Cathy - Lorikeet lame

by Cathy
(Perth, Western Australia)

Other than her feet she seems ok...

Other than her feet she seems ok...

Hi, I have 2 rainbow lorrikeets. Lorry is 7-8yrs old & Smarty is 1yr old. Other than being in separate cages they are both cared for/cleaned/fed/housed etc exactly the same. The day before yesterday I notic the younger one, Smarty, was spending a bit of time on the bottom of her cage. The next day (yesterday) she was still behaving thesame way. I took her out of the cage around lunch time and realised she isn't using her feet properly. Today its like they dont work at all. She is permanently on the cage floor. She cannot use her feet to climb, its like they are paralised. Her legs are fine, but because of her feet she has great difficulty standng therefore rolls to her side. I do not have a clue what has happened. I am the only oe who has been handling her, so she hasn't been dropped or anything. Does anyone have any idea as to the cause of this?

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Jul 28, 2010
Our lorikeet seems to be the same
by: Cathy

We have a lorikeet which we found about 3 months ago which seems to be hand raised, he was fine apart from missing a tail which we assumed a cat may of got to him. Then about a week or two ago and we noticed he started hanging on to the cage with his beak to stop him falling off his perch and when we had him on the coffee table he would start to rock and then lay on his sidethen noticed him on the bottom of the cage with his feet all curled up and not being able to stand. He has lost a considerably amount of weight now 100gms. We have no idea what is going on with him, he still eats and drinks, but not a great deal. Do you think this may be the same

Editor's note: Please take your bird to an avian vet. Nobody can tell you anything here, your bird needs to be examined by an avian vet for diagnosis.

Oct 18, 2009
All Better
by: Cathy

Hi, unfortunately I couldn't afford to take her to the vet, but did do alot of research on the net. She got what is supposedly called "Lorikeet Paralysis Syndrome". The cause is unknown but the symptoms can either not get better and the bird is like this for the rest of it's life, (living conditions of course have to be alltered) or the symptoms gradually disappear after two weeks, which thankfully is what happened to my bird! She is 100% back to normal now.

Sep 04, 2009
Lame Lorikeet
by: Tracie

I am sorry to read about your bird having this problem. Please take your bird to an avian vet for an examination. That is the only way you will be able to find out the cause and get the proper treatment.

Let us know how it goes.

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