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Bruce Byfield <email address not displayed>
Bruce Byfield wrote on the Nanday Conure Forum message board: > Anna and Boo wrote: > > But see, in this case you can't say diet alone is responsible. > > Jabberwock was raised in your home (not much sun) then flew wild > > (lots of sun) then got caught and went back home (not much sun). > > Since both sun exposure and diet had changed, you really can't say > > for certain which factor caused the change in the eye ring color... > > > True. However, I think I can rule out mal-nourishment from > Jabberwock's example. Contrary to our expectations, a vet examination > showed that he wasn't badly or under nourished in the wild. So far as > we can determine, he was in the wild from late spring to late summer, > when food would be relatively plentiful. Moreover, from the noises he > made, he seems to have sheltered with pigeons, so he would probably > know what to eat. > > Of course, it is still possible that some essential vitamins were > absent from his diet in the wild. > > > > I am very curious about this, so forgive me, it's the scientist in > me > > talking... > > Not at all. I'm curious myself about the answers. > > One more piece of information: Our bird's diet includes spinach and > broccoli. > We added these to forestall premature conure bleeding syndrone, which > they seem to have done. A quick web search reminds me that spinach > contains vitamin E, folic acid, vitamin K, magnesium, and magnanese, > and is high in protein. Broccoli contains vitamin C, folic acid, > potassium, and beta-carotene. > > Since relatively few birds are fed as much spinach and broccoli as > ours, and all ours have had white eye-rings within a few months of > accepting this diet, I wonder if one of these elements could be > involved. > > My own guess is that it's not an either-or situation. It's probably > not a single element, but all round health that determines eye-ring > color, which would likely include both a balanced diet and sunlight.
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