Parrot goes into freeze mode

Hi, I found a ringneck parrot in the middle of the freeway. I picked it up and brought it home. Today, it got out of its cage and flew around, hitting the wall a couple of times. I went to get him and put him back, but realized that he will not move once inside. He is just sitting with his eyes open and will not move at all, like it's frozen. What is wrong with him? What should I do?

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Mar 17, 2012
Parrot goes into freeze mode
by: Linda

The bird has to go to an Avian Vet to see if there are any broken bones. He could have broken bones and be in a lot of pain, so please get him to an Avian Vet ONLy for an exam. Until he is well, the smaller cage is the very best idea. Just make sure he does not get out and do himself more harm. If you have to give him meds from the avian vet, use a lightweight towel to wrap him in so his wings are held down while you medicate him. The avian vet will show you what to do when you get him there.

He's also terrified of you, the cage, and everything else in your home.


Mar 16, 2012
Parrot Freezing
by: Anonymous

The bird obviously got out of it's previous home. BC the owner did not clip it's wings, it flew away.

There is no telling how long this bird has been on it's own. Thankfully you found him, so youre able to give him a good home.

However; Don't let him out of his cage if he can fly. You need to take him to a vet to ensure he is healthy and not injured. Hes obviously trying to get back outside. So while you're at the vets getting him checked out, HAVE HIS WINGS CLIPPED. To prevent further chances of him injuring himself.

The bird is frozen in his cage and won't move bc he is scared. He's now in a cage, a cage he isnt familiar with, he's in a home, where he was outside before. He's scared. Possibly traumatized from being outside.

Have patience with him while he adjusts.

I bought a parrot from an aviary she did the same thing. I was about ready to name her SPOT, bc she always sat in one spot. Never moved.

I put her feeders near the spot she picked to sit at this way it would entice her to eat. This was her first home. After a cpl days, she relaxed enf by us letting her sit in the cage, and watching us. We talked to her, but didn't take her out as she was scared enf from the move.

Once she started to move about the cage, and sorta checking out her toys, we'd take her out for 10 minutes, then put her back in a cpl times a day.

Take the bird to an avian vet. Make sure he's okay, and doesnt have something he can pass long to other animals, or you. And that nothing is broken from his crashing into stuff.

A bird wont tell you if there is something wrong with them medically. As it is a sign of weakness in the wild.

He might act healthly... but that doesnt mean he is. Leave him in the cage until his wings are clipped!

Good luck!

Mar 15, 2012
Parrot froze after hitting the walls
by: Tracie

He could have broken bones when he flew into the wall and he could be sick or have a disease from being outside. You will need to Find an Avian Vet for your bird so it can be examined to determine what is wrong and what the potential treatment might be.

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