Foods to Avoid

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Foods to Avoid if Your Parrot Plucks

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Sugar

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Caffeine

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Alcohol

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Junk Food - Chips, French Fries, etc.

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Fried or Fatty Foods

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Salt

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Refined White Flour

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Pellets

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Vitamin Enriched Products

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Chemical Preservatives: ie. Ethoxyquin

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Colored Products: Chemical Dyes

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Artificial Flavoring

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Dairy Products

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Corn

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Peanuts

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Soy Products

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Spirulina 

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Wheat & All Gluten Grains

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Sunflower Seeds

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Citrus

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Potato: There are lots of chemical residues in potatoes.  They are sprayed.  

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Store bought berries.  These are also highly sprayed.  

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This is a list of the foods with the most chemical residue:   http://www.birdsnways.com/wisdom/ww18eii.htm 

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This is another site that lists possible chemicals in our food and the accepted amounts 

 

Foods to Feed

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Natural Whole Organic Foods.  Lots of fresh veggies, greens & fruits.

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Ground Organic Flaxseed

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Alfalfa Powder

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Sprouted Seeds (millet, oats, lentils, etc.)

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Supplement with a good calcium, magnesium, vitamin A and vitamin D supplement if your bird doesn't get direct sunlight.

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As your bird is improving introduce new foods slowly.  It could be a food allergy.  

Things to Do

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Give your bird lots of attention.

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Give your bird lots of foraging toys and other new toys to keep occupied with.

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Give your bird daily exercise.

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Give your bird a shower or bath (which ever your bird prefers) at least three times a week.

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Work on clicker training or other training techniques.  Teach your bird new things.  

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If possible take your bird outside for some fresh air and sunlight.

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Get a air cleaner.  We had a dog that used to be itchy and chew himself.  It was amazing how that all stopped when we got a good air cleaner.  

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Test for Giardia as it can cause plucking.  Click here for a good article.

BONGO BIRD TOYS for foraging toys.

 

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