28 year old Blue Crowned Conure questions

KenU

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Hello everyone,

I would like to ask a few questions about my senior, blue crowned conure, Max. We've had him since he was a baby. Lately, he's been perching in a puffed up manner and frequently the back end of his body shakes, quivers. We keep the room he's in quite warm so it doesn't seem to be that he's chilly. What could that be from?
His behavior is pretty normal, chirps etc. Let's the head petting etc.
We just had his beak and nails done and unfortunately they cut his nails too short so he's been falling from his cage when going to his dishes of water and food. Not all the time but frequently. I'm mad at my myself for doing this now but his nails were wayyy too long but he was used to climbing and hanging all over his cage. Now, he's pretty much staying put most of the time going to his dishes not so often now. Hoping that his nails grow quickly. He pulls himself up pretty well off the bottom of the cage but still, I'm upset how short they cut his nails.
I was told to get a corner thing for him to sit on and maybe other things but my wife says those things will freak him out and he won't go to them since he's been in this same cage forever.
What do you think the shaking is from and any suggestions regarding getting him to his food and water more easily until his nails grow back? Thanks in advance! Ken
 

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Hopefully, a better picture
 

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By the way, the shaking etc was occurring before he had his beak and nails done.
 

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Has he seen a vet? At his age anytime heโ€™s acting abnormal Iโ€™d bring him into a vet ASAP. Make sure itโ€™s an avian certified one and not a cat or dog vet:

 
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Yes, thank you. I should've mentioned that. Interestingly, the vet saw no issues with him.
 

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Thatโ€™s great! Iโ€™m assuming they did blood work and/or a culture? Iโ€™m not sure what the issue could be. I agree flat perches can help sometimes especially if their feet problems are arthritis, but I also know our old, arthritic parrot wonโ€™t use them either, haha.

You could try moving the perches so that he has an easier time getting to his food and water, or - since heโ€™s having problems with falling - creating an โ€œartificial floorโ€ by putting cardboard or something and attaching it higher than the grate so that if he falls he doesnโ€™t fall as far. You can cover the cardboard in washable towels or paper so itโ€™s easy to keep clean.
 
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Thank you for those excellent suggestions!
 

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Not a problem! Our old guy has fallen a couple times here and there so Iโ€™ve had to keep an eye on it. If he ever gets bad enough that I think he could hurt himself Iโ€™ll probably be modifying his cage too.
 

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