African Grey acting strange since fall

by Cathy

About 2 days ago my African Gray fell off the top of his cage and shrieked like I've never heard before. He has fallen off before but this sounded bad. So I rushed him to the vet but she gave him the all-clear saying he probably just got a fright.

He got a shot, his nails & beak filed and his one wing clipped, which was due. He has not been the same since. He doesn't walk about as much and although there is still some of the same vocal sounds, he mainly stays on or inside his cage, doesn't come to me and shakes his head more than I use to notice. I am going to take him to the vet tomorrow.

My girlfriend says I am being paranoid and all is fine. Could it be worse? I am a bit paranoid that I am being a bad mom and worried he may have some sort of brain damage!

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Sep 11, 2012
by: Anonymous

Sorry about your baby falling, i had never heard birds falling like that unless he/she misplaced a step. Not sure how I would react. time will tell he/she may be feeling better soon. its just been 2 days. All will turn out fine. chin-up. Wish I could be more of help.

Sep 10, 2012
African Grey acting strange since fall
by: Linda

Take your bird to AN AVIAN VET ONLY. They are the only vets licensed and trained to treat birds. Have vet take some xrays and see if anything is broken or cracked.

Next, never have one wing clipped because this makes a bird off balance, and when they fall, they can kill themselves. I don't know who told you to do this, but it is inhumane, cruel and incorrect. Birds wings only need the 4-6 primary flight feathers clipped on both wings, and these are the long ones at the ends of each wing. To cut up any higher causes chronic pain and will cause bird to fall like a rock instead of glide down. If your bird is still breathing after this fall, count yourself lucky and take care of him right away.

Please get this bird to an avian vet immediately because he has been hurt and is in need of a comprehensive exam by an Avian Vet ONLY. Have the avian vet clip the other wing so bird is balanced again. Keep bird off of tall places to keep this from happening again.


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