Parrot foot problem

by Linda

I have a 30 yr old red-headed amazon. A few months ago he started not standing on one foot, not sure if he injured it (has a very large cage). I switched from a round to flat perch so he could balance better. Then switched back to round. Now both feet are affected and he cant grip with either foot. The feet are frozen with each toe straight out. He's learned to balance with the ball of his feet. But he cant hold seeds, food or peanuts. Just holds them in his beak until he drops it. I have to grab his body to get him out of his cage. His droppings have been waterier. He only likes seeds and apples ( a problem) very picky. I have been putting cherry juice concentrate in his water, in case he has gout. Today he is very tired keeps closing his eyes and leans way over (lower than perch) to try and sleep. Its hard for him to balance. Not sure if his wings are affected but he uses them to balance and flops around when he walks on the floor. Any ideas/recommendations?

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Oct 29, 2010
Parrot needs avain vet
by: Tracie

It sounds like your bird is ill and needs to be seen by an avian vet soon.

Natural wood branches are best for your bird's feet, but this is not a perch problem it is a health problem.

If you do not have an avian vet, and I assume you do not since you have not taken your bird to one, you can look for one on our Find an Avian Vet page. If you do not see an avian vet listed in your area, use the links at the top of the page to do a search.

Even if you think you can not afford an avian vet, you may find a vet that will take payments. If you suddenly could not walk, you would likely go to a doctor. The same is with your bird, you can not treat this yourself, you don't even know what is causing it. The only way to find out what is wrong, and how to fix it, is to take your bird to an avian vet.

Let us know how the vet visit goes. It will encourage others that come here looking for answers to know what you found out and help them get their birds help too.

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