Jenday Conure can't move!

by Sarah
(US)

My Jenday Conure can't move, and I am planning on taking him to the vet right when they open today. He is still a baby, only 4 years old. He has his feet crinkled up and I placed him on the top of the cage with a blanket covering his body too keep him warm.

I don't know what to do, since yesterday he was on my shoulder and then he lost complete balance, we let him sleep in his bed then this morning he woke me up because he was trying to get out of his bed. He won't drink water from me and he ate some seeds but wouldn't eat the banana and he loves bananas. Im really worried about him, can someone tell me what to do till I go to the vet? How to feed him?

Also a few days ago he was regurgitating but i thought it was normal since birds do that.

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Jan 20, 2010
Jenday Conure can't move
by: Linda

Very sorry to hear about your sick little bird. He does need to be seen immediately by an Avian Vet as he is very sick, and as Tracie said, possibly from a toxin.

The metal toy parts are sometimes (most times) coated with zinc which is as deadly for birds as is lead. Most birds don't play with the attachment parts, and they do play with the chains, bells and the like. Use 100% cotton rope instead of chain, no bells or other parts like that unless they are made from nickel plated steel or stainless steel. You can find stainless and possibly nickel plated chain, but birds like to play with cotton rope that has knots between all the toy pieces. It's better to learn how to make toys for birds because all the attachment hardware like rings, up eye screws and quick links can be found in either stainless steel or nickel plated steel.

Once your vet has seen him, he will direct you as to what you need to do. He may also have to keep him for a while to run tests and give him IV fluids. Your bird will die quickly if not taking any fluids in.

First, find out what is wrong and then do as directed by your vet. As Tracie said, warmth is an issue with any sick bird. They need to be kept at around 85 degrees as sick birds are unable to regulate their body temperature and need help. If you have a smaller cage, you can put the cage on a heating pad and cover top and part of the sides with a large towel or sheet. Be sure and leave room around the bottom few inches so air can circulate. Depending on what is wrong with bird, vet may or may not direct you to heat him, but most likely he will.

The other issue is feed and water. Very ill birds have to be handfed using baby parrot handfeeding formula given with a syringe several times a day. Ask vet how much and how many times and see if they can give you a syringe or two and show you how to do this without aspirating your bird. If you feed only what he can swallow at a time, aspiration won't be a problem. If you put too much in his mouth at a time, and he chokes on it, then some of it has gone into his lungs. This happens with baby birds when people either do not know how to do it or they are in too big of a hurry. So get your vet to show you exactly how to do this as it is normally a learned skill. It is important to NOT stress him anymore than is necessary, so more and smaller feedings may be what the vet recommends.

Let us know what vet had to say about your little bird when you have time.

Linda

Jan 20, 2010
Conure can't move and won't drink
by: Tracie

Oh, I am sooo sorry to read this! You are doing the right thing taking the bird to the vet today. Keep the bird warm, possibly in a small cage without perches with a towel on the bottom for the bird to lay on.

If you put the bird in a small cage, fish tank or the like, you can put a heating pad on low on top of the container and cover the container partially. You want to make sure you don't overheat the bird, just keep the environment warm.

Keep trying different ways to get fluid in your bird. You might even soak a crumb of bread or something.

Your vet will ask you all kinds of questions about the bird's diet and things it might have licked or chewed on. If you have any metal toys, or toys with metal chains, take them with you for the vet to check and see if they are lead based.

I know of a bird that died from licking a statue on a shelf. Cheap toys from grocery stores etc. often contain lead and if the bird chews the metal, they get sick and die without treatment.

Please let us know how it goes. If you don't have an avian vet, dog and cat vets don't have a clue about birds, then you can look for one on our Find an Avian Vet page.

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