Quaker parrot wing flapping and nodding her head

by Harold
(Washington )

Well,my pet quaker parrot is flapping its wings non-stop.I think its going to lay an egg,though my other parrot was doing the same and had laid an egg.However the quaker parrot got sick and began flapping it's wings and died because of the sickness.This quaker parrot now is flapping it's wings now and I don't know if she might lay an egg or something else might happen.She also nods her head constantly.I don't know if this is her habit to do all the time, I am just curious.She closes her eyes and starts nodding her head.Please answer this.

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Dec 31, 2012
Quaker parrot wing flapping and nodding her head
by: Linda

You say you lost another bird, and now you are concerned with losing this one. We recommend all new birds be seen and examined by an Avian Vet during the first few days of coming home. Have you done this? Since you just lost a bird, it could have died from an infection either viral or bacterial, and if this is what happened, then your new bird is at risk for dying of the same infection if it has been put into the same cage.

Please find an Avian Vet ONLY in your driving area and have your bird examined immediately because infections sometimes linger in the environment. Even if you cleaned the cage, perches and toys, some viral infections stay in environment for years, so until you have your bird examined by an avian vet, you will not know what is causing the wing flapping. This could also be a poison in the environment that makes birds become agitated, so do not wait to have your bird examined by an avian vet because until you do, you will not know what is really causing the behavior.

There are many toxins to be found in households like cleaning products, perfumes, fingernail polish and remover, under pressure sprays and food items. Water can also be contaminated which is very common and requires a professional to come out and test water for dangerous toxins. Paint is toxic as is most cloth dying products. Hairspray is poison for birds, and the list goes on and on. Never use bleach near your bird and do not clean perches, cages, toys or cups with it. There are non toxic cleaners that are bird safe if directions are followed and Focus is one and is found here. Scented candles and all the plug in room deoderizers are toxic to birds, fish and most cats. Manufacturers of these products do not say they are toxic because they want to sell them to you. They care little for your health concerns or those of your family. It is up to each one of us to have only safe products in our homes to protect our pets and our families.

Many things to consider and egg binding is only one of them.

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Dec 30, 2012
Possibly sick Quaker parrot
by: Tracie

If you are concerned about the bird laying an egg and/or it may be ill and may die, then please find an avian vet to help your bird. There isn't anything on the Internet that will keep your bird from dying of an illness, disease or help with egg binding if it is egg bound.

You CAN totally prevent egg binding by feeding your bird 80% Harrison's or Roudybush pellets and only feeding 20% healthy treats, and that includes seeds. You will need to spend time converting your bird to pellets though.

Switching Birds To Pellets article

Having your bird on a healthy diet will boost it's immune system too. Make sure your bird gets a checkup at the avian vet soon. If you need help finding an avian vet use this Find an Avian Vet link to find one near you.

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