My Quaker named Gilligan is turning 12yo in April. I have had him since he was 3 months old. He eats the Zupreem Natural pellets and gets an occasional seed bowl with dried fruits mixed in. Every morning he gets a nice chunk of fruit such as apple, orange, grape etc. Every night he gets some veggies but they have to be cooked. He does not like raw vegetables.
About 4-5 months ago he started just taking tiny bite after tiny bite of his pellets. He will just eat for hours at a time. He isn't eating anymore then what he has always eaten. Before he would be able to eat a single pellet in a short time now he will eat that same pellet but for a minute or two then grab another. His weight is at 111 grams.
About a month ago I started noticing that he will open his mouth like he is regurgitating his food from his crop but then just shake his head real hard almost like he is choking or unable to get anything out of his crop. I have felt around his crop and I can't feel anything in there. It's never really full nothing like when he was being hand fed formula when he was a baby.
His mood has not changed which I know parrots would rarely show it. But just outside of this eating issue he has seemed fine.
I know most would just recommend going to the vet which I am planning on just wondering if anyone else here has seen or heard of a similar situation and what his problem could possible be.
Post by deanaandsam on Jun 6, 2023 10:23:30 GMT -5
Hello, I realize this is a couple of years late, but wondering how it was resolved. My Sam is 22 years old and seems very healthy, but I've noticed lately that he sometimes seems to have trouble swallowing and does some scary neck stretching, as if a larger piece of food has stuck. I make sure to mash cooked veggies now. I wouldn't know how to clear his crop as some folks have mentioned. I will of course take him to vet when I am able to go to crowded places again, but if you have any advice I would surely appreciate it. Hope Gilligan remains well.
Unfortunately, we don't know how things worked out for Gilligan. That was the only post that member ever made and there was no follow-up.
The planned vet visit is the best way to assure that all is well with your parrot. It could be useful to keep track of what Sam has been eating before he exhibits that behavior. If certain foods, or particularly certain food textures, set it off then adjustments might be needed, as you've already been doing by mashing vegetables. If it seems like dry pellets might be a problem, soften them in water or unsweetened fruit juice. If there are any specific foods that seem to be troublesome it will probably be helpful to report that to the vet. Hope that all will be well with Sam.