shells, or a liquid form in the water.
    > Also, there are dark greens such as kale, collards, turnips,
    > broccoli, etc. that are rich in natural calcium.
    > Michael L