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Oct 06, 2010
Hi Linda - help with Indian ring neck parrot
by: Linda

Thanks for your kind words and am glad your bird seems to do doing so well. I always recommend that new birds be taken to an Avian(bird) Vet within the first week because a lot of them are already sick from being in a pet store or from the stress of moving into a new home. The infections some times do not show up immediately and can take longer depending on condition bird was in from the beginning. Birds also hide their illnesses because they are exotic wild animals and behave the way they do in wild flocks when ill. Sick or injured birds in the wild are either killed by predators, the flock itself or are driven away from the flock because they bring predators.

There is a link on this site for help in finding an Avian Vet, and it would be good to use it if you do not know where one is. Take bird only to Avian Vet because regular dog and cat vets do not know how to diagnose and treat birds and can sometimes kill them with wrong diagnosis and medicine or too much medicine.

Your bird also needs to be eating high quality organic pellets, and Tracie carries several on this site. Harrison's is what we feed or Amazons, and have been feeding them for over 16 years and we have few, if any, trips to the vet because they stay healthy. Birds also need safe wood toys they can chew on which helps with boredom, and they enjoy it plus it helps to keep their beaks nicely rounded instead of with sharp points which are very dangerous.Harder wood like Manzanita is good and these can be found in pet stores.

Here is a link about how to change birds from seeds to pellets written by Avian Vet. The change takes time, so do not be in a hurry.Also, you do not need to be feeding more than 10-15% of overall diet in fruit and veggies as this will cause a very bad nutritional imbalance for your bird.

Switching Birds to Pellets article

Make no changes in diet or start any training until your bird has been examined by an Avian Vet as both are too stressful for sick birds. Once he has a clean bill of health or medicine for any infections/parasites, then there are training materials on this site.You can then also begin to change from seeds to the more healthy organic pellets in the correct grind size for your bird.

Thanks for writing, and let us know how everything goes.

Linda

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