Posted: Sat Apr 01, 2006 7:05 pm Post subject: New balanced diet.
I rescued a Red fronted kakariki yesterday and the poor bird is in a very sad state.
Most of her head, back, top of wings and chest are bald, she is very thin but can still fly.
The people told me she has been like this for about 3 years. ( and they never botherd to find out why )
She was fed on CeDe - a complementary food for parots and sunflower seeds. ( rarely anything else)
I have given her a seed mix, millet spray and some fruit and veg - appart from the veg she has been eating a lot, but my question is; what would be the best diet for her and will this change upset her system?
I don't think your bird has a diet problem. Baldness is generally caused by mites( sometimes it can be hormonal). This type of mites are microscopic and therefore not visual. They feed them selves with the kreatin from the feathers. Sometimes you can notice some small lines of tunnels they have made, especially in the tail feathers.
They also live under the skin and feed them selves with the roots of the feather which are unable to grow.
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