sick lorikeet...unable to find help

by Jeff Myers

About 4 days ago my rainbow lorikeet, Charlie became very quiet and would spend his days sleeping. When i awoke today,he was at the bottom of his cage laying on his side, shaking and unable to stand-up. I have called every vet within 50 kilometers and they are either closed, on holidays or don't do birds.
I have moved him to his outside cage where he can get some fresh air and have been feeding him by hand (which he seems to accept), I have also been giving him water and his agave/water juice, he seems to be drinking ok, but only when I put it in front of him and urge him to take it.
He does sit-up now occasionally and even climbed up on his pearch, but his one foot is clenched tight and he is still acting strange. His color is good, his eyes look normal and he has no visable abnormalities.
I realize that you only wish to answer non- emergancy questions however with no vet till Monday I am running out of options
Jeff and Charlie

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Nov 23, 2016
Sorry to hear your Lorri is ill
by: DJOZ

This site:
has an informative list of illness symptoms in parrots.
You could phone Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on the Gold Coast for information:
Phone: (07) 5534 0813
Sadly it sounds like your bird did suffer a stroke - so sorry :-(
I'm not a vet but have witnessed a wild bird who had been carefully captured by a rescuer have a stroke through the stress/distress of being captured. Unfortunately it died.
To my understanding all Aust'n. native bird/animals are protected and you need a licence to keep them:
May pay to check, I could be wrongly informed?

All the very best with your care and your feathered friend's recovery.

Oct 04, 2016
Mabe a Stroke
by: Anonymous

My friend has a male lorikeet named Lorie who suffered from a stroke in 2014.

Oct 03, 2016
heavy metal poisoning
by: Anonymous

Hi there it sounds like he could have heavy metal poisoning - however as i have only just seen this it may be too late. He needs to have a chelating injection to try and remove this poison from his system

Jan 12, 2016
help is our baby rainbow lorikeet going to die???
by: Young family

We found a baby rainbow lorikeet about 3 and a half weeks ago who had either fallen or been kicked out of his nest, his wings and tail hadn't fully grown and he couldn't fly so we brought him home, brought the rainbow lorikeet nectar powder and he was doing really well. But yesterday he became very lethargic and quite, today he hasn't gotten any better, he seems to be having trouble pooing and also vomited

Oct 22, 2015
bhirdie my lorikeet
by: Von Ian

my rainbow lorikeet has been sleep always now then usual and has her feathers puffed up is that normal and im not sure what to and she is 2 years old and love to play but right now she just sleeps.

Editor's note: You need to take your bird to an avian vet, to find out why your bird is sleeping so much.

Sep 15, 2015
Male rainbow lorikeet
by: Anonymous

Hi I have a male rainbow lorikeet for 2 years now and I have noticed a significant change in my bird the last 3 days he is shaking and unbalanced and his poop has become more liquid and green. He has picked his feathers since a little baby and could never stop him, I have begin to notice little white lumps over his body some bigger then others?! I need help as I have no idea what to do.

Editor's note: You must get your bird to an avian vet for help.

Feb 14, 2012
sicl lorikeet
by: rimarni

my friends rainbow lorikeet has been sick to, she is at deaths door, took it to a bird and he gave her antibiotic injection and he is, looking after her, she has picked up over night and is being treated for cane sugar toxic poisoning, be care ful what you let your birds eat.

Dec 18, 2010
sick female lorikeet
by: Abe

hey everyone i have a sick 2yr old female lorikeet she has been sick for the last three days throwing up everything she eats and her poop is more clear than usual, she stays in her house and stays sleeps most of the day....


Editor's note: Please take your bird to an avian vet. Also, please post your question as a new question, not as an answer to someone else's question.

Aug 17, 2009
Lorikeet Owner for 10 years
by: Anonymous

So sorry to hear about the ill bird. Are the feet cold on the bird? Keep the bird warm. Try to give the bird some gatorade to keep his energy. One item I feed my bird is gerber baby food and add a bit of apple sauce to it. Mix well and let cool to a warm temperature before offering to bird. Spoon feed him. It is very important that the bird continue drinking and eating. Try not to allow it to dehydrate. How old is your bird? Is your bird's wings clipped? Is it possible it flew into something? I'm not a vet, but process of elimination is always best. You need to baby this animal until you get to a vet. Time is limited.

Aug 15, 2009
by: Linda

I must ask this question, and it is not meant to be off-putting. Who told you Agave juice was okay for your bird? Many species of Agave are poisonous, and it is very important that you found an Avian Vet who told you the type you are giving your bird is okay. I am NOT an Avian vet, but have read up on the Agave plant and most are poisonous for animals and birds.

Most of the symptoms of poisoning, from Agave, are those of skin swelling and hives plus generalized irritations. If given internally, these same symptoms are turned inward including edema which is swelling of the soft tissue.

As Tracie said, it does sound like your bird had a stroke, and the symptoms are also the same for various poisons/toxins.

If your sweet bird is still with us on Monday, please get bird in as an emergency and ask Avian vet about the Agave Juice as a potential poison. If someone other than an Avian vet told you it was okay, then always remember that unless these people ARE Avian vets, they MAY be leading you down the wrong path. Hopefully, this is not the case in your situation.

Keep us posted as to how your bird does and what the Avian vet said about the Agave juice. Your information can help someone else and is always appreciated.

You all are in our prayers, and we wish you the best possible outcome.


Aug 15, 2009
by: Jeff Myers

Much thanks Tracie
He is stable now and not getting any worse, but I think I am going to have to give him round the clock care till Monday as I have tried all the vets listed within reasonable distance. I will try and post the diagnosis when I find out.

Aug 15, 2009
Sick lorikeet
by: Tracie

Hello Jeff,

The reason we do not encourage people to post questions when a bird needs to be seen in person, is because there is nothing we can do for the bird. We don't post that to be ugly. (I realize you didn't say you thought that.)

Just in case, have you looked on our Find an Avian Vet page?

I am not a vet nor a vet tech, so I don't think I know any more than you, in fact it sounds like you are doing a stellar job!

It sounds to me that your bird had a stroke. If I were you and there were not any 24 hour clinics or any avian vets with a 24hr number, then I would start calling breeders. There may be a breeder that knows a vet personally that has a number you can call or that they will call for you.

I sure hope your bird holds on until you find an avian vet that will see your bird.

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