In our vet visit back in the beginning of the year, the vet pointed out to me that Sammy's preen gland was swollen. He told me to
-increase showers (I admit I wasn't good about regular bathing because he HATES it but I give him a bath once a week by taking him in the shower with me).
-gently massage the gland (which I do whenever we're snuggling)
-inrease vitamin A intake.
Now I understand that birds with vit. A deficiency tend to be the ones who live on a mostly seed diet. But with Sammy, this has not been the case. His diet, from the time we brought him home, has consisted mainly of fresh vegetables and fruits.
According to the chart at http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=15&cat=1835&articleid=2054
, the following foods are high in vit. A:
Broccoli leaves and flowerettes
Oh my god ya'll, I don't get it because most of the foods on this list are in his bowl regularly and he eats them regularly.
Things like squash, collards, peaches, mangoes, carrots, broccoli, nectarines, mango... have ALWAYS been staples in his diet.
I've been following the vet's instructions and his hasn't unclogged or gone back to normal and its been almost 6 months now.
I intend to take him to our new vet and do another full workup as we did in January, but I wanted to know from any of you if you have any experience with this or have any suggestions.