Help Please - CAG will not eat correctly

Iko

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I am looking for some help with my Congo African gray. I am struggling to get her to eat much of anything…

My apologies about the length of this post but I feel her back story might be helpful in solving this.

I have had my CAG for about 2.5 months now. She was transported up from Kentucky to Maine, she is approximately 7 or 8 years old. She came to me on a seed diet (some unknow mix that has seeds, peanuts in the shell, and dried fruit) She more or less converted herself over to natural zupreem pellets within a few weeks without any issue (she LOVED them) she liked to drop them in her water to make soup. I was also attempting to get her to eat chop without much success.

About November 9th she was acting a bit off and didn’t seem to be making as much “soup”. By Nov. 11th she was really sick. She was sinking... best way I can describe it as her head was very heavy, she would hang her head way below her feet catch herself sit back upright and repeat the process. By this point she was completely off her food and wouldn’t eat anything. She never fell off her perch but I thought she wouldn’t make it through the night. On November 12th I was able to get her into the only avian vet around. She had blood work and a poop test… her results came back that she was anemic. Vet wasn’t sure why, so they gave her fluids along with an iron shot and a shot of B vitamins. They also put her on 2 weeks of Doxycyline Monohydrate, and said whatever she will eat give it to her.

In an attempt to not have to towel her and destroy the relationship we had built. I opted to give her her meds in toast, as I knew she would eat the toast and getting the meds in her somehow was the most important thing….

During this time, I was also cooking / fixing different things for her to try everyday…

So far….

She will not eat: eggs (cooked all the ways), beans, peas, kale, broccoli, apples, pears, berries, spinach, pine nuts, almonds, pasta, oatmeal cooked and uncooked, baby foods of all types, baby puffs, smoothies, juices… I’ve made 3 different types of bird bread…she will also not touch Zupreem natural pellets (both large and small), Zupreme nut blend, we picked up some Mazuri pellets yesterday and nope… (I was hoping it was just the Zupreme she didn’t like…) Pellets have been offered hard as well as soft with and without extra water… I also got some nutra-berries yesterday and she wants nothing to do with them…

She will eat: Toast (whole wheat per the vet), Cheez-it crackers, sometimes she will eat a plain cheerio, peanuts, walnuts…

She has now finished her meds and doesn’t “sink”. she is however still sleeping in a weird position balanced between perches with her head propped up….

I am at a loss – I don’t know what else to try…. I know she needs to eat healthier…

Is she just being a Diva? Should she go back to the vet? Is there something else I should offer her? Any help, thoughts, suggestions, ideas, etc. would be very helpful and much appreciated!!!
 

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I would get in her for a re check, sometimes medicine needs to be given longer. Or different meds.. I would be weight check daily.

Chronic heavy metal poisoning is possible, might need x-ray and blood work to check that

I would try offering baby burd formula. Complete nutrition, and support sick burds in addition to what are eating

And you can try offering veggies this way, it usually will at least tempt them to destroy them, and start getting them use to textures. Use a millet holder, burd skewers, or something to suspend them at head or chest height
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I would absolutely go back to the vet, or at very least, call and talk with them for ideas. There's clearly something going on. Parrots are prey animals, so they'll hide illness until they can't any longer. If she's showing any kind of symptoms, she's very unwell, and weak. She needs to eat, so for the short term keep offering anything she'll take. Being sick and just maintaining body temperature burns a tremendous amount of calories, and she needs everything she can get.

Curious what vet practice you're using. I'm in Maine also, so I know choices are quite limited, especially as you get further north.
 
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Thank you both!
I have tried the suggestion of baby bird food with no luck. I have several kabobs on the way so hopefully she will at least play with her food…
In an attempt to try every option I did give her some seed mix… she ate every last seed minus the little pellets.
I have reached back out to the vet (river road) explaining everything and she believes at this point is playing the diva card. So her suggestion is to continue to give her a seed based diet (which would be better for her then toast) get her back on track and attempt to covert her to pellets again in a few months. (Of course keeping a very close eye on her in the process. )

I have yet to start researching the best seed diet (if there is such a thing) Do either of you have a suggestion? I did pick up about a pound of Higgins from the local shop but that was an impulse buy.
Thanks again!
 

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Everyone has preferences on the subject, so take it for what it's worth. I like Higgins California Blend, mostly because it doesn't have peanuts or sunflower seeds, but again, right now it's important to feed something she'll eat. Get her stable, and work on converting later, and very slowly. In the meantime, keep offering other things, fresh veggies and such. She's probably going to thumb her nose st it for a while, but eventually might start trying some.
 
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You definitely do not it want to starve them , and some will if not given seeds.

All of mine came to me as seed esters only except pets store bird that was pellets only. They all still get seeds but absolutely love their veggies. They come running when I put them out.

Part of that is probably flock learning from each other. So play video of African greys eating veggies fir her, why not? And of course make a plate and eat them together
 
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