Briefly the Parrot in question is the Kakapo. You may not have heard of our much loved Kakapo, which has endeared itself to us partly because it turns out it is quite a character. It is the largest parrot in the world and almost became extinct, mainly because any bird unable to fly around here suffers from a great deal of predation as you may imagine. The list of potential predators for this inoffensive bird is prodigious thanks largely to our introduced pests. It climbs trees quite well and can hop or glide from one branch to another or down to earth. In its quest to feed its young chick adequately, it will endeavour to give it 500 gms (roughly a pound) of berries each night which seems to be a huge amount for a chick, even if it is a big parrot's chick! What's going on here? Turns out that this quantity of these particular berries contain thirty times (not a misprint! ) of the Vitamin D required by your average adult human! It is as if this bird knows what is lacking in its diet and has trotted out to the local health food store to stock up on her / his supplements. Tricky getting enough Vitamin D if you only come out mainly at night of course. Seems like humans may be the only mammal that cannot synthesize its own Vitamin C so maybe this parrot has a similar problem with its Vitamin D? I wonder if there could be a way of assisting them with getting their share of Vit D by some easier means than switching to being diurnal or binging on berries? ! Is some other element lacking as a sort of co-factor possibly? Maybe some of the plants it used to have access to are no longer available in its environment? Is its present diet too restricted?
Quite a puzzle I know but somebody out there might have a clue?
The best natural wormer for budgies that I have found is food grade Diatamaceous Earth. I mix it into a small amount of water to get the consistancy of single cream. Then I paint it on some thing in their environment that they like to nibble on. It worms them really well with no trauma or bothersome chemicals.
Lavender Oil for Bird Mites
Bird mite remedy
I have three parakeets. I noticed a mite on one of their beaks, it won't be long and they could all die... So I thought this remedy will either kill them or cure them! This is what I did: In a 2 oz. Spray bottle, add 2 to 4 drops Lavender essential oil. Clean the bottom tray of your cage, then line w/ paper towels and spray paper towels w/ Lavender-water! Yea!! It cured my one parakeet and the others did not get mites! I've been doing this now for 2 years... Happy healthy birds! And it allows slack time between cage cleaning... No smelly cage! Hope this helps other bird lovers! Tonzzi
Worms in Budgies
Hello I wonder if anyone has a natural cure for thin spaghetti type worms that my three budgies seem to have picked up somehow. I have treated them twice now with Lovitt's Whistler bird wormer 1ml to each 10ml of water and it seems to help but less than a week later I find the dried thin spaghetti looking worms at the bottom of the cage.
The budgies are given clean water and fresh seed each day as well as some greens a few times a week. Their cage is cleaned regularly of any droppings etc.
cataracts for cockatiel
Our bird of 24 yrs has a grey film on one eye and a grey dot(cataract) on the other eye. She also has arthritis in both feet and walk not as smoothly as before but can walk. here feathers at the tail get damaged and at the side of her wings looke bare. Also, the little pajama feathers at her legs are no more. Any idea how I can go about this starting with cataracts? Would vitb6 pyridoxine help? i have already been to the vet and surgery is not recommended. Also any vitamins to prevent further damage and to live another 25 yrs?
Flax Seed Oil and Apple Cider Vinegar
Dear Sylence: There are several causes either vitamins or metal poisoning. The bird may suffer from a vitamin B deficiency which relates to mostly pantothenic acid, inositol or choline barbitrate. If the skin is a problem that resulted in lost of feathers it might be niaicinamide. Usually bird seeds are quite nutritious, but exception does occur if the seed has been heated to a high temperature or overprocessed such that all vitamins are destroyed.
It is noted that the drinking container should be plastic and non metalic. The birds find metals quite toxic to their system. Certain birds might be sensitive to a vitamin deficiency differently so this may explain why one is o.k. and another is not. The other possibility is that one of the birds have been chewing on the cage and it is high in toxic metals. So the best way to deal with it is to let the bird stay in a cage free from metals and certain lead based or metal based paints.
Flax Seed Oil and Apple Cider Vinegar
I was given two budgies. One has no feathers under his wings, the other budgie has feathers and they are both in the same cage. Does anyone have a home remendy that would help this little budgie?