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BIRD TALK wants to know your top bird behavior and medical concerns.

BIRD TALK editors are looking to bird owners for their input on what the top bird behavior and medical concerns are.

The deadline to submit is June 5, 2009.

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My timneh, often shakes his head. Why does he do this? Is this a medical problem.What can I do for him?
allison, jacksonville, FL
Posted: 10/23/2009 12:52:18 PM
I have a cockatiel named Lucy, and she has always refused to eat anything but her seed and pellets. I have endlessly tried for over a year now, but she wont touch anything, no fruits, vegetables, nothing. The vet told me she was perfectly healthy, but that I should try to get her to eat more. What should I do?
Caitlin, Davenport, IA
Posted: 9/19/2009 2:21:50 PM
I read the article Love My Plucker (July 2009) and my memory kicked in. In 2005 our flock increased by 2 Timnehs Angel and Merlin. Four months after getting them home Merlin started plucking. Within a few days he was down to head and wing feathers. Our vet did a full workup but was unable to find any medical reason for the plucking. After careful thought our vet decided that it could be Merlin was lacking something within the digestive system that test would not show. We started a regiment of probiotics along with a cone to prevent further plucking. We were unable to keep the cone on him but the probiotics appeared to be successful. Merlin has not plucked a feather since. I do not know if this would work for other birds but the probiotics wouldn't hurt.
Jim, Niceville, FL
Posted: 5/30/2009 9:02:25 AM
Thanks for the forum. I have several concerns that are medical in nature.

I have recently had a real scare with a female Eclectus parrot that became very ill after ingesting part of a toy that was advertised as bird-safe and non-toxic. I think parrot owners would benefit from knowing more about what is and is not toxic to birds, especially from a veterinarian's point of view.

My other concerns are about obtaining baseline blood values before a bird becomes ill. I know with the cost of everything these days, routine care becomes one of the things that can be put off. I'm guilty of it, too. Having gone through this scare with our bird, I am urging you to get to the vet so your relationship with the veterinarian, the vet's knowledge of the bird when it it healthy and routine blood values can be done.

One way to help with reducing vet bills is to keep a good log of what your bird weighs every week. You can catch a problem before it becomes a crisis if you notice a bird gaining or losing a significant amount of weight.

Thanks for hosting this forum - I think we will all learn a little more about how to care for our avian friends.
Elizabeth, Waynesboro, VA
Posted: 5/4/2009 12:43:15 PM
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