I've never had this one before a medically treated semi chronic egg laying hen has a metallic odor to her. It's her entire body and I've smelled her skin only as best I can by gently parting her chest feathers and she just has this metallic type odor of her all over. She laid only three eggs with the past two weeks and she's been with me for almost 4 years and is what I call a predictable layer and using environmental therapies I magange to keep her at 3 or 4 eggs each winter and each summer. She is soft food dosed with Nekton MSA about two weeks before she starts to lay as I watch behavior and can tell when a tiel hen is getting ready to lay and the Nekton MSA continues to be given daily until two weeks after the last egg is laid. This is all under the supervision of a superior avian veterinarian.
I put in a call to the AV voicemail and she will get back to me tomorrow. I noticed the metallic odor a few hours ago. It's only her and she is the only tiel on Nekton MSA right now. Nobody else has a metallic odor. The reasonable cause and effect to me is the Nekton MSA but I used this same bottle on other hens in the last two monts and none of them had this odor.
Has anyone ever had any parrot or any bird, finch etc with a metallic odor to them?
She is otherwise fine in all areas, eating, flapping wings, and is fine except she has the metallic odor. I'm stopping the Nekton as she's almost two weeks since last egg laid anyway.
I did years ago have one chronic egglayer I took in from an AV having been egg bound and the owner signed her over the AV and then the AV called me and I said I'll take her. This egg bound hen had a slight odor all over of distilled white vinegar very slight for about a week after I got her. The vet said sometimes lupron can cause a very slight, short term odor of vinegar in tiel hens and is nothing to worry about.
This hen now though has never had lupron, ever. All I can think of is the Nekton or maybe her hormones are just out of wack or something and I'll be taking her in to the AV tomorrow, weather permitting we are expecting 7 - 9 accumulation for tomorrow AM.
She just has this metalic odor to her. Has anyone ever had this in any bird, hen or male, tiel, Too, any parrot or softbill?
All I can think of it that it's either from the Nekton MSA or her hormones are out of whack or I I have no idea.
I've been doing internet searches to try to find out if calcium supplementation can cause an odor in parrots as the Nekton has calcium in addition to other things.
She was on Mibolerone drops for a few weeks last year when she laid 9 eggs despite her few years of not laying more than 3 -4 twice a year. The Mibolerone works great in a pinch to stop it but my current AV doesn't have the DEA certificate to prescribe it anymore and she is lupron resistant having laid deformed eggs on lupron from her former owner as lupron does wear off over time in some hens.
Has anyone here had any hen of any parrot or softbill on Mibolerone? I met one person at the vet school hospital and he had a U2 hen on it and said it gave her a weird odor on and off for months after it was stopped. I lost touch with him.
A metallic odor I know from having been through it can also be from renal failure or other things as I've had rescues with AV diagnosed renal failure having a metallic odor.
I'm in for a ride tomorrow and I'm praying the snow and wintery mix isn't bad. I just have a zillion scenarios going through my mind based on one tiel that had this same metallic odor a few years ago and chem panel showed renal failure. But I'm jumping ahead.
When I got this hen her first bloodwork had very highly elevated creatine and BUN but after only two months with me it was normal. Her prior owner who gave up on her when she went egg bound pumped her full of calcium year round and we all know that ongoing high dose calcium supps. can cause renal damage and renal failure. I only give supps when they need it to prevent renal damage with the calcium as directed by the AV.
They only thing I can find online about the Mibolerone is here http://nilesanimalhospital.com/files/2012/05/Controlling-Unwanted-Egg-Laying-in-Birds.pdf
and I'm not using 'Dr.Google' as she will, road condition permitting, be at the AV tomorrow. I'm just brainstorming as I am getting worried. My AV consulted with Dr. Sakas by phone in the past over this tiel and one other and I'm just trying to find anything about this mess she may be in again after doing so well for a few years.
Something is wrong and I'm just panicked as she won't go to the AV tomorrow if the roads are bad. They already cancelled schools for tomorrow.
I really hate bird breeders right now. I wish they could live with what I live with that they produced.