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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-31-2014, 03:10 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question Deficiencies in diet that may cause beak to grow

At Abby's suggestion, I'm starting a new thread as the old "diet" thread has been deleted.

I'll repeat my question:
I'm looking for more suggestions for diet as Baby, a black capped conure, began growing his beak w/n a few days of our getting him several months ago, and I just want to make sure he's not deficient in anything. He ate continuously for the first 5-7 days after he arrived here.......conure diet by volkman: http://www.naturechest.com/volcon28oz.html

I also give him greens such as dandelions (leaves and heads), grass (including seed heads when available), sprouts (which he hates unless they are totally dried out), grated carrots (which he loves), herb salad: http://www.allbirdproducts.com/newpr..._of_herbs.html (which he also loves). I've tried him on the dried veggie soup that was suggested, but he won't eat it.

I'm going to boil some eggs to give him (we are out at the moment).

I hope.........it's not liver disease. We really don't have any good bird vets in this area as people don't raise birds here b/c of the extremes in weather. They are always shipped in from other places.

Of course, he just may be adding naturally to his beak as he didn't even have his necklace completed around his neck when we got him about 2-1/2 mos ago and his beak does have to grow.

Suggestions? Or, thoughts?
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Tin cans?

BTW, I have another question.

During today's outing, Baby got his courage up to step off the outside of his cage onto a ledge between the breakfast room where his cage is and the foyer. On that ledge was an empty tin can that I use to dish up the cat kibble to feed outdoor cats. I'm sure he was enamored by the shiny surface........he finally stepped up on it with my holding it and he kept putting head into the can, making his little animal sounds (kinduv like a pup putting his head into a can and barking to make it louder) and also beaked the inside and outside.

Is there anything in the tin of a can that would hurt him, do you think? He was having so much fun with this can and just wouldn't leave it alone. He even forgot my hand was holding it and stepped off onto my hand when I put it up to get him off.......I'm thinking of putting one inside his cage onto one of his play ledges to see if he'll go inside to hear himself grumble......the can is just the regular size that has canned veggies, etc. in it.
??

EDIT: Seems that these cans are actually made of steel: http://www.keenforgreen.com/recycle/...ans_recyclable

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