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Hello Dr
I have Indian ring neck he is almost 3 years old and he is eating very less he is also loosing weight. he don't seems to be sick its just that he is too much into impressing others by talking alot. he try to give food from his stomach to everything or everyone he likes and already he z eating less. He is also not drinking much water.I have seen him only once drinking water in fast few days. Please help us.

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Mahreen Junaid

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May be your parrot is going through a hormonal phase and if so, such behavioral changes are possible.If not seek veterinary aid.
Adult birds tend to become hormonal once a year, especially when the amount of natural light is longer than the amount of darkness. Birds are photosensitive, meaning that are sensitive to light and its cycles. Some birds donít show much change when the seasons change, and others may become sullen, aggressive, unusually loud and territorial. Some may lay eggs even if there is no mate around, and some will set out to create a nest out of whatever it can find.

When your bird is behaving hormonally, itís important not to handle the bird in a way that can be confused as mating behavior. This includes petting down along the back and encouraging regurgitation behavior.

If your bird is in a hormonal phase, remove anything that can be viewed as a nest, including all huts and boxes. Donít encourage nest building. If you do, the only thing youíll have on your hands is an aggressive bird that is intent on defending its nest.

If the hormonal behavior is out of hand, e.g. your bird wonít allow you near his cage and/or bites you savagely, you can try to temper its hormones by limiting the amount of light he gets per day to less than 12 hours. Ten hours of light per day should help the hormones subside. In any case, once seasons change and the clocks change, your birdís hormonal behavior should begin to dissipate naturally.

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Large and Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Farm Management,Preventive medicine http://binduanand.webs.com/

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A Senior Veterinary Surgeon with more than 25 yearsí experience in the field of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry. Mixed animal Practice that will utilize my skills in medicine and surgery, public health, client relations, and developing relationships within the community, such as humane society

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Veterinary Consultant with Department of Animal Resources,Ministry of Environment,State of Qatar (Present). Animal Husbandry Department, Government of Kerala, India. Oakland's Park, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Severnside Veterinary Center, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Saud Bahwan Group, Sultanate of Oman. Trivandrum Regional Co-operative Milk Producers Union,Kerala,India.

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BVSc & AH (Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry) 1990. College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Mannuthy, Thrissur, Kerala, India under Kerala Agricultural University. Certificates Of Accomplishments- Equine Nutrition- University of Edinburgh Principles of Public Health-University of California, Irvine. AIDS- Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. General Environmental Health Ė EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Food Protection-EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Zoonoses:University of Minnesota-School of Public Health online. Food Safety:University of Minnesota-School of Public Health online. Occupational Safety and Health-EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Rabies Educator Certified -Global Alliance for Rabies Control. Animal Handler & Vaccinator Educator Certified -Global Alliance for Rabies Control. Wildlife Conservation-United for Wildlife

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