Arthritis in Conures?

by Saul Molinar
(Bakersfield, Ca)

My Blue Crown Conure has had difficulties walking for already 6 months. In his cage, he has to hold on to the cage with his beak when he sleeps and sometimes maybe 2 to 4 times a night he falls off his stick. He gets from point a to point b in the cage with some struggling; but he's faster when getting to his serving bowl for food.

He's picky about certain bird food as well as table food. We took him to a vet and said peanuts sunflower meals were doing more harm than good to our bird. But I don't think it has anything to do with his legs. So bought him some fruity dried pallets and wont eat them. Neither will our other Sun Conure.

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Feb 16, 2011
Conure with arthritis symptoms
by: The Avian Vet

Nutrition could be a major part of his problems and can definitely be causing his leg problems, among others. You need to do whatever it takes to get them to eat a good pellet diet. Fruity ones are no good. You should use Harrison's, Roudybush, or Oven Fresh Bites. These are excellent diets. Birds do not just start eating a new diet without some coaxing. I have attached an article that will help you switch them In addition, you need to have your bird seen by an avian veterinarian immediately.

Switching Birds to Pellets article

Dr B

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