Hi! I stumbled across your page after googling hyperkeratosis. I have a starling named Buddy who has the same condition and was amazed by the progress your Siri made. I just wanted to pick your brain a little. How often did you bath Siri in the aloe vera bath? What was the ratio for water to aloe vera? How often did you put the gel on his legs? Are you still continuing with treatment now that he is better? I hope I’m not too much of a bother but I really need to make him better as the vets in my country refuse to treat him. Regards, Sarah
Hi! No problem; I’m glad to answer your questions!
While he still needed to shed the scales, I put aloe vera liquid in his bath at least once every day, about 1 part aloe to 10 parts water (the water in his bath bowl is about 3 cups, so I guess that makes it about a third of a cup of aloe per bath). I put the gel on his legs at least once every two days, sometimes more often.
Now that he’s shed all the big dry scales, I don’t do this every day, maybe a couple times a month.
Overgrown foot scales can come from a nutrient deficiency, usually a deficiency in vitamin A. Other things that can help a bird get enough vitamins: Making sure the bird gets enough sunlight (like keeping his cage by a window), and feeding a diet with the right amounts of fat and protein. Protein is needed in order to absorb vitamins, so if a bird isn’t getting enough protein, he can get vitamin deficiencies, even if he is eating plenty of the vitamins themselves.
I feed Siri the diet described on Starlingtalk.com: http://www.starlingtalk.com/diet.htm (the usual mix of dog kibble and chicken feed, using a dog food that has a high protein content and low fat content, with meat as the first ingredient.)
Hope that helps!
Thank you for taking the time to answer. I started treatment this morning and I know it’s going to be a long, slow process but I’m excited for the results. Thanks again!
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