Cockatto's left foot seems to go limp at times

by Kathy
(Chicago, IL)


We have a 10 year old male Goffins Cockatoo, Iggy, who has always been very healthy and boisterous. Recently, there are times when, for no apparent reason, he loses his balance and will fall off of his cage or wherever he is perched. When this happens, his left foot goes limp or he curls his toes completely together so he is just perching on the one right foot. Also, his left wing seems to involuntarily stretch all the way out. These episodes only last about 10 seconds, and they happen maybe two or three times per day. Sometimes when he is having an episode, he seems to not be able to see out of his left eye.

I am worried that he might be having seizures, however, I am not sure that there is anything that a vet can do, since birds are so delicate they are often not medicated unless it is for an infection or some such thing. I hesitate to bring him to a vet since the last time I took him to see a vet several years ago, the experience stresses him out so much.

Please advise. Thank you,

Kathy K
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Jun 28, 2008
Goffin's Cockatoo limp leg
by: The Vet

I am sorry to hear Iggy is having these problems.

The behavior you describe as stretching sounds like a normal behavior; however, the falling is not normal. What do you feed your bird? Some nutritional deficiencies will cause falling. If your bird is not on a pellet diet, this could be the cause.

Seizures do occur in birds. These can be caused by calcium deficiency, epilepsy, toxins, trauma, and infection.

You need to find a qualified avian veterinarian and have your bird worked up to determine what is going on. Birds should visit the Dr annually for check ups and vaccinations.

Dr B

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