parakeet can't stand or walk

My parakeet is 9 years old and suddenly he can not stand or walk, but he can fly. He lays on his stomach on the bottom of his cage, I guess because his legs can not support him at all. He attempts to walk, stand and climb but he struggles and falls. He looks like a very old man who can barely walk and shakes when he does so, to give an analogy. When he tries to climb up the cage he holds on only with his beak. He is eating and drinking normally, he just can't support himself. I assume this is just because of his old age, but I want to make sure he is not suffering.

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Jan 07, 2017
Parakeet not eating!
by: Anonymous

Your Parakeet is a young bird. You have mentioned losing a couple of birds. Even if they are not in the same cage but, in the same room they can catch whatever if going around. It sounds like you have issue's here and I feel bad for not only you but your Parakeet as well. If he can't stand or walk and his feet are cold, with the feet it sounds like poor circulation. Just as when your feet get cold. However you said he is cold as in shivering. This sounds like some kind of virus he has picked up. You most definetly need to see an Avarian, even if you have to travel a short distance. I myself have a Conure and if it is cool in the area he is in I always put a towel over his cage, like midway, so he doesn't get a draft. That is almost what it sounds like with your bird. There is nothing that you can give him as a home remedy as he is not that type of species. Please take him to an Avarian before you lose him. I would also move every bird into its own room so that if there is a virus they are not in contact with each other. When feeding or giving water be sure you wash your hands before handling the next bird. This you should do each time. I wish you well, I'm sure you are devastated over this. Take Care!!

Jan 07, 2017
This Shouldn't Be Happening
by: Anonymous

Even at 9yrs old I would think that your Parakeet should still be able to stand. Most of these
pets live until sometimes 15yrs or more. If you have an Avarian in your area have it checked. I honestly think that he is missing something in his diet.Perhaps veggies, fruit etc. When looking for an Avarian check under Veterinarians and it will say that they have an Avarian Dr. on Site.
I wish you much luck, I'm sure you feel so bad for this little guy. Take Care,

Oct 28, 2016
Plz help
by: Anonymous

I've had my bird for only a couple of months but today he and his buddy were in the food dish sitting together and when the other came out the blue one didn't walk or come out. I picked him up and he didn't struggle or become aggressive and he just sat there. He's really thin and we have given him a lot of food but won't eat. The other one is fine. I also tried to put him on his perch but he gripped it then fell off, and I don't know what to do. I'm afraid he'll die cause last night I lost another pet, but they were in separate cages and even belong to 2 entirely different species. They have a lot of the same symptoms though. They are both really cold and really thin no matter how much we feed them. We had 2 of each kind but the others are fine, and not showing any of those symptoms.

Editor's note: You need an avian vet to help you.

Nov 24, 2015
my bird dis doing the same thing.
by: Anonymous

My bird is doing the same thing, for 2 days now. She is 15 yrs old. I am kind of just waiting for her to pass. So sad. She is eating, but just laying down on the top of the cage, cant walk, but has been flying. Its weird one minute she seems fine, the next not fine... Poor thing. I will bring her in if this lasts another day

Jul 12, 2015
sick budgie
by: Anonymous

My budgie is less then 1 but suddenly it became sick and it can't walk or use its legs properly if I just her she stays there for hours the vet of out only accepts cats and dogs but did not take a budgie because they did not a vet doctor could help now I m afraid that she will die she is not eating and her dropping are strange very wet and it is like water I gave her a half of paracitamol after that and no difference I feel sad and I cried any way if they did take my budgie I can't afford a vet it is too expensive every where it saves to see a vet never shows me what to do

Jun 11, 2015
birds that can not walk or eat
by: Anonymous

My bird has lead poisoning and has been on 3 lots of antibiotics but still really sick, can barely eat and walk, the vet said there is not much more they can do, he is 20 years old though.

Editor's note: For those that don't know, you must only allow your bird out of the cage in a bird safe room, and only put toys in the cage that are bird safe to avoid this from happening to your bird.

May 23, 2014
the sick little parrot
by: the freak

my parrot is alive but today in 6:34 he was ok in 9:56 his feet was red and he was sick he coudnt move his legs so we took him to the animal hospital in hes 3 years old

Apr 15, 2014
by: kennyb.sayvilleny

my 60 year old amazon can only use 1 claw. so I cut up a dogs mesh leash to size and he hangs from a swivel clip on a aluminum arrow. hes back to normal.he is my hero.

