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New galah - bald/dry spots

So today we welcomed a galah, Charlie, into our family
I'm not sure how old it is, looks and sounds quite young, I've been told it's a she.
Anyway, she came with a cage but only one toy, and the only thing in her food bowl was sunflower seeds! I THINK it could be Mal-nutrition.
She's got a bald spot on above one of her legs and it looks very dry, around her eyes look dry too.
I'll post a picture of the bald spot when I can.
We've given her some of Cocky's food mix and bits of apple, silver beat and I also put a piece of carrot in her bowl.
She seems to be drinking water quite happily too
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Their eyes usually look like they have dry rings around them but not to that extent in my opinion. If she was only eating sunflower seeds then she is waaaay out of good condition the sooner you get her on a better diet the better! use some pure aloe vera on those dry patches. I use it on my hawk when he gets dry legs and feet! Works great

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Thank you! Yeah I wasn't happy with what she was eating... She got straight into the big bird mix seed of Cocky's that I put in her bowl! I'm hoping some tender loving care will get her into shape Thank you! I will try that, we always have aloe Vera around the house! I'll just have to look for pure aloe
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It may be that she's never had a good spray bath/ shower as well.
I'd go for one of those as well.

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Thanks! I didn't think of that! Her crest does seem quite dry! I'll try it tomorrow (:
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Yes, a bath and some good food will do wonders for her! And some TOYS for fun!

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I never thought of a bath Silly me

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What a beautiful bird! And a very lucky bird to have found you before he met his death through sunflower seeds.

Please let us know how he's doing in his new home with you?

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very pretty bird he is way better off now that he is with you

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Hi Sarah. Why do people always do this to members of the Too family.

Her eyes look pretty normal to me, they always look wrinkly. But her feathers could be in better condition. It looks like she may be having a bit of a moult.

Actually the Cocky mix is not right either. All my birds from the budgies right up to the Cockatoo's including half a dozen Galah's get Peachface Mix. This is mainly the millets with about 10% Sunflower and Safflower, with sometimes a small amount of wheat and in winter it has oats. Mine all do great on this mix. I use Avigrain brand, it's clean and good quality. If I try to grow it I get about a 90% strike rate, showing that it is pretty fresh.

I don't think she is that young. If you look at her eyes if she is a female the iris will be a brown, the picture you have posted that does not show up very well, males eyes stay black. They get the brown iris at around 6 months and from the wrinkles around the eye it shows she might be a few years old. Don't use the aloe around the eyes I don't think she needs it and it may get into the eyes. The feather loss is probably because of the sunflower diet. That will cause feather loss because of the high oil content. Especially if it was black sunflower and not grey stripe which has less oil. There is also a hybrid between the black and the grey stripe which is called black stripe, lower in oil than the pure black but more than the grey. That type of diet can also cause fatty cysts too. I had a Galah here that had been on a Sunflower and cracked corn diet for years and she had a huge fat cysts in her abdomen. After a few months on a better diet the cyst had shrunk considerably.

Hope that helps and good luck with her, they are great birds.
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Hey thanks guys! I'll take all this in I'll have a look at the peachface mix and pick some up on my pay day Yeah she was quite devoid of toys too...Poor thing!
I just don't understand how people manage to take such poor care of their animals.... Apparently the cage was in poor condition and needed cleaning when we got it here. The lady who had her gave her away to us!!
Some people shouldn't be allowed pets if they aren't going to look after them I suppose some people don't know better, but that's why you ALWAYS research before getting a pet

Anyway thank you! I will be sure to give this little one some TLC and get her life back on track
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The problem really is they just don't know any better. A relative that had one years ago and that is what they fed theirs. All the rubbish in the supermarkets showing the birds on the feed packets. I mean they put a picture of a Lorikeet on a bag of seed, Lorikeets don't or should not eat seed, they don't have the same type of juices in their intestines etc to digest seed.

I have a bird display at our local Festival every year and we do our little bit to educate people on how to care for their birds. That is all any of us can do.
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Kate, funny you should say that because Wilkinson's in the UK (a big general store) sells bird seeds and on the front of the parakeet mix is a rainbow lorikeet. I was fuming

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What a beautiful bird. I am glad he had a new lease on life



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Kate, funny you should say that because Wilkinson's in the UK (a big general store) sells bird seeds and on the front of the parakeet mix is a rainbow lorikeet. I was fuming

Daisy, email trading standards!
Thats outrageous!
Its bad enough people just buy the pretty bird,
Let alone having encouragement from wilko's.
My kids always look for Bob on the parrot toy packaging to make sure its the right size.
But normally it is.
I wish people would research before undertaking pet keeping.
You should've seen the lengths my dad went to with his koi carp!

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Another suggestion, (if you are still open to them) this might be more expensive, but taking your new 'too to the vet to check everything out, and then getting help from your vet to choose a healthy diet, one that will meet all your bird's needs and possibly make up for what your bird has been missing, and get help getting your 'too onto that diet.
I would suggest pellets. People will have their preferences, mine generally being Harrison's, but Harrison's is known for being packed full of TONS of nutrients, which might be good for your 'too at this point. You can always purchase supplements, but like I said earlier, I would work with your vet on this, as he/she will know best.
Good luck! Your new 'too is gorgeous, by the way!




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Everyone has given great advice so far - change over her diet, give her a good bath, and all-around pamper her and she'll recover for you! If she's being stubborn about switching over to another seed mix and still wants her sunflower, switch her to the less oily ones as Kate suggested and you can also try soaking/sprouting them as well. Soaked and sprouted seeds pack a lot more nutrition in them than just dry seed. Once you get to know her personality, you'll be able to think up more ways to trick her into eating better things



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I have never had a problem with Galah's eating pretty much everything. I don't use pellets and I don't particularly like them as they are not designed for specific birds but are supposedly all encompassing. Unfortunately different species of birds require different nutrients. Also pellets here in OZ are very expensive. Many vets also push their own special little things that just end up being overpriced vitamins or even one vet who sells basically Apple Cider Vinegar at an atrocious price and all I have seen it do is alter the budgies colouring, making it blotchy when it was not a pied bird.

I have found with mine (and I have kept them for many many years) is a good quality seed mix like the Avigrain Peachface Mix with the addition of fruit and veges. Mine love apple, silverbeet, spinach, celery, endive, capsicum (bell pepper), chilli, passionfruit, mango, raw peas and beans, parsley and pumpkin. They are pretty easy going birds food wise. I get lovely big babies from mine.

A big difference from what I was shown when I got my first baby Galah over 40 years ago who was unweaned and I was told to just feed it Farex mixed with hot water until she weaned and then just seed, and not a very good seed at that. But that is what was done in those days, we have learnt so much more since then.

You just have to watch their weight like you do with all too's.
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I really don't have any advice, I just wanted to tell you how pretty she is. I love Galahs.

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