my quaker is annorexic
Posted 15 August 2011 - 05:48 AM
we took him in for a checkup and the vet found he had a irritated gizzard and was not grinding his food well. she gave us medicine and it helped till we used it up then he pretty much stopped eating. After giving him meds I figured out I could feed him the same way just use a syringe and squirt hand feeding formula into his beak. it worked out. for a while I fed him twice a day and he got nice and filled out. then down to once a day. but he did not eat much of anything. some birdy bread I made and some dried fruit and some fresh veggies. though I found he was eating sprouted seed.
we took him in and she said he is doing good but he is getting too much with the formula and his kidneys are working hard. She said mix it 50/50 with baby oatmeal. so I did and he may be eating a bit more but not enough. he eats some sprouted seed now and the bread and some fruit. but if I hand feed him less he then eats less during the day ( I hand feed him before bedtime) it's easy to tell when he does not eat as much as he is more fluffed up and a bit grumpy.
this has been going on over a month now. he will eat a bit more if you give him stuff when holding him verses in a bowl in the cage. I had two days I could not feed him and he pretty much stopped eating anything till I started hand feeding him again.
anyone know of a good bird physiologist?
Posted 17 August 2011 - 02:17 AM
When I first brought her home from the breeders, she never really settled into a proper eating pattern. She was eating, but for months she wasn't eating enough to maintain a healthy weight. She often begged for food, which lead me to think she mightn't have been weaned properly, or if she was weaned, the move to a new home made her revert to her unweaned state. I also considered the option that perhaps her wings were clipped too early on, which often causes issues in unweaned birds. Are your bird's wings clipped?
In any case, her eating did pick up for a while, but about a month ago she stopped eating all together, and like you, I've been syringe feeding her baby parrot formula since.. She's begun to nibble at food again, especially since I got a new bird and she's seen him eating. But she still isn't eating nearly enough to maintain her body weight, no matter how much food I offer her through out the day. The avian vet I took her to couldn't fine a damn thing wrong with her
I feel your pain, it's very frustrating.. Right now I'm just syringe feeding my baby every day until I can get her weight to a good place, then I hope that cutting back on her feedings will encourage her to eat.. But beyond that, I don't have much of a plan either. Hopefully someone more experienced will chime in and help the both of us out, aye?
Good luck with your lil' boy, I hope he begins to eat properly.. I know the stress you must be feeling right now, it's not fun.
Sherbie [RIP] :(
Posted 19 August 2011 - 12:49 AM
I've just bought some seed today to sprout, hopefully Shiloh will give 'em a try.. Birdy bread as been a no-go though. She appeared interested at first, nibbled a bit, and then decided she'd had enough lol
Keep us updated on what happens with your lil' guy
Sherbie [RIP] :(
Posted 24 August 2011 - 12:56 AM
In the last week though, I've been easing off on the syringe feeding, and offering her a huge range of fruit & veggies. I weighed her last night and was absolutely shocked to find that she's actually put on a couple of grams all on her own, without any feedings from me. I couldn't believe it!
Have you been offering kabeaky many different fruits and veggies? Shiloh wasn't interested in them for the longest time, but I just kept on offering them. It looks like she's finally starting to accept some of the food I offer her.
I've been told by a long-time parrot breeder that a great thing to offer an under-weight parrot to get their weight up, is sweet corn. Have you tried offering kabeaky sweet corn? Or something high in sugar like apple? Apple was the first thing Shiloh started eating on her own, so it might be worth a try.
You and kabeaky (i love that name by the way) will be in my thoughts. Hopefully the lil' guy starts eating and putting on some weight on his own soon!
Sherbie [RIP] :(
Posted 24 August 2011 - 03:19 AM
Posted 24 August 2011 - 03:45 AM
I don't think it is the food we give her. she eats better if we feed her while holding her. if I feed less handfeeding then she eats less then stops all together. I think it is more of a physiological thing then a physical ones. Went two days without hand feeding and she fully stopped eating anything. SHe hardly ate anything today but I held her sprouted seed dish with her on it and she ate a bunch. It's like she only wants us to feed her and if we don't she rather not eat.
Posted 24 August 2011 - 07:26 PM
Just throwing out ideas!
Posted 26 August 2011 - 03:52 AM
We are also trying the monkey see monkey do. The bird store had a new batch of Quakers at only 199.00 we have their cages right next to each other and kabeaky is not all that aggressive towards him/her. we took her the pet store to pick her buddy but she slightly spurned all three so we chose (G)
Posted 29 August 2011 - 08:51 PM
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Posted 30 August 2011 - 03:10 AM
what happens if I can't feed her? my blind wife can't. it is time she becomes an adult bird.
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