african grey falling off perch.

by ron garcia
(colorado springs CO)

My african grey occasionally falls off her perch. She is about 22yrs old. i took her to the vet, they gave her a physical and blood test. they said, she was fine other than her calcium was low. probably due to not enough sunlight. so i have been giving her calcium suppliments(liquid). this worked OK.

I just ordered a Vita-Lite 20 watt Full Spectrum Bulb, i hope this works. Also, i placed a oven rack 3" below her perch so she does not knock her self out when she falls(which she has done) this seems to work pretty good. Am i missing something or is this normal?

tks Ron

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Nov 05, 2017
Amazon fell off perch or night frights
by: Kath

My Amazon is 37 years old. How can you tell if a bird had a night fright, or if she fell of perch for another reason? Recently I took her to the vet as her feet were turning grey. Vet did some blood work and took her blood pressure. Turns out she has high blood pressure. So, she's been on blood pressure medicine for about a month. About a half hour ago, I was awakened by noise from her cage..clanging and thrashing. She always sleeps on her top perch, but I found her on the bottom perch. I picked her up and took her out of the cage. Her grip wasn't very strong and she fluttered off my hand to the floor. I now have her in her smaller travel cage in my bedroom. How can I determine if this incident was caused by night fright or by her blood pressure medicine? I'm thinking about having her sleep in the travel cage in my bedroom from now on. If she falls, it won't be a big fall. Any suggestions?

Sep 30, 2017
African grey falling off perch
by: Anonymous

My Grey started falling off her perch. It was due to calcium deficiency. I bought a good sunlight from a pet suppliers. Plus calcium drops to put in her water. They need four hours of sunlight-direct daylight. Either put it's cage out, if possible for four hours daily. Or buy a lamp. Saves on Vet fees and trauma to your parrot.

Jul 09, 2017
Response to D Layal
by: Raine

Hi D Layal,
My Grey will be 26 soon. Had him since he was a baby. When he was 10 he began falling- clenched claws . I took him to an excellent Avian vet, which I still do, it was a severe calcium deficiency. Now, this past March 2017, at 25, he fell one night. Claws clenched. Next day I took him to his vet. She took blood, and X-rays. She said he had some hardening of the arteries in his legs. She gave me a blood vessel thinner he takes twice a day. But he fell again in April, May and last night. Both claws clenched and vocalizing. I picked him up. I thought he was dying. I held him for about 15 minutes. He is fine today but I live in absolute terror for him. He is on Scenic pellets, carrots, bananas, veggies but always eats more pellets. I do put in Nekton MSA and vitamin B complex. I'm so afraid of losing him. I don't know what else to do.

May 05, 2017
My Grey is Falling Too
by: D Layel

My 31 yr old started falling during the night about 6 weeks ago. Today he took a turn for the worst. I put a small box like a nest in the upper corner and he has been staying in it. He comes to the side for me to rub his head. tonight when i reached to rub his head he lost his balance and fell out of the box. He flapped around in the bottom of the cage and then climbed a little ways up the side. I took his box down and put it in the bottom. I looked at his face, his eyes were shut, closing back and forth. His body went limp and he was hanging from the side by his feet. I reached in to put him on the bottom. He went crazy screaming at me. I let go and laid him in the corner. I sat down beside of him and he went totally unconscious, I could see him breathing. After about 30 min. he woke up.I don't know what to do???

Editor's note: You need to get your bird to an avian vet.

Mar 03, 2017
please help me to cure hus right feet
by: Anonymous

my green parrot has fallen from 4 feet height and he dont allow his right feet to touch the ground . what can i do to cure his feet.?

Dec 25, 2016
Healthy tips for my grey
by: Smitha

My cherry grey parrot is 8 months old. He eats very less. He had a fall from his play stand and hurt his right leg. We had taken him to a vet they had xray done and gave him a vitamin and calcium supplement. He is less active and eat very less food. Iam concerned abt his health. Please suggest.

