So, the only problem besides the one case of frounce, has been this Talon issue...
basically, from what ive gathered, talking with many falconers in my area, is that its a vitamin D deficiency.
The issue at hand, is the white right at the base of the talons. its mostly just on her #1's on both feet (i believe that talon is the #1?) It used to be on the others but its been clearing up.
Ive been giving her vitahawk to help treat it, and giving her lots and lots of the sun (when there is sun, Welcome to WA state guys... land of rain, and snow in late april!). What a few of us are suspecting, is this deficiency happens during hunting season, and finally shows its self up when the birds are really growing in talons during the moult. Ive moved Kit back into my room, so i can continually spray her talons down, and get the outer layer to slough off and that also seems to help a bit (and if anything it does make her talons sharper)
Sounds like you are doing everything correctly. I would do the same except change from Vitahawk to Nekton Bio made in Germany. Annaliese gets a sprinkle of Nekton Bio every 8-10 days, and I spray her feet down with a water bottle daily. Her talons are sharp as razors. I can not wait until she can test them out on some jacks. Good luck and please keep us posted.
Ikcus just currious as to why you sugest Nekton Bio to vitahawk? what are the differences? weve always used vitahawk at the rehab facility i work at but it would be good to learn about other things and who knows it could be better.
The reason I suggest Nekton Bio to Vitahawk is due to my vet's recommendation. I feel very lucky to have Dr. Joseph as my vet. She is known as one of the better raptor vets for miles around my location. She and her husband Andy(falconer) are very dedicated to the rehab of raptors. Ask raptrlvr, as he has flown many of the eagles that come in to Dr. Joseph's clinic. According to Dr. Joseph, the Nekton Bio is the best for feather growth through the moult. Myself and almost all of the falconers in my area use Nekton Bio for the moult.