Sun conure is doing backflips?

by Amanda Mayfield
(Aurora, CO)

We recently purchased a second Sun Conure, and she is being very different than our first. First of all, she seems to have a very weak grip. She easily falls off of my finger hwen I hold her. Secondly, when she's down on the floor, she will sometimes start to flap her wings and just go in backflips like she can't control how she is flying.

I can't find anything online that looks the same.....can you help?

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Jun 07, 2010
Sun conure doing backflips
by: The Avian Vet

Both of these problems are caused by a bad wing clip. The loose grip may also be related to other problems such as poor diet. You need to have him examined by an avian veterinarian as soon as possible.

Dr B

Jun 07, 2010
Sun conure is doing backflips?
by: Linda

It sounds as if your bird may be having seizures, and this has to be looked into by an Avian Vet in your area.

ALL NEW BIRDS should be taken to an Avian Vet within the first 24-48 hours of coming home because most of the ones coming from pet stores are already sick with something, and if you go ahead and get them into the Avian Vet, the pet store MAY be held responsible for selling a sick bird. In fact, since they usually are selling sick birds from Bird Mill breeders, they SHOULD be held responsible for vet bills for any sick birds they are selling to innocent people looking for a pet. There is NOTHING more heartbreaking than getting a sweet little bird or any pet for that matter and watching it die because a pet store sells sick animals.

So, if it has been longer than 24-48 hours, they can say the bird became ill AFTER you brought it home. Your bird is sick and needs to be seen by an Avian Vet immediately as it could have bacterial or viral infection, parasites or other physical problems. Have the Avian vet check for both bacterial and viral infection, parasites inside and out plus do a little general bloodwork to see how kidneys, liver and thyroid are functioning. You can find an Avian vet in your local phone book or by calling a vet you know for a recommendation. If you are required to drive a ways, then be prepared to do so as your bird's life hangs in the balance here.

All birds will have to go to an Avian Vet sometime, and we recommend yearly checkups to keep them in optimum health. We also recommend an organic pelleted diet as well because feeding an all seed diet or cheap pellets will result in much more illness issues and trips to Avian Vet.If you need further instruction about changing them over to pellets, please write back in as we have an article on how to go about it.

WORD OF CAUTION, DO NOT TAKE YOUR BIRDS TO A REGULAR DOG AND CAT VET AS THEY ARE NOT LICENSED AND TRAINED TO TREAT BIRDS AND USUALLY WILL DO NOTHING FOR FEAR OF KILLING YOUR BIRD. Some will go ahead and treat with the wrong medicines at too high doses and make matters worse or kill the bird anyway. Some regular dog and cat vets DO have Avian vet on staff, so look at the ads in phone book.

PS if your bird has a contageous infection, your other bird will also need to be taken in to be diagnosed and given meds to give at home. All bacterial/viral infections are highly contageous, so plan on taking both birds in at the same time to be on the safe side.


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