HELPING ADULT BREEDERS TO PREVENT STAR GAZZER CHICKS

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  1. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    star gazzer chicks

    It can be inherited and denotes your protein and vitamins and minerals are not high enough in the parent birds
    If your feeding a lot of corn quit that and get them on at least 16% layer commercial feed

    FOR ADULT BREEDERS
    also give them some pigeon mineralized grit in a feeder by its self

    that will boost the minerals and also do this for breeders
    1/2 gallon of wheat
    1/4 cup of wheat germ oil pure not blended

    mix good and let stand overnight
    mix and feed 3 tbsp per adult chicken for Vit E

    also do this
    1/2 gallon of wheat
    1/4 cup of cod lver oil vit A & D
    mix and feed a different day than the wheat germ oil

    the two oils out do each other when blended
    so give it on different days

    do this for remainder of haatching time
    this gives them the needed vitamins

    THE CHICK NEEDS VIT E AND B COMPLEX
    The chick can be given vit E
    by getting the vit E oil capsules for humans
    and each day for a week cut the capsule and open the chicks beak and push the oil out of the capsule in to the mouth of chick
    this should help

    The chick needs Vit B
    so give some Vit B crushed up and put in spoon of water
    then take eye dropper and put down chiks beak

    this is good information on the problem

    STARGAZZER BIRDS

    Star Gazer. This star-gazing lovebird hatched a "stargazer." This was the only stargazing chick ever hatched in this family. ...
    www.avianweb.com/stargazing.htm
    Stargazing / Twirling
    Index of Bird Diseases .. Symptoms & Potential Causes ... Bird Species & Diseases They are Most Susceptible to ... Bird Health Care


    Although Stargazing (Twirling) appears most frequently in finches, my own lovebird also was born with this disease.


    This star-gazing lovebird hatched a "stargazer." This was the only stargazing chick ever hatched in this family.

    This condition was at its worse when it was little. Over the next couple of years, the condition corrected itself. The photo above shows him markedly improved at about 1 year's old. By the time the lovebird was 2 years old, it was hardly noticeable.

    The twisting of his head may have been caused by the positioning in the egg. Owner: Sibylle - [email protected]

    Symptoms:

    "Stargazers" constantly throw their head back, sleep with their heads between their legs; go around in a circle; look at the ceiling, turn their heads around in a circle and look up.

    Stargazing can strike at random and without warning or past history of problems.

    Finches are particularly susceptible - although other species have been diagnosed with it.

    Progression:

    In some birds, the condition may correct itself over time or may be corrected given certain condition ...:
    ... if it was caused by poor positioning inside the egg / poor egg condition (may only be a consideration if a bird was born with this condition)
    ... condition may be reversed is if the root cause is malnutrition and it is corrected
    ...resolution might be achieved through successfully treatment protocol (antibiotic treatments, etc.).
    If this condition is left uncorrected, the following progression) can be expected:

    Inability to fly.
    Loss of balance/equilibrium. Falls off the perch.
    Difficulty moving around in cage
    Can't find food or water - resulting in starvation
    The end result of stargazing is almost always death.


    What Cause Stargazing / Twirling?

    A definite cause has not been identified as of yet; however, the following are suspected:

    Egg positioning (?)
    Viral / bacterial or yeast infection
    Chemical imbalance
    Vitamin and/or mineral (nutritional) deficiency; Vitamin D deficiency (lack of natural sunlight exposure). Too much calcium can result in a ‘drunken bird' look
    Genetic predisposition
    Inner-ear problem

    TREATMENT IS
    Treatment for Stargazing

    The following treatments have been reported as being fairly effective:

    Nystatin
    Trimethoprim Sulfa
    Vitamin B 12 to strengthen the nervous system
    Enhanced nutrition to correct any nutritional deficiencies
    ALSO DO THIS
    They recommend Brewers yeast tablets
    PUT THEM IN THE FEED FOR ALL THE CHICKS TO PREVENT STARGAZZING
    This next article is very good
    from

    Star Gazer. This star-gazing lovebird hatched a "stargazer." This was the only stargazing chick ever hatched in this family. ...
    www.avianweb.com/stargazing.htm


    Prevention of Stargazing

    The following steps will be an important step in not only preventing this disease, but others too.

    Prevent birds which carry the genetic predisposition for this disease from breeding so that they cannot pass this condition on to their offspring
    Provide the best nutrition possible.
    Provide uncontaminated water and clean air
    Keep your bird's environment clean
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

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