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Old 08-09-2018, 03:58 PM
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Im posting this for my boyfriend who is on the other side of the world right now. He has a bird that is about 10 years old. it falls off its perch and runs around its cage frantically with its head on the ground. he tweets constantly and screams. there are no emergency vets near that are open as it is very late there. Any suggestions please.
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I have a video of him I could show. Although it is very sad to see.
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Re: Please Please help

This situation sounds very concerning and abnormal behavior. However without medical care from a vet there is not much we can do. We are not veterinarians.

The best we can do is get an idea of what may be happening.

- What is his diet?

- How long has he been exhibiting these symptoms?

- Did he only fall off the perch once, or has he done this multiple times?

- Can he lift up his head at all, or is it just limp under him?

- When was his last vet visit?


If you could answer these questions, we can get a better idea of what may be going on. But nothing will be better than medical care from a Certified Avian vet. Where is your boyfriend located in the world?

I hope the little bird is okay. Posting a video would help A LOT!
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Re: Please Please help

What kind of bird is it? If it' a budgie/parakeet, some don't live to be 10. I had a cockatiel once that exhibited that kind of behavior for a couple weeks, but perked up and lived for years afterwards. I put her under a heat lamp before I knew anything about birds. Anyway, it seemed to work.
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Quote: Originally Posted by itzjbean View Post
This situation sounds very concerning and abnormal behavior. However without medical care from a vet there is not much we can do. We are not veterinarians.

The best we can do is get an idea of what may be happening.

- What is his diet?

- How long has he been exhibiting these symptoms?

- Did he only fall off the perch once, or has he done this multiple times?

- Can he lift up his head at all, or is it just limp under him?

- When was his last vet visit?


If you could answer these questions, we can get a better idea of what may be going on. But nothing will be better than medical care from a Certified Avian vet. Where is your boyfriend located in the world?

I hope the little bird is okay. Posting a video would help A LOT!

His diet is bird seeds for budgies. His head is basically limp only moving it left and right. He has fallen off multiple times his last vet visit was two months ago to shave down his beak. My Boyfriends family is caring for him for a sick old man who basically mistreated the poor bird. He just began exhibiting these symptoms about three hours ago. My boyfriend is currently in Germany.
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hope this video works
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Re: Please Please help

I am sorry, but this sounds very serious.
I guess I would try to bundle him up to keep him warm and keep him from moving around too much.
get him help ASAP.

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Re: Please Please help

The video is not showing. You can post on Youtube and link the url here?

Move him to a smaller carrier, pad the bottom with towels to prevent further injury/ concussion. Make sure water and seed is accessible. Water not too deep to prevent drowning. Is he able to see? If he is tame, can you handle him, let him rest on you while you get him to drink / eat? Make sure he's nourishing himself.

Please contact an avian vet so he can be looked at. Sending you good vibes. Thanks for caring for him.
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Re: Please Please help

Welcome, I am sorry you have joined under these circumstances.

The video is heartbreaking and clearly shows your bird in distress. Impossible to diagnose without a skilled avian vet. You mention there are no emergency vets; can you locate a certified (or equivalent) avian vet for tomorrow morning? If you locate one and know what time they open, best procedure is to call and state the case is emergency. I would be waiting at the door as most practices will immediately triage and evaluate for treatment. Meanwhile, keep him in a secure cage at a comfortable temperature.

Good luck, please let us know how things are going when you have the chance.

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