1. Is there a cure, supplement, medicine or food; that will aid and cure "balding" of the throat and neck-area behind the bird's head? This is occurring with some of my roller females.
Big Bird: Although feather loss on the throat and neck maybe caused by a number of things such as aggression, mites or even fungus, hormonal imbalance or nutrition; the most likely cause is malnutrition as seed diets are deficient in a number of critical nutrients.
The first line of treatment should begin with a good multi-vitamin such as Biodecken or Orlux Omi-vit (probably not available currently in the US) and balanced food such as Biodecken Novafood. I would also get the Biodecken Immune support and make a cocktail of using both products together and give this daily for at least a week and then three times a week. I would feed them the novafood daily. Biodecken is available from Ricardo Sanchez 214 998-7474 or firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Peter writes: "My feed store has Calcium Borogluconate 23 % (sterile injection for treatment of milk fever in cattle) is that the same or comparable to the one you are talking about"?
Big Bird: Compare the ingredient labels. My Calcium Gluconate 23%, manufactured for Agri Laboratories St. Joseph, MO, lists each 100 ml contains: active ingredient Calcium gluconate (provides 2.14 grams calcium) ..... 23 grams and water for injection and inactive ingredients boric acid (as a solubilizing agent) 3.5 grams and electrolytes per 1000 ml: calcium 1069 mEq: Hypertonic osmolarity (calc.) 6.782 mOsmol/l pH 2.5-4.5. It also is sold as a sterile injection for treatment of milk fever in cattle. Perhaps the name reflects the boric acid which it contains but compare the labels carefully. I have used liquid calcium gluconate on the birds for many years, originally I could buy it over the counter as it was a treatment for calcium deficiency in children. That product is no longer available over the counter.