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Re: Worried about my Green Cheeked. Please help!

I'd also get him to a vet because there are diseases etc that can cause this sort of thing (although that is not the only possibility). Any sudden change like this needs to be evaluated-- I'd get a cbc (blood work), maybe a vitamin panel (blood work) and maybe testing for specific viral diseases like PBFD and PDD (blood-work), possibly an x-ray (depending on how good your vet is)..Swabs of skin and throat are another possibility when it comes to testing for yeast etc. Gram stains are a good way to test for certain bacterial infections, but I doubt that is the issue here.



Does your bird go outside ever?


I'd also suggest looking into making him chop daily or trying to incorporate pellets into his diet, as seeds and fruit alone are not the healthiest. MOST people are supportive of pellets, but there are some who prefer to just provide their parrots with their daily nutrition in a more natural way. It's good for them to have some fruit and some seeds, but fruit is very sugary and seeds are high in fat. In excess, both can lead to issues. Don't cut him off from what he knows (you have to do things gradually or they may not eat enough), but DO start trying to vary his diet for more nutrition--think kale, some spinach (not too much), sweet potato-cooked(not a ton), carrots, broccoli (not a ton), non-iceburg lettuce, unsalted quinoa in moderation, pumpkin, squash, hot peppers, bell peppers, squash etc..You chop it all up and serve it like a mix. They waste a ton of food and may not try something for weeks, but you can't give up on trying to get them to try new foods. Modeling eating what you want your bird to try can also help-- try steaming or cooking veg too and see if that helps. You can still give fruit daily, but fresh is way better than dried and again, if you can get your bird to eat veggies, those are preferable over fruit. You can also still offer pellets and seeds while offering chop/veg, but keep in mind that you are going to waste a lot upfront if you have a picky eater-- that is just how it goes with parrots.



If you do chop-- you can consider making a batch each week or something and then freezing it in servings that you thaw in the microwave-- make sure there are no hot spots and try to get it close to room temp if you can. Warm chop can be a hormonal trigger for some. Chop shouldn't stay in the cage all day either, so you need to remove it after 2-3 hours.


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give your bird mushrooms, garlic, onion, leeks, shallots, green onions, chives, avocado, apple seeds, fruit pits, tomato leaves or stems, rhubarb, chocolate, caffeine, fake sugars, carbonated beverages, coffee (decaf or regular), certain spices, fortified human foods with added vitamins (some foods that are often fortified = baby cereal, breakfast cereal, some pasta, bottled juice etc... and avoid dairy products, as they are lactose intolerant (plain, organic yogurt with no RBST or added sugars is also generally okay in small amounts). Do not use canned veg in place of fresh/frozen, as these contain a lot of added salt and preservatives. Avoid too much citrus fruit or citric acid (this can mess with their iron storage). Also, avoid salt and sugar/corn syrup. A little sugar or salt in something like a treat is okay, but not a lot of it and it shouldn't be a daily thing. Avoid adding vitamins to food (unless directed to do so by an avian certified vet) and never add them to water, as they can accelerate bacterial growth and alter the flavor, resulting in avoidance of water.

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