Dec 08, 2016
African grey falling
by: Ed

My grey just started falling from his perch last night and this morning. I have had him 35 yrs and have never had any problems with him falling except for earthquakes causing him to freak out. He has never had to see a vet for anything. He seemed disoriented when I got him off of the bottom of the cage and I had to extend his right foot open to get it to let go of the cage bottom. He held his right foot straight down and closed for 4 or 5 minutes and I thought that he had possibly suffered a stroke because he didn't grip my hand much after I picked him up but he is talking and acting normal for the biggest part of the day now.

Feb 17, 2016
My bird fell
by: Mitzy

Hi, I recently adopted a (Blue Fronted Amazon). Ive had him for about a month. He is a very sweet bird and approximately around 8 yrs. old
I have not seen the actual falls(3) now, but have heard them and notice he is not on his perch and on the bottom of the cage. This time I heard some commotion in his cage, ran over to him and he was on his back struggling to get upright. He doesn't appear hurt and has a great appetite. I give him premium parrot food and nutria-nuggets, along with a multitude of fruits and veggies that he can eat. I'm getting a little concerned at this point.

Dec 26, 2015
African grey falling off perch
by: Anonymous

Hi there you say your African grey falls off the perch your best bet would be to take your parrot to the nearest emergency vets as your parrot could have something seriously wrong with there health
I am saying this as my African grey parrot did the same and was falling off his perch and sleeping alot I took him to the vets straight away and found that he had a very bad cold which the vet give me some MED's for I would also suggest that you use pillows on the bottom of your cage as this would act as a soft landing and your parrot will not knock there self out as this is very dangerous for your parrot as they can brake there neck or would result in sudden death due to the hard knock to the bottom of the cage kind regards

Sep 20, 2015
my bird falling of her perch
by: yako

My African grhis falling off her perch she eats peanuts and dryed berrys and sun flower seeds i don't know how old she is she has just started doing it today im very worried about her so if anyone might know what is going on with her please reply to this comment

Editor's note: Your bird needs an avian vet, not opinions from here. You feed an unhealthy diet, get a better diet from your vet when you go.

Jun 09, 2010
Be Careful!
by: Anonymous

I have (now had) a male Eclectus. He had Arthritis. He was doing really good but always fell off his perch like once a week. He always landed on his feet and climbed back up. He fell when he was sleeping and lost balance. The last time he fell, today, he hit his head on the bottom and started bleeding and died. It was the most horrible thing I've ever had to watch. Be so careful and do something to make sure the fall is padded. I wish I would have known to pad the cage before this happened. Good luck with your bird!!

Feb 18, 2009
African Grey Falling Off Perch
by: The Vet

What does your bird eat? If not pellets, then this is likely the problem. You must get your bird to eat a pellet diet to correct this problem. I recommend Harrison's, it is the best. Use the High Potency. The full spectrum light is great! Keep it away from the cage at least 18 inches and use it for 3-4 hours per day. If your bird eats pellets, do not supplement with calcium. If you bird does not eat pellets - CONVERT HIM! ( Switching Birds to Pellets article. ) Calcium in the water is a very ineffective means of treating this problem.

It is not normal for any bird to fall from a perch. Have his wings been trimmed? If not, don?t. If so, don?t do it again if you can avoid it. Clipped wings will cause balance problems and make the problem worse.

This could be associated with improper perches. You should offer a variety of perches including Rope Boings and Perches,, natural branches, and a Safe Pedicure Perch as the highest perch in the cage.

Dr B

Feb 17, 2009
African Grey Falling Off Perch
by: Anonymous

Hi Ron,

Is it possible that your grey is clipped too closely? They are "barrel-chested" and sometimes can be clumsy due to their body habitus. Increased almonds in the diet will also help with the calcium. Instead of the oven rack, I have used three inch foam padding covered in washable vinyl such as from a fabric store. This will soften the blow. If she is clipped too closely it will take time. It took my adopted grey a good couple of molts before repair of the flights was complete. Mine also is in the same age range - 25 now. Just watch for her keel with these falls. Pam

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