Please Help My Senegal Parrot With A Vitamin D Deficiency

Senegal Parrot on back in man's hand on white background
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The light should be no more than 6 inches above the top of the cage and connected to a timer which provides 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness simulating equatorial light cycles.


I’m not surprised to hear about the conflicting laboratory test results.


You are the second person in a week to regale me of a similar incident with another avian veterinarian – conflicting lab reports.


With regard to the vet saying that “it will take at least a year for him to get better,” if they have the ability to predict the future, why can’t they tell us how to end feather plucking or excessive screaming?


One factor that we didn’t talk about is whether or not your Senegal parrot is flighted.


When we got Peaches our Senegal parrot, she had been in a rescue for seven years and never fledged.


We were told she will never fly.


Nobody told her that.


It took close to nine months for her flight feathers to grow in fully.

​Popcorn our rescue cockatiel went from a severe clip to fully flighted in about 90 days.


Getting a bird to fly is not the hard part.


Teach a bird how and where to land, now that’s a whole other discussion.


My point is that a flighted bird will have a healthier respiratory system just like mammals who exercise.


Muscles stay firmer and are less likely to atrophy, especially in the chest and shoulders.


Regarding the vitamin deficiencies, we’ve been hearing anecdotal stories about labs reporting false positives with conflicting results which is basically bad information about the health of your bird.


To ensure your Senegal is getting the right nutrition in terms of parrot food, we recommend Higgins Safflower Gold and/or Hagen Tropimix.


These two blends offer a combination of seeds, fruits, nuts, various other ingredients including pellets.


By going this route in terms of parrot food you’re no longer guessing about what to feed your Senegal parrot.


We know this because we have a Senegal of our own, Miss Peaches.


You also mentioned that you give “him” baths on a regular basis.


Do you know for sure it is a him or are you making an assumption?


I would also advocate at this point that you offer fewer bathing opportunities.


In that your bird is bathing so often, the bathing might be the cause of dry skin.


The frequent bathing might be causing the dry skin.


You may not be allowing your bird to accumulate the natural oils necessary to keep parrot feathers in excellent shape.


Consider adding a small amount, quarter teaspoon of coconut oil on top of the daily food dish.


If the coconut oil is coagulated, put it in a small glass dish and microwave it for no more than five seconds.


Test for temperature before pouring it over the food.


He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they would visit their monthly birdie brunch in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground. Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care. He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis. He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.