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plumsmum

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Thanks plumsmum
I took the male ekkie to the vet shortly after he had developed the diarrhoea and the vet put him on the bird equivalent of kaolin for 5 days. He also gave hime a thorough examination and tested his stool. This coincided with the female laying her first egg. That was over a month ago and made no difference. He is very happy in himself, good appetite and normal behaviour. I think that Michael is right in that he is sensitive to the females' hormones. I have noticed over the years with all of my birds that if the get excited their stools become loose. He is not too keen on flying, but I can try that and get him some more toys.
Let us know how you get on but would recommend that blood test if the diarrhoea continues :)
 

Kim-Marie

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Female being more aggressive during laying period, this is quite normal with many Ekkies, they expect you to provide food each time you see them. have you watched !Australia the land of parrots" on you tube, there is some interesting observations on the Ekkies
Thanks Michael
I will find it and have a look.
Best wishes
 

Kim-Marie

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Let us know how you get on but would recommend that blood test if the diarrhoea continues :)
Hello Plumsmum
I took him for a blood test this morning and the vet is also sending a stool specimen to the lab. He also gave him a good examination while he was under anaesthetic and could not feel anything untoward.
I will let you know when I get the results.
Thank-you for your advice, I really appreciate it :)
 

Michael Reynolds

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its good that you are having the bloods checked well done, my ekkie gets checked yearly or more often if she goes out with me and meets other birds. I will advice you to try to find a avian vet who can do the bloods and confident in the procedure with out having to anaesthetize your bird as this can put a bird at risk
 

Kim-Marie

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its good that you are having the bloods checked well done, my ekkie gets checked yearly or more often if she goes out with me and meets other birds. I will advice you to try to find a avian vet who can do the bloods and confident in the procedure with out having to anaesthetize your bird as this can put a bird at risk
Thanks Michael
He is an avian vet at Bishops in Hatfield. I was surprised when he said that Lectus would need anaesthetising, but he said it would be more dangerous to take the blood from his neck if he was not. Many years ago I took his to an avian vet in Harold Wood and he was in a far worse state when I got him back - he nearly died.
 

Ararajuba

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Welcome Kim-Marie. A lovely birdie family you have there. I hope you manage to get the health/diet issues sorted out - there are some very knowledgable and experienced people on this forum to help you with this!

Is Lucky the splendid parrot tame, by the way?
 

Kim-Marie

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Welcome Kim-Marie. A lovely birdie family you have there. I hope you manage to get the health/diet issues sorted out - there are some very knowledgable and experienced people on this forum to help you with this!

Is Lucky the splendid parrot tame, by the way?
Hello Ararajuba
Thank-you for your warm welcome. I have already had some great advice from some people on here - what a great bunch of folk with a wealth of knowledge.
Sadly, Lucky is not tame.
Best wishes
Kim-Marie
 

Michael Reynolds

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if bloods had to be taken from the neck then yes putting to sleep for a short time is better. I still cannot say enough about there diet side as this alone can change not only there health but also there moods. feeding the wrong foods is a slow death for an eccie so please do not fall into the trap that many owners do by thinking its not doing harm. i have come across eccie owners that have had there birds on bad diets for years and even i had lost my Ruby to feeding her too much fruit in her diet after reading wrong information. this is why i will hate to see others do the same mistake. I have always been a lover of grass parakeets and i have had a few in the past, still keeping an eye out for a pair of Jade turquoise parakeets, but not interested in the many colour veriaties there are out there. the last pair i had came and imported from Australia.
 

Kim-Marie

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:welcome: Kim-Marie and your beautiful flock!
Hello Roz
Thank you for the warm welcome. You have a beautiful flock too. I absolutely love amazons and see that you have three. What breed is Kobe? I have never seen one like that.
Best wishes
Kim-Marie
 

Kim-Marie

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if bloods had to be taken from the neck then yes putting to sleep for a short time is better. I still cannot say enough about there diet side as this alone can change not only there health but also there moods. feeding the wrong foods is a slow death for an eccie so please do not fall into the trap that many owners do by thinking its not doing harm. i have come across eccie owners that have had there birds on bad diets for years and even i had lost my Ruby to feeding her too much fruit in her diet after reading wrong information. this is why i will hate to see others do the same mistake. I have always been a lover of grass parakeets and i have had a few in the past, still keeping an eye out for a pair of Jade turquoise parakeets, but not interested in the many colour veriaties there are out there. the last pair i had came and imported from Australia.
Hello Michael
I have just had a call from one of the vets at Bishops (the avian vet only works Thurs & Fri nowadays. She thinks that Lectus may have diabetes and I will be going back with him on Thursday afternoon along with everything that I feed him on. She also want me to measure his water intake on a daily basis.
 

