Calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D3 are required for bone quality. Deficient chicks develop rubbery bones that cannot support their body weight. In severe cases, the chicks are unable to walk and die of suffocation as their bones cannot support the muscle movements required for breathing.
Recipe for Birds Suspected with Rickets
Amounts are give to support 1 bird…adjust for need. Give once a day for three days or until bird is acting better. Three weeks is is best.
1/2-1 cooked egg yolk crumbled into mixture.
1 tsp. honey…for energy.
2 tblsp. yogurt….for calcium and also to make the intestine go back into normal production.
2-4 tblsp rolled oats…substance to the feed and is easily digested, putting less stress on the birds system.
A few grains of multi vitamin poweder if it is not already in their drinking water, do not overdose. A large pinch or tsp. will overdose and make a sick bird, sicker.
2 tblsp. of grated apple…it must be grated for easier digestion. Apples are really good for sick birds.
Mix the crumble so it is not runny. You might need to encourage the bird to eat.
Start feeding your birds this first thing in the mornings and have her ordinary feed and water available at all times. If it is not all eaten within 12 hrs. trash it and make more the next morning. Do NOT add to it. Keep their dishes clean before each feed.
The bird will be lacking in protein due to sickness. They leach all their own proteins from their system. By adding a dessertspoon of cat food, beef (NOT dog food). This is helpful to the recovery.
Always have fresh, clean water available at all time.
I have had this recipe for years and keep it in my own kitchen cookbook. Thankfully, I have had to only use this once and had success.
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