Palm Cockatoo Nutrition Guide

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Photo Credit:  Doug Janson The following is from “Nutritional Requirements of Adult Palm Cockatoos” which is Chapter 6 of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association’s Palm Cockatoo Species Survival Plan (SSP) Husbandry Manual published in 1998.  This chapter was authored by Carla Marquardt from the Avicultural Breeding and Research Center (ABRC) and Kimberly Howard, Ph.D. from […]

Penguin Nutrition Guide

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Rockhopper Penguin | Photo Credit:  Wikimedia Commons by Ben Tubby The following Penguin Nutrition Guide is taken mostly from the AZA Nutrition Advisory Group’s Document “Penguins: Nutrition and Dietary Husbandry” by Sue Crissey, PhD, Kerri Slifka, MS and Patty McGill, PhD at the Conservation Biology and Research Center, Chicago Zoological Society at Brookfield Zoo. A […]

Emu Nutrition Guide

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Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons This Emu Nutrition Guide is meant for captive emus in the zoological setting, not commercial production farming where the emu is fed for optimal growth and production.  Some of the information below does come from published literature intended for production farming, but an attempt has been made to include relevant knowledge […]

Avian Toxicities

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Bald Eagle Lead Poisoning  |  Photo Credit: American Bird Conservancy   Birds are extremely prone to illness that can often be fatal due to exposure to or ingestion of toxic substances.  Many of these toxicities are not intuitive or obvious to the bird’s caretakers.  Below we’ve provided details of common toxicities in captive and wild […]

Crane Nutritional Disorders

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Photo Credit:  International Crane Foundation Crane Nutritional Disorders are often seen in chicks that are parent-reared or hand-reared.  Below we detail a number of issues that can arise and ways to potentially manage the chicks.  Always seek the advice of your veterinarian before initiating medical management of a sick crane chick or adult. Crane chicks […]

Crane Nutrition Guide

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  Cranes are omnivorous and some species rely heavily on aquatic foods (Walkinshaw 1973). Most cranes probe the subsurface with their bills and take foods from the soil surface or vegetation. Young chicks are fed by their parents and gradually become more independent in their feeding until they separate from the parents prior to the […]

Flamingo Hand-Rearing Diet

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Flamingos feed their young for up to six months of age with crop “milk”, originating from esophageal glands (Studer-Thiersch, 1975).  Both sexes of flamingo produce this feed for their chicks.  Hand-rearing flamingo chicks requires a diet that closely resembles the “milk” produced in the drop of adult flamingos.  Described here is a simple, practical diet […]

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