Mar 11, 2014
this is not good
by: Anonymous

My parakeet is 9 and has the same exact symptoms, which appear to us to have come on suddenly. We took him to the vet and they told us that he has a tumor which are very common in parakeets especially older ones. The reason your parakeet cannot walk is probably the same as mine, the tumor is pressing on a nerve that runs through the leg. The first obvious symptoms are lameness of one or both legs followed by weakness, loss of appetite, suddenly stops chirping, preening too much, pulling feathers, scratching too much. Birds are notorious for hiding sickness so if you are seeing symptoms it is pretty late in the game. Get your bird to a vet. Remember that xrays and blood tests can get costly and if they are older, there is really nothing they can do. We are planning on euthanizing ours because the late stages involve too much suffering. You might want to consider the same. Good luck with your bird.

Jun 15, 2012
Parakeet has a wound on her claw and she can't stand on it
by: Brandy

So on Monday my son let are parakeet out of her cage and she flew over to the standing fan which was on. I think she slipped and I noticed yesterday that it looks like the top layer of skin came off. Does anyone know if that will grow back and how long before she starts walking again. She acts normal.

Editor's note: If you want people to see and answer, you need to post a question, not an answer here to another question, at Parrot Questions and I strongly suggest you Find an Avian Vet to examine your bird to make sure nothing is broken.

Apr 25, 2012
My bird can't fly
by: Paula

My Parakeet Buddy eventually died while I was on vacation. Looks like when she fell in the vet's office, she damaged part of her spine. Took her to an avian vet 1 hr from my house. Found out that she couldn't poop on her own. For months she was on medication for bowel motility and every morning and evening, if she didn't poop, I would have to massage her belly to make her go. The person who was taking care of her didn't do that so she was backed up and eventually died. I miss her a lot. She was a little "show off" also.

Apr 23, 2012
bird falls from perch can't stand
by: peep's

This happend to my bird, a common cause is Lead or Zinc poisening. I had to put my bird down and I am broken hearted. Please look at the sources of these heavy metals in the average home.
If you google heavy metal poisening in birds you will find lots of information.

Mar 26, 2010
My pet just cant stand either.
by: Paula

My parakeet cant stand also. She is at 3 yrs old. Had her wings clipped by the vet really short. They are growing back slowly and she still cant fly. Tried to fly from the cage and dropped on the floor. Her balance became unstalbe. Vet has no clue what is wrong. SHe was able to move around her cage and stand on her perch but after taking her to the vet, she tried to fly while he was examining her and dropped again to the ground from a greater distance which made her worse. Now she is lying at the bottom of the cage. Can stand for a very brief time and lies on her chest or her side with on leg up. Need help. She eats and can climb on the side of the cage using her beak for support.

Jan 13, 2010
Same here
by: Sunny_Cro

My parrot can't move his legs too, they are like paralysed, he can fly and he's climbing with his wings and beak. He is Superb Parrot (Polytelis swainsonii) male, 12 years old, he was never sick. I went to vet. but they are only for domestic anim.,dogs and cats. They are not sure what's wrong with him. He was ok Monday evening, but yesterday morning he couldn't stand on the perch. He wants to eat and drink, but I have to give him food and water through syringe.He doesn't have any kind of injuries.

Jan 04, 2010
parakeet can't stand or walk
by: Anonymous

hi my parrot has the same probleme but i did not find an answer everywhere.the doc says maybe is somthing neurologic but no one knows.i think it must be somthing with the psychic to do.

Nov 30, 2009
Parakeet can't stand
by: The Vet

Your bird needs to be seen by an avian veterinarian immediately. Usually these symptoms go along with an internal tumor such as a testicular or ovarian tumor, and sometimes a kidney tumor. You should have your bird examined and have x-rays done, too.

Dr B

Nov 29, 2009
parakeet can't stand or walk
by: Linda

Well, the average lifespan for the Budgie is 7-9 years old though if they have been very well taken care of they can live 12-14 years.

You need to take your bird to an Avian Vet in your area to have him checked out and to see if he is suffering. He may very well be in pain, and there also could be something vet can do for him to help him.

PLEASE DO NOT ALLOW HIM TO SUFFER, PLEASE TAKE HIM TO AN AVIAN VET IMMEDIATELY. If the vet says his lifespan is finished, then allow them to humanely allow him to go to sleep. You can then take him home to be buried with a little service for the children. If YOU are one of the children, decide what you want to say at his funeral. He may surprise you and vet may be able to treat him, so don't give up hope just yet.

Thank You for writing,

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