Parakeet has unusual "tick"!?!

by Catherine
(Los Angeles)

We adopted a parakeet (Lil' Joe) from a neighbors friend a couple years back. The woman claimed the bird was 12 years old though it seemed more like a very young bird. She has admitted to throwing things at it, so we dont know if that has anything to do with the birds unusual condition. The bird is constantly opening and closing its beak. Almost never stops. Could it be the abuse that caused the birds unusual condition or could it be something medical?

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Oct 19, 2009
Budgie starange behavior
by: The Vet

Budgies often have nervous habits and behaviors. However, this could also be related to a respiratory disease. I recommend that you take your bird in to see an avian veterinarian as soon as possible.

Dr B

Oct 19, 2009
Unusual Tick
by: Linda

The plain and simple fact here is that this cruel and abusive person has either physically done harm to bird or has made bird a nervous wreck.

My best advice is to take your bird to an Avian vet in your driving area and have him checked out for infections or other disorders. The behavior you are describing is not normal, but then this bird has not had a normal life in a safe home.

Pardon me while I give a short message to any and everyone who may read this: If ever you feel like hitting your bird or hurting them in any other way, here is what to do. Go somewhere and bang your head against a very hard surface until you pass out! I cannot abide people who are such cowards that they resort to hurting something as small as a bird and this includes the large Macaws and Toos. All of them are smaller than we are, and all of them can be easily hurt by hitting and throwing things. Bird's bones are hollow, and it does not take much force from a cowardly person to break them into many pieces.

Okay, that said, go ahead and make an appointment to have your bird checked out by an Avian vet as there could be something physical causing this behavior. If bird was ever hit on the head, this could be seizure activity. Small seizures result in odd ticks or jerks and such and won't be as dramatic as full out Grand Mal Seizures where they fall down and convulse. Have bird checked out to make sure this is not a physical problem.

Let us know what vet had to say, and thanks for allowing me to have my say about abuse in your answer letter!


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