Conure-Loss of balance
by Juliette Joyce
(Arroyo Grande, CA USA)
Sunny is a 9 yr old Sun Conure and through the years has restricted her diet substantially. She only eats safflower and sunflower seeds, apples and bannanas. She is now very underweight. I have tried many different types of foods without success; I now add appetite stimulant to her food to encourage to eat all her other seeds. Also, I now add vitamins to her water bowl.
In the last 6 months she has had difficulty staying on her perch during the night; falls 2-3X a night. I have now laid down extra bedding material to soften the falls. Doesn't appear to fall during the day unless startled. She is still squawking (less) and plays with her bell(less).
When I transfer her from her night cage to her daytime cage I have to hold her and walk slowly otherwise she loses her balance and falls to the ground. I am very frustrated and fear I will be losing her soon. What could I have done when she started limiting her diet? What else can I now do?