stress bars

by tara

i recently bought a nanday conure about 2 weeks ago i named Mango..when my boyfriend and i got him we took him to our local exotic bird center to have his nails trimmed because they were terribly long and the woman said he had stress bars. I also have a 7 year old green cheek that has never had a health issue an stress bars are new to me. I've done reading about stress bars an relation to diet and i would like to know what else i can do for mango because we give him a large variety of good foods in his diet

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Nov 26, 2009
stress bars
by: Linda

Well, "stress bars" is a misnomer in that these bars represent very poor nutrition and severe neglect on the part of previous owner. Combine that with the long tonails, and you have proof positive of severe neglect.

Your birds need to be eating a high quality, organic pelleted diet like Harrison's. Tracie carries their products here as well as a few more organic pelleted diets any of which would be better than seeds. It does not matter that you may be giving fruit and veggies because seeds and not pellets insures death at an early age and suffering all along the way.

I'm giving you a link to an article by an Avian Vet on how to approach the change from seeds to pellets, and you will need to first buy the pellets and then proceed to follow his direction on how to make the change. Your birds will be completely OFF seeds at the end of the process.

The other thing I highly recommend for a neglected bird is a trip to an Avian Vet in your driving area. Notice I did not say CLOSE to your home, but your driving area. Most cities have Avian Vets spread out some, so find one and proceed to make sure this bird does not have infections from being neglected for so long. People who are not going to even try to take care of their birds should not have them in the first place. I'm hoping you are one who loves them and will do all in your power to bring this bird back to health which is her right. She has a right to have the best food, medical services, and proper caging, perches and toys. These are her rights as a sentient being.

Here is link to Dr. B's article, and you'll need to get your pellets soon as is possible.

Switching Birds to Pellets article.

Good Luck and God's Speed,

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