Green cheek conure shaking and whimpering

by Bashar

My 2.5 yr old green cheek conure (sex unkown) has been shaking/shivering for the last few weeks (doesnt seem to be excitability). He sometimes also goes to his bed/roost and will whimper. This is becoming more frequent these days. All else seems fine though. Eats well and is not lethargic or weak. Also, this behavior is not present when he is out of the cage.

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Apr 16, 2010
Green Cheek behavior
by: The Avian Vet

You should have your bird examined by an avian veterinarian. Shivering can be an indication that he cannot keep his body temp at a normal level. This is an indication of illness. It may also be that he is nervous of afraid of something, maybe outside the window near his cage, or something in the room. I have seen birds become afraid of ceiling fans. There may not be enough light in the room, causing him to be nervous.

Dr B

Apr 08, 2010
by: Anonymous

ok as linda said you need to take it to the avian vet and maybe it needs a bigger cage and take it out of its cage 2 to 3 times a week or more if needed

Apr 06, 2010
Green cheek conure shaking and whimpering
by: Linda

First thing is to get him to an Avian Vet immediately for a checkup to make sure he is not sick because that's what this sounds like. Have Avian Vet do a test or two to rule out infections and/or parasites.

Depending on the outcome of your visit to the Avian Vet, then we can look at his cage where you say he does this a lot. Is the cage too small? Birds need cages a minimum of 2 to 3 times the size recommended for them because the manufacturers ALWAYS go with the minimum to sell more cages. This DOES NOT MEAN the cage is adequate for the bird, just that the bird will fit in it. Also check and make sure there are no toxins present in his immediate environment. Foreign cages, both UK and China can have high levels of lead and/or zinc. You need to contact manufacturer of your cage and have them direct you to the place, in the United States, where the powder coat paint was tested for both lead and zinc. Normally, the lighter colors are high in zinc like the white, brass, gold or some other light color. Manufacturers HAVE TO HAVE THIS INFORMATION ON FILE IN THE US or people should NEVER buy their cages because they will do the testing in their own countries and lie about the lead, zinc and cadmium levels. China now adds Cadmium to the Zinc because it makes it cheaper to make, and Cadmium is a most dangerous carcinogen. Cages made in other countries, like the UK can also be high in lead, so see if you can find the information on the testing done in the US to make sure your cage is not poisoning your bird. (The A&E cages on this site are tested in the US.)

Toys and perch hardware that have zinc coatings can also be a source of toxins. Zinc is highly poisonous all by itself, and add Cadmium to the mix, and you have a Stone Cold Killer on your hands. Toy hangers and perch hardware need to be either stainless steel or nickel plated. Nickel plated needs to be thoroughly dried each time it is washed or wetted down so the plating stays put. Chains that toys hang from also need to be either SS or Nickel plate.

Let us know what the Avian Vet has to say, and please do not delay even one more week on taking your bird in for a checkup. Vet may wish to do some bloodwork to see if there is any problems with poison showing in the liver.

Thanks for writing,

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