Dizziness, poor balance and dull eyes
by Yolanda Collins
Hello there, I hope you can help me as this question is not specifically about a parrot.
We live in Melbourne Australia and about 2 months ago I found a baby 'mudlark' or Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca) that had fallen out of a nest in the city. I couldn't find the nest to put him back in, so I took him home and my boyfriend & I have been looking after him.
We fed him on various diets as recommended on internet when he was a chick, but lately he eats mainly raw minced beef or chicken and occasionally little bits of soaked bread or table scraps, We also have seed out for him, although he's not that interested. He gets fed aprox. 1 tablespoon of mince a day (depending on hunger & demand) I presume he catches his own food in addition, as he is free to fly about outside and will often fly away for hours during the day before coming back to roost. He has plenty of fresh water, which he loves to splash about in. He has been doing really well for orphaned wildlife up to this point.
He appears to have dizzy-spells to the point of appearing drunk, he weaves his head and has trouble flying and balancing. I have also noticed that his eyes seem a little dull and his droppings seem green and watery. This state seems to last for about 15-30 mins, after which he will be improved, but still not quite 100%.
I was wondering if this is due to sickness, a genetic health problem, diet or if he has eaten something poison (we did recently put down some 'ant-sand', although have discontinued since we noticed the bird was unwell).
Poor little thing is hanging in there, but doesn't seem healthy or happy and is distressed by apparent dizziness.
Any help, advice or direction to another resource would be greatly appreciated.
Many thanks for your time.
Yolanda, Poz & Squarky