8 week blue and gold. Eating weird

by Jordan
(Puerto rico)

My blue and gold Sephira is doing a weird "yawning" thing when I syringe feed her. She won't finish her entire meal because she does that in between ounces and she falls asleep directly after.
She is supposed to eat 4 oz of formula 3x a day. It's at 104' and the room temp stays a a toasty 89'.
Why is she doing this all of the sudden? I have a video of it but I don't know if I can load videos.
Has anyone had an issue like this?
Should I take her to the vet? She plays still and sometimes finishes all her meal. What to do???

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Sep 20, 2011
Thank you
by: Anonymous

Hi Linda,
Thank you for the reply. I did stop the heat it's now at 76 and nice. The avian specialist here gave me a lesson on crop needle feeding and gave me one. She is doing great with that. She is climbing to the top of her enclosure and back down. I've since ordered another crop needle to keep sanitary. The vet also found that her esophagus is on the opposite side of where it should be. It's rare but it happens. All in all she's great.
However, I did forget to ask him when and if they need vaccines. If you know, please let me know.
Many thanks

Editor's note: Talk to you avian vet, ours suggests once a year.

Sep 17, 2011
8 week blue and gold. Eating weird
by: Linda

Your bird does not need to be kept at 89 degrees if she has her feathers in. She will die from the heat if you do not lower it so she can breathe easily. Now this is if she has most of her feathers, and at this age, she should have feathers in and can be kept at regular room temperature of about 75-76. Make sure she stays out of drafts and this includes putting her in front of an open window with another window open across from it or on a porch with air coming through from both ends. A draft is a draft. Better to keep her inside right now.

As for feeding, once you make some adjustments to heat inside here is what you need to be feeding her:

Use a 60cc/ml syringe and feed two of those 3-4 times a day. I think you may be trying to feed her way too much, and along with the heat, this will kill her.

I also recommend she be taken to an Avian Vet, not a regular dog and cat vet, but an Avian Vet. If you need help with finding one, the breeder you got bird from can probably help you with that. Bacterial infections in baby birds is common, plus you need to get a weight on her to see if she's at the correct weight for her age.

So, she may be suffering from the heat,and the yawning is actually gasping for breath or she is having a problem swallowing.

Get her to an Avian Vet as quickly as you can because I feel she may have an infection which is causing this yawning. Of course, the heat is contributing to it. Once a baby's feathers are in, there is no more need for additional heat unless they are sick and then it's no more than 85 degrees F and normally less than that.

Let us know what Avian Vet has to say, and take her only to an Avian Vet as dog and cat vets are not licensed or trained in the care of birds and can and will kill them.

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