Michael Reynolds

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ok diabetes can normally be controlled by diet, please let me know what your vet recommends, its not uncommon for these birds to show diabetes problems, I think it will be more down to your birds intake
 

Roz

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Sending healing thoughts to Lectus. I guess another reason for upping veg and lowering fruit. Have you tried sprouting? Sprouts are bursting with nutrition - packed with vitamins, minerals and all important enzymes, plus if you mix them correctly you are providing a complete vegetable protein. Here is a thread about them:


Thank you for your lovely words about my flock. Kobe is a Blue-headed Pionus. Pionus come from South America like Amazons and are said to be loosely related.
 

Kim-Marie

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ok diabetes can normally be controlled by diet, please let me know what your vet recommends, its not uncommon for these birds to show diabetes problems, I think it will be more down to your birds intake
Thank-you Michael
I am reassured by your comments that his diabetes can be controlled with diet. I will definately let you know what the vet says....
 

Kim-Marie

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Sending healing thoughts to Lectus. I guess another reason for upping veg and lowering fruit. Have you tried sprouting? Sprouts are bursting with nutrition - packed with vitamins, minerals and all important enzymes, plus if you mix them correctly you are providing a complete vegetable protein. Here is a thread about them:


Thank you for your lovely words about my flock. Kobe is a Blue-headed Pionus. Pionus come from South America like Amazons and are said to be loosely related.
Hello Roz
Thank you for sending your healing thoughts to Lectus. I am heartened by Michael's post above too - that this should be very treatable - Lectus is our favorite bird.
Thank-you for the thread on sprouting. I will definately try that asap. Are sprouted sunflowers okay for Eclectus? I have been told that sunflower seeds, themselves are not. I have bought some AS30 no sunflower/peanut and have started to wean Lectus and Violet off of their previous seed mix.
Kobe is stunning and I can see the similarity with your amazons
 

Kim-Marie

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ok diabetes can normally be controlled by diet, please let me know what your vet recommends, its not uncommon for these birds to show diabetes problems, I think it will be more down to your birds intake
Hello Michael
I hope that you are well. I have just been back to see the vet. Lectus does have diabetes. We went through his diet in detail. I am currently weaning him off of Sky Gold fruity parrot with aniseed and changing it over to AS30 no peanut, not sunflower. He has told me to remove all dried fruit / banana chips. I had already stopped giving him nutriberries following your advice. I am already upping his fresh vegetables and fruit and the vet is happy with this. He wants me to test his urine daily for sugar and monitor/record this as well as his fluid intake for the next few weeks and keep him informed. He is reluctant to start any medication at this stage and wants to see how he progresses for a few weeks. He has given me some vitamin powder to give him a pinch of trice a day.
He also feels that the diabetes may have been triggered by stress with the female laying eggs.
I really appreciate you help and advice with this.
 

Michael Reynolds

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Thank you for your update, I am pleased your vet has decided on a stricter diet routine, knowing how long term giving these birds the wrong diet I think that your bird had diabetes for a while but only showed up with the test. I am pleased you asked about his droppings and that through this you by going to the vets will of saved his life, I would also advice putting you female on a similar diet but sprinkle a pinch of calcium powder on its feed every other day. please keep us updated
 

Kim-Marie

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Thank you for your update, I am pleased your vet has decided on a stricter diet routine, knowing how long term giving these birds the wrong diet I think that your bird had diabetes for a while but only showed up with the test. I am pleased you asked about his droppings and that through this you by going to the vets will of saved his life, I would also advice putting you female on a similar diet but sprinkle a pinch of calcium powder on its feed every other day. please keep us updated
Thank you so much Michael for your reply and great advice. Violet is on pretty much the same diet too now, although I do not remove the dried fruit from her AS30. I will definitely let you know how Lectus progresses. Take care
 
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