Is this a stroke?
We purchased a 25 year old CAG a few months ago.
He was in a home with very heavy smokers & was not well nourished & had ragged, frayed feathers. Not plucked but was aggressively preening & tearing the feather ends.
We noticed the right foot was weak. He can't grip anything & all the toes hang limply on the perch.His left eye was watery & sore looking with a smaller pupil than the well rounded right. He would shred paper on the cage bottom & sit weakly in it with his head down, sleeping.The sore eye is always either closed, or partially,so.It is not as watery anymore but the pupil seems even more smaller than initially.
We have absolutely no avian vets in this area. I took him to my vet & he said he might have an irritated eye. Drops did not help. This was months ago.
I ordered colloidal silver from a supplier & tried in his eye...no help.
A breeder told me it may be a female (shredding paper)& may be egg bound & to try Calci-boost to pass the egg....no avail.
He was a poor eater when he came & we have her finally eating nuts,apples, peas & corn, high grade seed mix (Beak Appetit)& still coaxing him to try pellets. I also offer Guardian Angel in his water daily.Doing better than he was initially.
Feathers a lot better as he gets misted daily & showers weekly.
The strange part is, he seems 100% healthy, singing & chirping & flapping his wings on his playtop for long periods...then he will go in the cage, go to the bottom & look like he's dying. It's like he has weak bouts & we are so helpless.
He shakes his head by times but our other parrots do too but I notice if I say a loud word he shakes it. I stop....he stops. I say a word he shakes it, almost like it hurts or bothers him.
We love this little bird. Can you help?
May I add he cannot talk either? He hears well as he repeats noises & sounds, like cats, & various sounds...Just no words.
Can this be a stroke? Thank you in advance so very much.