Excessive dander...

by Scott
(USA)

Hi, I have a yellow nape and she has a lot of daner. She gets bathed about 2-3 week and has been on Harrison Adult Life food since a young bird.

I have tried the common bird sprays and they don't seem to help much. Are there any oils or dietary things I can do to see if they will help? I know birds are really fragile and didn't want to give her anything to hurt her.

Thanks, Scott

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Jul 10, 2010
Thanks for the suggestions
by: Scott

I had taken her a while back to the vet and had extensive blood work done. It came back fine of course. The vet said she had a heart murmur which is very unusual. I don't know if the murmur is a genetic thing which could be an indication of other problems. Thanks again.

Jul 10, 2010
Excessive dander...
by: Linda

Scott, Bravo on feeding the Harrison's as it is the best organic on the market!

Harrisons has a Birdy Bread Mix in several different blends you may wish to try. Tracie carries them here, and also BUY THE organic red palm oil, Sunshine Factor to go in the mix. The other ingredients are water and 2 whole eggs. The bread is very tasty (according to my Red Lored Amazons), and the Red Palm Oil adds the kind of safe, wholesome oil that birds need. Also the mixes add some extra oils and such to the diet. There are three flavors, regular, flax seed and pepper. I usually buy all three and bake them up alternating on the flavors as the birds like them all. I bake the bread in a loaf pan, allow it to completely cool, slice it up, wrap in clear plastic wrap and bag the slices in freezer bags. When you're ready to feed, just thaw out a slice and give it to your bird when room temp. I feed it a few times a week, and without any other additions to mix than what are called for, the bread can be up to 30% of the diet. Your bird could have a little everyday if you wished. Just don't feed so much that he stops eating his pellets because they are needed as well.

The other thing that needs to be done, is a trip to an Avian Vet for an exam. All birds should be taken in at least once a year for a checkup to see how they are doing. The excessive dander could be a metabolic problem, so an Avian Vet really needs to do a good checkup plus some basic bloodwork to make sure kidneys, liver, thyroid and parathyroid are working properly, plus these tests will also show general health of the bird as for infections.

So, to sum up, try the Birdy bread mix Harrisons makes and get the Sunshine Factor Organic Red Palm Oil to go in it. The oil is cold-pressed and bottle can be placed in warm water in a glass or jar until it is in liquid form so you can pour some into a tablespoon. A little of this (not much is needed) can also be added to pellets making sure it is no more than 1/8th of a teaspoon or less a few times a week in addition to the bread mix. The oil is highly concentrated, so a little goes a long way. The bread mix takes only one tablespoon for all the bread. Both the oil and any bread not given needs to be refrigerated like you do the Harrisons pellets as it is all organic. The bread mix will last up to 7 days in refrigerator and up to 6 months in the freezer.

Keep us in the loop on what vet has to say and thanks for writing,
Linda

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