Cherry-headed Conure "spells"
Hi... my 22-year-old female cherry headed conure, Oliver, has been having odd "spells" starting about a week ago. Her right leg/foot (always her right, never her left) suddenly doesn't work, with the claw curled. She stumbles and flaps and once fell off her play tree. It's happened about 5 times in the week, only once daily. When I grab her to keep her from falling, she seems to be able to move that leg, but not grip. Her wings seem fine. If I put her in her sleep cage (for safety) during this, she's unable to perch with the right leg for a few minutes, sometimes stumbling as she attempts to. Or she sits very quietly on my shoulder with only the left leg gripping. Then she seems to recover. She's quiet for a few minutes after an episode, sometimes with her beak open a little. Hard to tell if she's spacy or freaked out. Other than that, she's acting fine, like the little monster she is. The foot looks normal. Each "spell" seems to be getting shorter, but it's worrisome.
The episodes happen only when she's fallen asleep on her play tree in the evening, I've noticed, never during the day. Additionally, it only seems to happen when the lights in her room are out (the next room's lights are still on, making her room dim), not when her lights are on.
She's a bad eater, absolutely refusing anything other than seed, fruit, and table food. Many attempts at converting her to pellets have failed spectacularly. Her appetite is very good. She had a full work-up by an avian vet 10 months ago and was pronounced very healthy.
Can you help? Thank you so much!