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Vitamin A deficiency???

Hi, I was reading something about vitamin A defincies in budgerigars and it mentioned that the signs are brown stains above the birds' cere. He has a "kind of" stain above his cere, but it said that there are normally two and it's a very small stain. And also he sneezes quite a lot and his "snot" comes out (well sometimes he sneezes on me and it feels wet when he does that) I don't know if you can see it in this picture(it's quite old) but yeah, other than that he seems ok. Occasionally he gets some dandelion leaves and he loves them, should I feed him more of these? Like offer them daily? Also he mostly eats just seeds, in his budgie mix are sunflower seeds, millets and other seeds but he'll only eat the millet. He doesn't eat a lot of fruit and veg, when I eat something in front of him he might try it and then he usually decides he doesn't like it. Don't want to go to a vet though as my mum might have to pay a lot of money. His feathers also look a little untidy, but I think it's because he is in moult at the moment. But if he does have a Vit A deficiency I want to eliminate it fast so it doesn't escalate into Scaly Face or something worse.
Also, if it is a vit A defincniency, where can you buy vitamin supplements to sprinkle on the food? Thanks!
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Vegetables high in Beta Carotene (Vitamin A) are the red and orange coloured ones. So things like pumpkin and carrot are great. Although Carrots usually need to be blanched (put into boiling water for about 1 minute and then cooling) to release the beta carotene. Another if available over there is Kumera or Orange coloured sweet potato or yam.

So perservere with these types of veges. All my birds love them, even birds that have never had them before.
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I found this site for a list of Vitamin A foods.

I would always go for natural over manmade suppliments, they are much better.

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Try to make chop for him with plenty of vitamin A enriched foods? I don't have sunflower seeds in my budgie mixes as they don't even go near them. You're better off giving him fresh foods in the day with a seed mix in the evening

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thanks, he tried some carrot, peeled and grated and he loved it! It has inspired me to make a treat for him that he will enjoy!
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I also give my little guy acorn squash finely grated with a food processor. Butternut squash and yam will work just as well

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I just pull the carrot out of the ground. Wash it and give the tiels the lot!
Top and all. Years ago they had suspected pbfd.
I just upped their vitamin intake. All the twisted feathers and strange beak colours just disappeared.
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try giving your budgie greens with high vitamin A content. I've realised with mine that they prefer green coloured foods over others and are much more willing to give them a try .
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Can anyone tell me if I need to cook the yams or do they eat them raw. I have a sun conure that only likes apple.
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Originally Posted by catlady4u View Post
Can anyone tell me if I need to cook the yams or do they eat them raw. I have a sun conure that only likes apple.
You have to cook them

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