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Post  FinchG on Mon Aug 06, 2012 11:47 am

Malnutrition, the leading cause of disease and early death in birds, is a human-created problem that can be prevented through proper nutrition.



Why Supplement?
Confused about the role supplements play in your birds wellness?

Consider this:

Every day, without exception, a bird needs to eat 40 essential nutrients.
Food passes through a bird's digestive track in just 20 to 120 minutes.
A bird does not store nutrients.
Over 80% of the birds taken to the vet for some "sickness" are suffering from malnutrition.

Seed-only diets are nutritionally inadequate for our birds health because they are deficient in the fat-soluble vitamins (vitamin A, D3, E, and K), several B vitamins, certain amino acids, and some minerals including calcium, zinc, copper, and iron.

Dr Laurie Hess, DMV, Dipl. ABVP-Avian; Owner, Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in New York, conducted a study on 135 pet birds. She reported the finding at the first International Symposium on Pet Bird Nutrition held in Hanover.

Dr. Hess's findings were quite alarming:

57.8% consumed less than vitamin A than recommended for maintenance
98.5% consumed less than vitamin D3 than recommended for maintenance
21.4% consumed less than vitamin E than recommended for maintenance
95.6% consumed diets containing less calcium than recommended for maintenance



Common Nutritional Deficiencies
Different bird species are prone to different nutritional and diet-related health problems.

Species Health Problems
African Grey Calcium deficiency
Amazon Vitamin A deficiency, fatty liver disease, obesity
Cockatiel Vitamin A deficiency, fatty liver disease
Cockatoo Obesity (they require low-fat diet)
Eclectus Vitamin A deficiency
Finches/Canary Iodine, Calcium and Protein deficiency
Lory Bacterial infections, iron storage disease
Macaw Vitamin A deficiency (some require high-fat diet)
Mynah Iron storage disease (they require low


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