Sophie explains why Parrots need Vitamin A.
Vitamin A is a fat soluble micronutrient which plays a vital role in keeping your bird healthy. Including Vitamin A in your Parrot’s diet is essential for many bodily functions, these include:
- Building and repairing tissue
- Eye health
- Immune system support
- Skin and bone health
- Respiratory health
A diet lacking in Vitamin A can lead to infections and illness, especially respiratory infections, Vitamin A helps cells to secrete mucus which removes bacteria and other pathogens from the body. When a bird is deficient in Vitamin A, the cells are unable to secrete this mucus.
Signs and symptoms of a Vitamin A deficiency include: nasal discharge, weight loss, eye swelling or discharge, decreased appetite, a blocked preen gland and respiratory distress. This is not an exhaustive list; if you suspect that your bird is ill, take them to see an avian vet as soon as possible.
Some good sources of Vitamin A for Parrots include:
Feeding your bird a healthy, balanced diet can help them to stay happy and healthy. You can use kabob skewers or foraging toys to provide fruits and vegetables high in Vitamin A to your bird. It can take some time to encourage your bird to eat fresh foods – the key to doing this is patience, persistence, and offering the same foods in different ways!