Interesting Grey Parrot Facts and Recomendations
Below is a summary of some of the interesting things we have learned. We hope that they are correct and will try to supply references when we remember!
1. African Grey Parrots have no gallbladder
2. Teflon is Polytetrafluorethylene is toxic to birds.
3. Beware of galvanized steel. Zinc is used in the plating process. Zinc can behave like lead so be cautious if there is a potential for ingestion.
4. Initial vet checks: Reportedly, these birds are prone to
5. Standing on one foot is normal and the sign of a healthy bird. Evolution has resulted in birds appearing healthy even when sick as a defense against predators.
6. Cage time Advice we received: Plan on the bird's future amount of time that s/he will be allowed out but remember that babies will get more time than adults.
Some have suggested that A varied schedule prevents the bird from becoming neurotic and upset if a routine schedule is interrupted. This seems to work fine with her
7. Be persistent with step-up training. Read the Pet Bird report at www.petbirdreport.com. If we had kids,
we would raise them that way.
8. Be careful of the internet news groups. There is some good advice but a lot of bad advice as well. rec.pets.birds and alt.parrots.african-grey are interesting but always take them with a grain of salt.
9. Diet : Do not underestimate the importance of diet, especially in this kind of bird. There is nothing "natural" about high fat (seed) diets for birds. People in 3rd world countries eat "natural diets" and tend to live to about 45 years of age.
10. Get a good avian vet.
It is not always easy to find information about the sources of potential heavy metal poisoning. As there is a lot of information available about metal toxicology from human occupational exposure, some of the facts may be helpful to those trying to determine the source of exposures in parrots. Sometimes some detective work is involved.
Below are some helpful facts and references.
Animal Poison Control Center: 1-800-548-2423 ( $30.00 fee) - Haven't
Sources and Types of Metals and Some basic reference material on humans
Stainless Steel - nickel alloy *
Permanent Magnets: Alloys of nickel, cobalt, aluminum and iron *
Galvanized Steel : Zinc is used to make this steel alloy - but sometimes Zinc baths used to make this have been contaminated with Lead**
Brass: Alloys of copper and Zinc: Usually 2:1 ratio but sometimes lead is found as well *
Bronze: Also forms of copper alloy, some of which contain large amounts of Zinc *
Zinc chloride: solid corrosive to skin and mucous membranes. Inhalation exposures associated with lung injury, alveolitis and bronchpneumonia *
Zinc Oxide : Sunburn preventive: White pigment ( Remember all those white noses at the beach?) Effects: Metal fume fever can occur in response to fumes of this or respirable particles. *
· * Occupational Diseases; A Guide to their Recognition: US Dept of HHW 1977
· ** Burgess WA Recognition of Health Hazards in Industry New York , John Wiley and Sons 1981
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