GCC with a new balance problem

by Nicole
(Benton Harbor, MI)

Jade is approx 6yrs old. I have had her for 3 yrs. This afternoon she seemed fine, a few hours later she was having problems keeping her balance. She is eating, drinking, and her stool looks normal.

She is not at the bottom of her cage and still flies around. She is not sneezing, her eyes are fine, and she still has energy. Not as much as usual. She seems to be getting better as the day goes on. She is still tired, perched on 1 foot tho and her balance is getting better.

What could cause this, is it serious? The nearest Avian Vet is 2.5hrs away from me. There is a vet in town but he doesn't do birds very much. I got a heating pad out for her. She slept on it for a little bit. but wants nothing to do with it now. Is there anything i can do? Please help.

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Mar 17, 2009
Jade
by: Nicole

Thank you tracie for you help and fast responces. I will be doing that too next week (vet). Is it possible that that would only affect her and not my other 2 birds? They are all in the same room.

Mar 17, 2009
GCC with balance problem
by: Tracie

Melting plastic is very toxic. That could have been it. I would still go for a vet check up just to be safe.

Mar 17, 2009
Oh ya
by: Nicole

I almost forgot. our new roomate had used the toaster oven without removing the bread and Peanut butter from the top. Everything melted. This was the night before. do you think that could be realted?

Mar 17, 2009
Jade
by: Nicole

Jade was perfectly fine the next day. And still is. She is back to her active mischievous self. I don't think it was toxic, i have no Teflon in my house or air fresheners, i know better. It is possible that she ate something she shouldn't of. She is a free roaming bird. I was thinking she might of gotten something off the floor that upset her. Is that a good possibility? You can also tell very much that it is breeding season for her. She wont leave my male Quaker alone when she gets her urges. She has never laid an egg tho, is that unusual?

Mar 16, 2009
GCC with balance problem
by: Tracie

Dr. B suggests that you make the drive to see an avian vet. Your bird should see the vet once a year for check ups anyway. This could happen again and it could be very serious. The only way to determine what happened is for the vet to do a physical exam and run tests.

Another possibility is that there was something toxic in the air. Many irons, toaster ovens, waffle irons etc. have Teflon on them. Could you have a gas leak? Did you clean your house with chemicals? Do you have air fresheners? Does anyone wear perfume or cologne (aka chemicals) around the bird?

Many people are slowly killing their birds by cleaning with toxic chemicals. (They are also damaging their own liver and kidneys when cleaning with chemicals.) Please read my article on Parrot Health.

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