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Old 06-26-2012, 03:29 PM
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Scroll down there is a short mention of wingflipping
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Thanks for the tips everyone. Again since we live in a 1 bedroom apartment, it's hard not to make any noise when we leave, but we will definitely get a cover for the cage. I don't have the option of letting anyone in at 9 to wake her up.

She definitely has been eating more of the pellets but I'll be home by 510 and add plenty of the mix food. We are also making an appointment for the avian vet. I definitely don't think she is seriously ill at this point. She still acts as she did before, just this quick flap/chirp is new, and only after we started feeding her the organic pellets.
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Well as soon as I got home, I put the normal food in and she swarmed right to it. She didn't make a peep for about 10-15 minutes. She did still have the slight wing twitch as she ate. I brought her to the water bowl and she gulped it down about 5-6 times. Then I brought her into the shower (her favorite) and now she is drying off. It's been about 10-15 minutes and she hasn't made the weird chirp or twitched a wing. She's back to her normal "ribbit" frog sound and enjoying herself.

From that link posted I wonder if she is starting to lack calcium. She does not get into the sunlight at all, and even if I could position her properly, she would not get the sun until the afternoon (our windows face north-northwest)

What kind of light do you suggest I purchase for her? Only 30 mins of light is suggested per day?
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Birds need UVA/UVB light for a min of 6 hours a day. You need to order a UVA/UVB bulb to have on every day.
She was doing that chirp because she was hungry, and now that she has a food that she actually considers food, she is no longer hungry.
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Old 06-26-2012, 08:58 PM
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Re: What's wrong with my Lucy?

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Well as soon as I got home, I put the normal food in and she swarmed right to it. She didn't make a peep for about 10-15 minutes. She did still have the slight wing twitch as she ate. I brought her to the water bowl and she gulped it down about 5-6 times. Then I brought her into the shower (her favorite) and now she is drying off. It's been about 10-15 minutes and she hasn't made the weird chirp or twitched a wing. She's back to her normal "ribbit" frog sound and enjoying herself.

From that link posted I wonder if she is starting to lack calcium. She does not get into the sunlight at all, and even if I could position her properly, she would not get the sun until the afternoon (our windows face north-northwest)

What kind of light do you suggest I purchase for her? Only 30 mins of light is suggested per day?
Heya, Glad she seems better!
I wathed your video of Lucy and it looks exactly like wing flipping to me. It common in eclectus - mine got it when i put him on a pelleted diet. I can occur in other birds though - especially with fortified nutrient enrched pellets. It causes involuntary flipping or tapping. If you still want her on a pelleted diet I hear harrisons is quite good but even that was too much for my eccie - bearing in mind that eccies have a longer digestive tract than conures so are more sensitive.

Just introduce them gradually - you can always combine them with her normal fresh food and a bit of seed too. I dont believe in 'all pellet' diets - fresh foods, veges, fruit, nuts for treats etc etc are v important! Take her to the vet for peace of mind, and then just use trial and errror till you find a system that works for you. I think as long as she is getting plenty of nutrients from a balanced diet, and is happy, alert and healthy, then she will be fine and you wont have to religiously stick to just pellets.

really happy she is feeling better! p.s. she is gorgeous!

p.p.s remember to mention the excessive water drinking to the vet
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