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    Keet not well - seeking advice

    Hi, all.

    In the last couple of days, my parakeet has become a little more listless and has ruffled feathers. He/she (cere color has always been a little hard to tell on this one) still has a good appetite from the dish (and also takes millet from my hand) and continues to preen a lot but she is sleeping a lot with her head on her back. There's definitely something going on. The only visible sign I can see is some backed up feces around the cloaca but she usually takes care of that during preening. Her eyes are still clear also and she will fly off the cage still on occasion and can climb back up to the top (although not as quickly as prior to the last few days).

    I have an appt. at the bird vet today but I thought I would seek out some advice beforehand.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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    Re: Keet not well - seeking advice

    There's not much you can do, other that what you've done already (vet appointment).

    Just make sure the bird keeps eating, keep the bird warm and in a stress free enviroment. Other than that, good luck.
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    Re: Keet not well - seeking advice

    Okay, thanks. I just wish I could have gotten an earlier appointment. I hate waiting all day.

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    Re: Keet not well - seeking advice

    I'm sure everything will turn out alright.

    Keeping the bird stress free will help, if there's lots of loud noises or if the bird can't get 12 hours of sleep that will tax it's already stressed imune system.

    Keep a close eye on him/her, if the bird suddenly takes a turn for the worse or stops eating get him to the vet asap.
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    Re: Keet not well - seeking advice

    I hope your bird is ok! Be sure to post and let us know!

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    Re: Keet not well - seeking advice

    Thanks, you two. I'll keep you posted.

    By the way, what fruits and vegetables do you recommend? I'd like to supplement their seed diet. Maybe that's been part of my problem, but I haven't been able to get them to eat anything else.

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    Re: Keet not well - seeking advice

    What does your bird eat? Just seed? I would say there is an excellent chance that could be the bird's problem.

    You should definitely take steps to move the bird to a good pellet based diet that includes veggies with seeds and fruits as treats. Work towards getting your bird to eat a good pellet like Harrisons, Hagen tropican, or Zupreem natural. Offer a wide variety of veggies, try a little of everything until you find something that the bird will eat. Vitamin A high veggies are essential to good health.
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    Re: Keet not well - seeking advice

    Todd I am praying for a good report and easy solution to your little guy's problem.

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    Re: Keet not well - seeking advice

    My budgies LOVE broccoli and fresh spinach leaves. Grendle loves apples.

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    Re: Keet not well - seeking advice

    Thanks, all. I appreciate the good thoughts and suggestions. I've been giving them the mixed seeds, not just the basic ones, though the latter seems to be their preference. Are there any fruits and veggies I should NOT give them (besides avocado--I know about that one)?

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    Re: Keet not well - seeking advice

    As I understand it fruits should only constitute about 5 percent of their diets. The high water content and the simple sugars generally aren't that great for them and should only be offered sparingly as treats. Concentrate on getting them to eat veggies. Carrots, broccoli, red pepper, sweet potato, stuff like that. Try cutting them into different shapes and sizes. Try boiling or steaming them. Eat them in front of the bird so that the bird knows that they are food. As for veggies that shouldn't be offered... raw onions come to mind. Other than that I can't think of any. Chocolate, anything with sugar, caffeine should be avoided. Anything high in fat as well.

    Also, you need to get him on a high quality pellet as well. Harrison's is the best. Zupreem fruit flavoured isn't the best for them because of the food colouring, but it would be a better staple food than seed and it seems to be a hit with picky eaters.
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    Re: Keet not well - seeking advice

    You really need to do something about the diet. Birds have died from an all seed diet due to the malnutrition. Feed plenty of fresh veggies like spinach, kale, broccili, zuccini, carrots, peas, ect. Also fresh beans (not from a can) and legumes.

    I recommend pellets as well. Roudybush www.roudybush.com and Harrison's www.harrisonsbirdfoods.com are what I strongly recommend. They will send free samples if you e-mail them!

    These brands might also be available at the vet. Ask the vet if they carry these brands and pick up a bag if you can!
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    Re: Keet not well - seeking advice

    So how's the bird?
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    Re: Keet not well - seeking advice

    Hi, all.

    Unfortunately I am very sad to report that my little Jedi passed away at the vet's this morning. They had her overnight and tube fed her but it didn't help . The vet took another sample after she passed away and I have to call on Monday.

    I took Jedi to a lovely spot in a large park that overlooks a lake. She is now resting comfortably under a shady tree.

    I appreciate all the good advice I got here. My other parakeet, Jango, is doing well and adjusting to the deluxe new home I bought him today. He seems quite healthy and I am transitioning him onto Harrison's pellets, which I bought from the vet.

    Though I only had Jedi for about 9 months, I had become quite attached to her. It was a real shock to lose her so suddenly. But the vet said that when you actually see symptoms in a bird, their illness is much farther along than you think because they tend to hide the fact that they are sick.

    Thanks again, everyone, for the good wishes and great diet advice.

    Todd

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    Oh Todd, I'm so sorry!


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