Is this normal??

by Angela
(Lemongrove, CA, USA)

Hi. I have a male green cheeked conure and today I noticed that he was moving his tenure up and down and also had his beak a little bit open. I know that that's the sign for when they are thirsty but he had a fresh clean bowl of water already. So I thought ok maybe he's just hot so I turned on the ceiling fan and moved him away from the window. He' stopped doing it and then I noticed he started sleeping with a one foot up...
Earlier that day I let him try some of my Greek plain yogurt so now I'm all nervous and paranoid that maybe that wasn't good for his belly. Please help!

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Oct 26, 2015
Is it ok
by: Anonymous

I once had a parrot and it did the same it means it is sleepy
She looked like she was yawning
It is also bad for birds to eat a yougurt. It really can make the bird really sick.

Aug 15, 2015
Change in bird behavior
by: Tracie

Birds should really not have milk products, or any processed or seasoned human food for that matter. It is possible your yogurt upset it's belly, but not likely caused any serious problems.

Birds lack the digestive enzymes needed to break down milk sugar and milk proteins. Uncultured milk products such as milk, cream and butter should not be fed, but yogurt, cheeses and dried milk can be supplemented in the diet in moderation (they are also high in fat and cause health issues).

But, it could have nothing to do with yogurt, it could be your bird chewed something toxic, or is ill. (If you don't have a bird safe room, your bird could chew something toxic or even pick up a bird disease on the floor brought in on your shoes.)

You can't treat what you don't know is wrong, and you can't get a diagnosis or treatment without seeing an avian vet.

Please use this Find an Avian Vet link to find an avian vet for your bird so it can be examined to determine what is wrong and what the potential treatment might be.

Also, we have some health articles at this Parrot Training page link.

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