Heavy Metal Poisoning

HMP occurs when a parrot ingests a particle of heavy metal. Once ingested it begins to poison the parrot, affecting the kidneys, blood cells, intestines and nervous system. This makes the parrot very ill and can cause rapid death.

The following metals are lethal to our parrots:

HMP must always be taken very seriously. The smallest amount of metal will poison your parrot. Symptoms may onset quickly and if left untreated, death is almost assured.

The main symptoms of HMP are:

Never hesitate to seek veterinary assistance

If your bird starts exhibiting any of the above symptoms, take them to a vet immediately. It's not worth waiting to 'see how everything goes'. Many birds have died needlessly because their owner was hesitant to seek veterinary advice. I always advise owners to take their parrot to the vet even if they seem mildly unwell. Remember that parrots hide illness extremely well and by the time they begin exhibiting symptoms, they are usually very sick.

Playing it safe at home

We can help keep our kids heavy metal free by adding the following natural chelating agents to their diet: Note-the following foods are only to be used as a preventative measure only.

Cilantro (coriander or parsley) can be chopped finely and sprinkled over fruit and vegetables, mixed as a birdie pesto or even offered in a nice big bunch.

The Ultimate Guide to Eclectus Parrots

This is a short excerpt from our book 'The Ultimate Guide to Eclectus Parrots'. This chapter helps educate people on the dangers of heavy metal poisoning. It teaches owners how to recognize clinical symptoms and the steps to take if your Eclectus is suffering from HMP.

This chapter also includes information on:

  • Common heavy metals found around the home
  • Symptoms of heavy metal poisoning
  • Assisting your Eckie
  • Preparing for the vet
  • Assisting your vet
  • What to expect if your parrot has heavy metal poisoning
  • How to care for your Eckie post HMP
  • Keeping your Eckie safe in the home
  • Common unsafe parrot toys

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