16 wk old baby patagonian conure sleeps a lot

by simon
(west sussex england)

hi there i have just adopted a 16 wk old patty (cookie) and she sleeps a lot and is very clumsy is this normal baby behavior? i have 4 other fids, a 13 yr old Congo grey(clipper) a 3 yr old green cheek conure(inky) a 15 yr old meyers(quinny) and a 20 yr old maxi pionus (max).so i'm used to fids that are all adult as i have rehomed all but the new patty. She is very sweet and will cuddle on your chest but does not seem too good at balancing etc? Is she perhaps not 16 weeks but a bit younger? by the way the gentleman who we got her from had many outside aviary's with amazons, cockatoo's cag's and of course cookie's mummy and daddy who all seemed very healthy.am i just expecting too much too soon?

many thanks.

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Oct 16, 2012
16 wk old baby patagonian conure sleeps a lot
by: Linda

I hate to have to point this out, but never bring a new bird directly into home with your other birds unless it has been examined and declared free from infections.

It sounds as if this baby is sick because he is old enough to be completely weaned. Please take him to an Avian Vet ONLY right away because if he has an infection, he will not get over it. I hope he tests clear for infections. Have Avian Vet do a throat swab to check for bacterial infection as the anal swab is unreliable. Have bloodwork done to see if he has a viral infection.

If he shows positive for infection, your other birds will need to be watched carefully and taken into avian vet if you see any signs of infection. These signs are lethargic, slow and clumsy, not much appetite and sometimes runny stool or discolored stool. These infections are HIGHLY contageous, so I wish you the best here. Do not delay getting this new bird to avian vet because your other bird's lives may depend on it. We always recommend new birds be examined before coming home unless breeder has a recent health certificate. Even then, the stress of moving around can cause immune system to fail and an infection can be brought in.

Let us know what avian vet has to say and have your bird weighed to make sure he's at the right weight.


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