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Old 04-28-2020, 06:28 PM
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Re: Desperately seeking help with terrified QP!

My Sun Conure has a little bit of a foot problem also. Specifically, one non-working claw (rather than the whole foot like yours). When I got her she had real trouble balancing on perches, and couldn't do step ups. She was Willing to step up, but pretty much unable. She would scoot backwards & even slide around perch. So I had to figure out if she was Actually willing, and then sort of scoop her up. (If she wasn't willing, she would slide away more & resist more.)

Also she would fall off perch when sleeping.

I got her lots of rope perches and spiral rope perches.
I put platforms in her cage(s).

Also I got these perches for her:

Big difference here is that mine is a happy outgoing birdy. (This is apparently thanks in large part to my local Petco's Bird Whisperer who really works with the birds before they sell.)

However. Over the first few months I'd say her confidence increased a lot as we worked specifically on her balance issues. First I tried using Target Training... which I am no good at, but, getting a sense of the principles will help a Lot anyway even if you don't implement it Exactly.

The first "trick" I worked on with her (well, after "Touch," that is), was a simple "Two Feet," that is, to get her to stand & balance with both feet under her (instead of with one foot up grabbing something sideways for balance). After that we moved on to struggle with "Step Up," but around that time we discovered that she really loves Tropical Nutriberries. Loves them to the point that my un-balanced birdie will balance on one foot whilst holding Nutriberry in the other foot to eat. Huge Accomplishment for her! She normally drops them after a few bites. Nonetheless these treats are her Ongoing Physical Therapy.

Her one toe still does not work, but, after she began balancing for nutriberries, her step-ups improved right away. Most of a year later and she no longer falls off perches. You might not guess, at first glance, that she even had a balance problem.

Now your bird has different issue if the problem is whole foot instead of just one non-working claw&toe. So the specifics of how to help will be different.

But, my point is that it you may want to work with her creatively to help her improve her balance, and help find her creative ways to compensate. The better & more easily she can move around, the more confident & happier she can be.

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