my cockatoo is a picky eater and is under weight

by michele
(vineland nj)

I have a cockatoo she was rescued she had 5 homes we had her for 4 years now she plays on the bottom of her cage seems very happy with us, but she is under weight, she eats her seeds and peaches pears cheese noodles loves chicken bones ( she does not eat the maro) but she is under weight and her feathers look bad what should i do

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Mar 07, 2010
my cockatoo is a picky eater and is under weight
by: Linda

Hi and thanks for writing. Since you have asked for help, I will start off with the diet you have your bird on is HORRIBLE! Your parrot needs to be eating at least 80-90% organic high quality pellets, like Harrison's . The fruit and veggies can only comprise no more than 10-20% of the overall diet which means the pellets are the basic diet for a healthy parrot. Stop feeding ANY PEOPLE FOOD LIKE THE NOODLES, CHICKEN BONES OR ANY OTHER KIND OF PEOPLE OR TABLE FOOD as all these do is fill her up with empty calories, salt, fat and sugar. Salt and sugar will kill birds in a short period of time, and fat will kill them slowly over a period of time.

So here is what you need do right away. First, take your bird to an Avian Vet for an exam for infections to make sure she is able to make a transition from all the stuff you feed her to a healthy balanced diet. Sick birds are picky eaters, and birds eating food inappropriate for them are also picky eaters. Second, get some ORGANIC HIGH QUALITY PELLETS LIKE HARRISONS TO FEED HER. They also make a tasty Birdy Bread mix and get the Sunshine Factor organic Red Palm Oil to go in it. DO NOT PUT HYDROGENATED OIL INTO ANYTHING COOKED FOR BIRDS. Third, the change from seeds and table food can take some time, so here is a link to an article written by an Avian Vet on how to go about it. Switching Birds to Pellets article.

Your bird needs to be seen by an Avian Vet as soon as is possible. All new birds need to be seen by Avian Vet as moving around can cause them to contract a bacterial infection. PLEASE GIVE THIS BIRD THE BEST CHANCE AT A GOOD LIFE THAT YOU CAN AS SHE DESERVES BETTER THAN HER OTHER HOMES PROVIDED AND NEEDS TO BE CARED FOR AS A BELOVED FAMILY MEMBER.

Write back with any questions, and please understand that this advice is sound and comes from a lifetime of working with parrots, making mistakes and learning from them, so I can help people like you.


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