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I have a parakeet named Jade. He is the sweetest bird! Last month we almost lost him to a thyroid condition. His thyroid became so enlarged that he had difficulty breathing and swallowing. He was listless, wobbly, shivering, and ruffled. He kept acting like he was trying to clear something from his throat. We were very concerned, and did not want this fabulous little guy to die, so I took him to an avian vet. I learned there that birds that eat strictly a seed diet need an iodine supplement. If they don’t get enough iodine, the thyroid becomes enlarged within a year of their 3rd birthday, and they will die! We started him on an iodine supplement, which I had to feed him with a syringe several times a day. It took 2 weeks for him to get back to normal. He is now completely better! Avian vets rock!