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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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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