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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:
    > On 10/25/09, Miss Science wrote:
    >> Do you think that birds who live in the wild know not to eat any
    >> stones, sand or small gravel? I wonder if they read the rules?
    > I guess it hasn't occurred to you to realize the differences in
    > wild birds who make all their own choices as compared to birds in
    > captivity who receive only what we provide. Some people have taken
    > the time to do research. Obviously many have not. Many birds in
    > captivity, due to the ignorance of the humans who have them, border
    > on insanity. They will make very poor choices as respects their
    > health and what they may ingest. Boredom, lack of proper nutrition
    > and general bad bird keeping practices can force them to do many
    > things they would not do in nature. Just one example, how many
    > plucked, self mutilated birds have you ever seen in the wild? Or
    > maybe you have never seen a plucked parrot? Never seen one sitting
    > in one place, just rocking and staring off into space? Maybe you
    > should take the time to research what can happen to parrots in
    > captivity when people have little or no idea how to care and
    > provide for them.

    Thank you for proving my point! Why should we deny them something so
    simple AND what they would have access to if they had the opportunity
    to choose if they could?
    The problem with the information found on the Internet and some
    publications is that there are too many blanket theories proclaimed
    and then they become gospel. I realize that you are a person that
    always advises to err on the side of caution, but that can also prove
    to fail when there are so many "made up rules" that keep people from
    providing what birds would have access to in nature.
    I do not deny or refute that somewhere out there there was a bird or
    two that ate too much grit and had an impacted crop, but this is far
    more the exception to the rule and not the norm. If food, water,
    etc. are being provided for and the bird is not nutritionally
    deficient, the bird WILL have the good sense (instinct) not to over
    indulge on something that a few people have determined to be
    detrimental in a cage bird's diet.
    There are equally good bird owners out there there as there are bad.
    Not everyone is uneducated or willing to accept something just
    because it has been said to do something.
    I have searched and searched and cannot find any SUBSTANTIAL evidence
    that proves that grit is harmful to any bird, both soft bill or hook
    bill. If you have that data, please direct me to a study with
    conclusive findings.