baby parakeet that can't sit on perch

by Carol
(Tinley Park, Illinois)

My granddaughter is adopting a brain damaged baby parakeet, 3 months old. He cannot sit on as perch and sleeps in his food bowl. Pet smart is giving him to her since they cannot sell him. He sleeps in his food bowl. Is there anything she can put on the grate of the floor of the cage for him to sleep on? She is using newspaper under the grate to catch the droppings.

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Sep 27, 2010
Handicapped bird bedding
by: The Avian Vet

You can use Dri-Dek. That is what I use for all of my handicapped birds.

Dr B

Aug 11, 2010
Baby bird that can not perch
by: The Avian Vet

We recommend using Dri-Dek. You can also let him sleep in the bowl, but don?t put food in it. Sleeping in a bowl does not mean there is brain damage; lots of budgies do this. Are there any other symptoms?

Dr B

Aug 10, 2010
baby parakeet that can't sit on perch
by: Linda

You will need to take this baby to an Avian Vet in your driving area for a full checkup to see where he is physically. You cannot rely on anything a pet store worker tells you, and this includes how he became brain damaged in the first place if he is.

The Avian Vet needs to check him for bacterial and viral infections and then needs to do some basic bloodwork like a CBC, Kidney function, Liver function, Thyroid/Parathyroid tests to see exactly where he is in his physical body.

Talk his sitting and sleeping arrangements over with the Avian Vet because the bottom of the cage is a nasty place for him to have to stay. The only way this is suitable is to put clean, non-printed newspaper folded up thick so he feels comfortable. You can do this with paper towels but they are expensive, and you can find the clean newspaper at your local newspaper office. They sell ends of rolls, and we use them in our parrots' cage bottoms, and enjoy not having black ink all over us. His grate will need to be covered with the above either newspapers or paper towels, and will need to be changed all the time to keep him out of his own feces as this will make him very sick.

Your new bird needs to be evaluated by an Avian vet and NOT a dog and cat vet. They are not licensed or trained in the care of birds, and your little bird needs a well trained and hopefully experienced Avian Vet to look him over.

Avian Vet will have more to tell you about his condition and prognosis for the future once he is evaluated. Please do not delay this visit as there may be some therapy or other help to be found, so move on this right away.

Food needs to be highly nutritional if he is going to have chance for survival. We recommend Harrisons' organic pellets, and get the smaller size grind for budgies. Tracie has it here on this site which makes it easy for you. Prices are the best I've found, and I've been feeding Harrisons' to my Amazons for over 17 years. Here is a link in how to go about the change, written by an Avian Vet, and it will take some time, so do not hurry and let him take the lead in making the change:

Switching Birds to Pellets article

Please let us know what the Avian Vet has to say about him, his health and prognosis for his future as we all will be very eager to hear. Thank You for taking this sweet little baby in, and give him the best of everything you can afford, and mostly this will be your commitment of time and energy and love. Birds feel everything we do including happiness, sadness, lonliness, joy, excitement, pain, sorrow, and they grieve their losses as we do. Bless You and Your Family for taking in a special needs bird as not many will do this.You and many others like you are the Everyday unsung heros, and you are appreciated and honored for your efforts in ways you may never imagine.


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