17 year old half-moon conure feet are weak

by Rita
(Ohio)

My 17 year old half-moon conure is having trouble gripping his toes tightly. Almost like arthritis is setting in. What can I do to help this situation? He still perches but when I pick him up with my finger,he doesn't wrap his toes around me anymore and some are just kinda there.

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Oct 18, 2010
17 year old half-moon conure feet are weak
by: Linda

The other thing to consider is the perches he has in his cage or on outside perch. You must use natural, safe wood branches with the varying diameters which ease bird's feet and legs. The wooden dowels actually give birds arthritis, and the older they get, the worse it gets.

You can find these perches with hardware already installed in many pet stores and on the internet.Measure inside to get the correct length because the hardware takes up some space. Manzanita is good and holds up well. Be sure to sand down any sharp points before putting into cage. Make sure basic diameter is right for your size bird. If you find large cracks, you can take perches outside, fill cracks with two part epoxy and allow to cure outside. Never use glues inside house because of fumes. The two-part epoxy is safe once it is dried and gassed out which takes up to a week. Also throw away any concrete, pumice or sand perches because these are way too hard and rough on a bird's feet. Yes, I know they sell them for birds, and you have to use good judgement when buying anything for birds as those are bad for them. One of my Amazons lost two toes because of a pumice perch drying out his feet too much. They will sell any and everything, so always err on side of caution.

Thanks for writing,
Linda

Oct 18, 2010
Conure not gripping perch
by: Tracie

You need to make an appointment today for your bird to see an avian vet. Only an in person visit will allow a vet to determine what is causing this problem.

I fear that your bird may fall from a perch and get injured or die if you do not take care of this right away. If you need to find an avian vet, you can look on our Find an Avian Vet page.

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