Perching question re: a conure

by Deb Watson
(Leesburg, VA)

If a conure is unable to perch, how does that effect his health overall? Or, does it even effect his health? Can he live a regular life without perching if his eating and other habits are good? Is it possible that a conure simply has arthritis if he is unable to perch and his 'feet' are not completely straight?

Thank you very much in advance.

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Dec 21, 2011
Perching question re: a conure
by: Anne

Did you look under the added footnote that was printed on your reply? I did & the Avian Vet from M D very good 410-877-1727.
Do please let me know how things go. Wish I could of been more helpful first time around.

Dec 21, 2011
Bird perching difficulty
by: The Avian Vet

No this is not arthritis. They will not do well if they cannot perch. They end up with dirty vents, fecoliths, and other GI problems as well as pressure sores on the feet, legs and abdomen. You need to see a specialist to determine what is wrong and how to fix it.

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Dec 20, 2011
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by: Anonymous

thanks for the info. my real concern is finding an avian vet in virginia or nearby maryland or even DC. does anyone know a vet in these areas?

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Dec 19, 2011
Perching question re: a conure
by: Anonymous

You say the feet are not straight but the feet do point slightly "pigeon toed"
Have you thought about making perch's that will accomodate the shape of your Conure's feet (wide squared shaped so easy to grip) also putting ledges up for it. These ledges are for rodents really but my birds love them.
To me it sounds like the bird has had an injury so I would have lots of soft wadding at the bottom of the cage.

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