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Old 04-20-2019, 02:26 PM
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Remi went to the vet today

So we finally made a move and visited a vet today. Not sure about certified avian vet as there is no one nearby us, but this is a place that takes in exotics and birds as well, so it's the best we could do for now.
Some of you may know my issue with Remi's tail chewing. Turns out, he is pretty healthy, they did a thorough physical exam, checked the skin, preening gland, beak and mouth etc. They took a stool sample and it looks excellent. No lesions on the skin or fungus, no missing feathers. Normal preening. The preening gland was a little dry so she suggested red palm oil for vitamin A and E, and a humidifier. I asked about a blood test, but she said at this point he looks very healthy that she would like to see him back in a few months and do a blood test then. Didn't want to do too much today.
The tail chewing seems completely behavioral and she thinks to try and keep him busy with toys etc. This is what I was thinking also, considering Remi's past. (he came from a rather weird situation and stressful circumstances).
Anyway, she says he looks very confident and has pretty good look overall.
I was really proud of him, they weighed him, she examined him, handled him etc. and not a single bite! He stepped up great for us and was even talkative to the vet assistant!
Anyway, where do I get red palm oil?
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Old 04-20-2019, 02:28 PM
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Re: Remi went to the vet today

I would always insist on blood-work if in doubt. Glad everything else checks out.
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Re: Remi went to the vet today

Like I said, we will be going back in a few months to do bloodwork. For now, she said to try and give him red palm oil, humidifier for dryness, and keep him occupied.
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Re: Remi went to the vet today

Oh, and he weighs about 68 grams. Is that an average weight for a GCC? It seems a little low. She showed me his keel bone, she thinks it's just fine.
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Old 04-21-2019, 09:11 AM
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Re: Remi went to the vet today

68 grams is within normal range for a gcc. The important thing is body condition rather than weight so it's a good thing that the vet checked Remi's keel and showed you also. I have a gcc now that is around 65 grams and she is in good condition and I used to have a gcc monster that was close to 90 grams, also in good condition, so their ideal weight can fluctuate greatly.

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Re: Remi went to the vet today

Thank you for the info! Yeah, I just worry about him, but he looked healthy to the vet.
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Re: Remi went to the vet today

Palmoil...most online birdy-shops have it for you.
You sometimes find it in the 'healthnut-department' as well if you are lucky.
Depends what part of the world you live in - try to get the red stuf

(I had to order mine online from one of the parrotshops)
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Re: Remi went to the vet today

Went to the store today and got a warm mist humidifier. Then, I remembered I had a UVA/UVB bulb from a long time ago that was sitting in my pantry. so, I picked up a tall lamp. I am thinking a little bit of light may help with vitamin D levels too. Still looking for the red palm oil, but I think one of the stores nearby has it.
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Old 04-23-2019, 07:08 AM
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Re: Remi went to the vet today

Some grocery stores have it now. I've seen it near the fancy unfiltered coconut oil.
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Re: Remi went to the vet today

Harrisons sells red palm fruit oil. They also have food that includes it. https://store.harrisonsbirdfoods.com...S/products/84/


I know that GCC are smaller than sunnies, but I didn't realize the weight difference! Skittles weighs about 120g and he is NOT overweight at all. I wonder why GCCs weight is so much different. I think Skittles is also probably one bigger side of sunnies. He was easily twice as big as my tiel Peaches, but she was also small for a tiel.
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