My bird is acting weird and won't fly
You're an Avian Vet so I think you can answer my question. I have a House Sparrow (not a parrot but I don't think that matters) that I raised since it was featherless. He is about a month and a half old now. He has feathers, he can fly and he roams around my house.
About two days ago he started acting funny. He got puffed up, sleepy and won't fly. I thought he might be sick but he eats in his cage as normal and when I open his cage he flies out but he flies like if he was barley learning to fly, he flies low and lands on the ground. As I'm typing, he just flew and couldn't go higher than my waist. He is alert though, he hops around the house following me and he chirps a lot.
Before, he would land on my ceiling fan or on my dining table, now he can't get higher than my waist. Also, when i would grab him he would squirm and fly off, now he's very easy to handle.
I didn't know how to take care of a baby sparrow so I looked online and I saw that I should feed him mushed up dry dog food. Here is my concern, he won't eat seed, he hates it. I even tried feeding him bread and he pecks a little but he always chirps and chirps and CHIRPS until i give him his dog food, then he quiets down.
I have been giving him Wild Harvest Multi-Drops every day in the water that i use to mush up his dog food but i stopped giving him that because i fear that i might be overdosing him or something.I looked online and i fear he might have Salmonella from the dog food but he doesn't like anything else.
He's not as puffed up as he was anymore or lethargic but I'm scared that he's not flying like he should, like how he was before. I don't really have $ to be taking him to a vet but I love my birdie and please tell me what i should do. His name is Jack (Jack Sparrow)