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Old 04-06-2017, 10:05 PM
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Hi. We took Kimchee to the vet today and they don't know what's wrong. They think it could be lead poisoning. Here are the symptoms: vomiting, watery stool, tired, lack of appetite. If it is lead poisoning, do you think she can recover? They are running tests now and she is sleeping at the vet.
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Old 04-06-2017, 10:17 PM
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Birds certainly can and do recover from lead poisoning. How was she acting when you got her to the vet?
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She was very sleepy. If we took her out she would run around and play. While at the vet she slept on my shoulder.
 
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So she was responsive when you interacted with her? Was she strong enough to perch? Was she eating at all?
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Yeah she was definitely responsive. When I came home she chirped a little and played with her toys. The vet just called and said she ate for 15 minutes. He said the test came back negative for heavy metal but if the lead was in paint that she ate the test wouldn't read it.
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Those are all really good signs. Have they done bloodwork on her?

My vet (who is very experienced) once told me that about 80% of the time when a bird is vomiting, they recover without anybody ever figuring out exactly what happened.
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Does she have access to very old paint? Meaning produced before 1978. Paint produced since then is generally expected to be safe. Just keep an eye out for anything she might be nibbling on that's not appropriate.

There's some very preliminary evidence indicating that cilantro (coriander leaf) might help chelate heavy metals in the body. http://europepmc.org/abstract/MED/86...K5QqsGeIgkpc.8

So you might want to add a little to the diet. There's no guarantee that it will actually do anything, but in any case it's a nice green vegetable that my cockatiels enjoy eating. Moderation in all things of course, so don't go crazy with it.
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They did blood work but they have to send it to the lab tomorrow. Her cage was my great grandmothers. It doesn't look too old. She died a year ago and her birds lived without sickness from what I know.
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Her cage was my great grandmothers. It doesn't look too old.
Is there any rust on it? It might not look old, but it is pretty old if it belonged to your great grandmother.
If it is in good condition you might even be able to sell it to an antique shop for a good price and then buy a new, safe cage for your birds and even keep some money...
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it is pretty old if it belonged to your great grandmother.
It depends on when great grandma bought it lol. If she got it in 2014 then it's not so old!
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