Heat cycle of a yellow nape amazon

by Nancy Forler
(Playas del Coco Costa Rica)

My yellow nape amazon was egg-bound last year and I had to insert mineral oil to help her pass the egg. It was rotten and since then she has not come out of heat. Why is this happening to her? She again is egg-bound and I am beginning the process of the mineral oil. Does anyone have any ideas why her heat has not stopped?

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Dec 21, 2011
heat cycle of a yellow nape amazon
by: Nancy

Linda
What do you think about injecting extra virgin olive oil? This is natural and probably will do the same thing.

Editor's note: Much safer, but make sure you don't get it on it's feathers. If it spreads the oil when preening it will have a hard time keeping warm. It is best to Find an Avian Vet to treat the bird.

Dec 21, 2011
heat cycle of a yellow nape amazon
by: Nancy

My amazon eats fresh Papaya 2-3 times a day which has lots of calcium - along with fresh broccoli - apples - sweet corn - carrots - - green beans- cauliflower - cheese and I give them chicken mixed in with plain pasta and veggies. I believe that my birds have a very balanced diet - especially since I cannot get the food that you have recommended.
To me fresh food is still the best.

Dec 21, 2011
heat cycle of a yellow nape amazon
by: Nancy

What can I say. I live in Costa Rica and it seems that this is another subject that is behind on proper information. Thanks to all for the help

Dec 21, 2011
Mineral oil is petroleum based
by: Tracie

Mineral oil is usually petroleum based, and that is toxic. Maybe your avian vet is not aware of this?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mineral_oil

Maybe your vet just figures the poison is better than the bird dying of egg binding though. Hopefully you can find some Harrison's pellets and never have to go through this again.

I hope everything works out for you.

Dec 21, 2011
heat cycle of a yellow nape amazon
by: Nancy

It was an avian vet who instructed me to insert the mineral oil into her anus. That was over a year ago and she had no side effects from it. But I will call him again and ask him about the info you have given me. Thank you....Nancy

Dec 20, 2011
Heat cycle of a yellow nape amazon
by: Linda

The Amazons cannot be bred or encouraged to lay eggs until they are sexually mature at around 6 years. As Tracie said, diet plays an important role in having a healthy bird.

The other thing here is take your bird to an Avian Vet to make sure she is okay. The mineral oil is a poison and can poison your bird from the inside out. Never ever use anything unless it has been prescribed for your bird by an Avian Vet as many birds are killed by using over the counter medicines and home remedies.

Birds do not have heat cycles as they are neither dogs nor cats. They simply lay eggs or they don't, and it is never called a heat cycle because it is not a cycle.

Linda

Dec 20, 2011
heat cycle of a yellow nape amazon
by: Anne

Are you also giving CALCIUM this is a vital ingrediant for the egg shell as well? Cuttle fish is not enough the female needs it 5 times a week when breeding then when feeding chick, it needs to be added to the water or on moist foods.

Editor's note: If the bird eats a quality pellet like Harrison's or Roudybush then do not supplement.

Dec 20, 2011
Bird with egg binding
by: Tracie

I do not know what is available for you there in Costa Rica, but mineral oil is toxic and I would not use that.

To prevent egg binding you simply need to feed your bird Harrison's pellets for 80% of it's diet. In over 30 years of practice, our avian vet has not seen one case of egg binding in birds that eat Harrison's.

You might need to call Harrison's at 1-800-346-0269 to see if they will ship them to you in Costa Rica.

Please read our Chronic Egg Laying article written by an avian vet for more information on caring for birds that lay eggs.

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