Underweight blue front amazon

by Kristen Bennett
(Gainesville Florida)

Hi, I have a blue front amazon that I bought from a woman about 3 years ago, when we got him we were told that he was neglected, you can see that he is defiantly underweight, I have tried to get him to eat a variety of foods to put weight on him but nothing works, other than the weight he seems perfectly healthy any idea of what it could be and how I could get some weight on the poor guy? Thanks, Kristen

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Nov 10, 2012
Underweight blue front amazon
by: Linda

Your bird is sick and probably has been for a very long time. We recommend all new birds be taken to an Avian Vet to be examined for infections or other physical issues that could be causing them problems.Do not take to regular dog and cat vets because they are not licensed to practice medicine with birds or other exotic animals. Only an avian vet can find out what is wrong with your bird and treat it correctly.

You will need to find an Avian Vet ONLY in your driving area and get your bird in for an exam right away. Underweight birds are underweight because there is something physically wrong with them. All parrots need to eating a high quality diet of organic pellets like Harrisons found here. Your bird would eat the Course Grind which refers to the size of the pellets. These pellets have to be 80-85% of the diet with only 10-15% in dark green, orange and yellow veggies which means a little bit a few times a week. Harrisons makes a wonderful bird bread mix also found here and get the Sunshine Factor's organic red palm oil to use as the called for oil plus 2 whole eggs and water. I bake a loaf of this up, slice it up, wrap slices in saran wrap and put into freezer bags. Take out what bird will eat in a day or two and leave the rest frozen. The bird bread mix helps birds get used to eating the pellets.Refrigerate the pellets after opening.

I'll give you a link to article on how to go about changing from seeds and junk pellets below, but you have to get this bird examined by a licensed and trained Avian Vet before making any dietary changes. I guarantee you there is something wrong with him, and your statement about neglect makes it something that should have already been taken care of. When you adopt a neglected bird, chances are good they are sick and have been for who knows how long. You are right now neglecting him by not already having him checked out by an avian vet. Please get him the help he needs.

Switching Birds To Pellets article

Once he has been examined for infections both bacterial and viral plus checked for parasites and either given a clean bill of health or treated then you can begin to change the diet. Also, while at the avian vet's have some basic bloodwork done to make sure he does not have liver, kidney or thyroid problems. Birds who have eaten all seed diets for a long time sometimes have liver problems, so make sure this bloodwork is done. After all that, you can begin the diet change to the healthy organic pellets. Harrisons is the best, and I have two Amazons who've been eating it for many, many years and they are healthy and at the right weight. They are seldom sick because the healthy diet keeps their immune systems healthy.


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