dr Salkin. Poppy is a male (we were told it was a female when we first got her, hence the name). She has a seed diet and does not appear to have lost weight. Since my original question she has passed a couple of green stools.
Thank you additional information, Lorna. A pure seed diet may be the clue to Poppy's malaise. These diets leave birds vitamin A, D3, and B12 deficient as well as calcium deficient. It would be prudent to begin administering an over the counter vitamin-mineral supplement in Poppy's water at half the dose recommended on the label. A pelleted diet (please see here: http://www.harrisonsbirdfoods.com/) is ideal but patience is required when asking a seed-eater to migrate over to pellets. you can offer tiny pieces of the tops of leafy greens, dried fruits and veggies, dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt, and hard boiled egg yolk.Would you consider the green stools to be looser than normal?Please heat up Poppy's environment to 80F by means of a 100W bulb shined into Poppy's partially covered cage (not at night when Poppy needs to sleep) or by taping a heating pad set at its lowest setting to the bottom of the cage. Please continue our conversation if you wish.
Dr. Thanks advice, will do. The green stools are looser than normal, but she has since passed firmer more normal stools.