Timneh Parrot Seizure\Stroke

We have a timneh parrot that is about 27 years old. Tulla has always been in good health, and there have been no change to her environment or diet recently.

6 days ago Tulla began screaching loudly and fell from her perch. She seem dazed and had lost co-ordination. The episode lasted about 3 or 4 minutes and was repeated about 4 times over a 2 hour period.

I contacted my local vet and was invited down the evening surgery. However my attempts to place her in a transport box only seemed to cause her more stress. I honestly thought she would not survive the ordeal so returned her to her cage.

Although there were no more episodes over the next 2 days she was growing weaker despite still feeding. Her co-ordination was poor and her ability move about her cage was greatly deminished.

By day 3 she was so exhausted she was unable to roost. I improvised a bowl holder into a makeshift platform, and she sat on it in a nesting position.

By day 4 she seemed to be a little more alert, and although still weak, was making attempts to move about. She is currently alert and enjoying a lot of TLC from all of the family.

Has Tulla experienced a seizure or stroke and realistically how likely is it she can recover?

Is there anything else we can do?
Regards, helen

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May 16, 2016
Tybaby's Seizure/Stroke
by: Dizzy45

I have raised Parrots for over 40 years and never had this to deal with. My handraised African Grey Timneh, Tybaby who is 11 years old and in great health suddenly fell off her perch at 6 AM and hit bottom and did not move. She started to cluck under her breath in fear but no movement. I picked her up with a soft towel and held her. She twitched and would cry in pain and distress and throw up. She had a stroke and is still having the seizures as we speak. I gave her Levetieacetam generic for Keppra in some baby pedialyte and am keeping her in a plastic drawer with a soft towel and she is resting right beside me most of the time I hold her it comforts her. She talks and sings and hopefully she will someday get back to this after she recovers.


Sep 27, 2010
Poor George continued
by: Pat

It is now four days since George had his stroke.
We are very glad we didn't react too soon to "put him out of his misery"
Day two he looked very poorly. His left leg hung off the perch, claws contracted and useless.
He could hardly support his body and twitched very badly. He looked like he had a bad headache or hangover and that he could die any moment!
He drunk water off a spoon and nibble a bit of grape. Everything was too much for him.
Day three he was beginning to get control of his leg and sometimes managed to get it around the perch. We moved food and water closer to his chosen perch and he slowly helped himself.
For once George was silent not even a squeek.
Day four we awoke to find him on top of his cage (his door is not shut) Still not quite steady but pleased to see us and responding to whistles. (He doesn't talk, he was a rescue.) He is drinking and eating fine and has stopped twitching. He is much quieter than before and doesn't squawk at the phone anymore, which is great. Fingers crossed he is on the mend. We are so glad we waited to see if he could improve and HE DID !!
Well done George!

Sep 23, 2010
Poor George
by: Pat

Our Timneh Grey has just suffered the same seizure.
A stroke followed by about seven fits yesterday.
His left leg has no control and he cannot grip the perch. He has a twitch but is drinking and feeding.
How is Tulla, did she survive this trauma?
Our George was rescued and we have never been able to handle him. A long journey to an avian vet would be just too much for him.
Has anybody got any advice to offer?
Thanks Pat

Nov 05, 2009
What happened to Tulla?
by: Cesare

Did you take Tulla to an avian specialist? What did it end up being?
Cesare just did the same thing this morning and he seems paralyzed on his left side. He had two episodes this morning.

He had the same exact symptoms, the screaming and all.

Mar 04, 2009
Timneh seizure
by: Tracie

Dr. B suggests that you take your bird to an avian vet. There really is no way to tell what is wrong or what happened without a physical exam. There is also no treatment he can suggest because you must treat what is really wrong and not waste time trying something that doesn't address the actual problem.

I know it is too late now, but you need to get a travel cage and allow your bird to be familiar and comfortable with it all year so that when it is necessary to use it, your bird will not stress out.

A cage like the Adventure Pack travel cage can be set up with familiar perches, toys, boings, water bottles etc. so that the bird will feel at home. It can also make a great hospital cage if the bird needs to be kept in a smaller cage.

Once you purchase a travel cage, put the bird and the cage on a table with some treats in the cage. Let the bird explore the cage on it's own. Do NOT lock the bird in the cage until the bird is comfortable inside the cage, if at all possible.

If you can borrow a travel cage from someone, I think the bird will be more comfortable going to the vet. I hope all works out for you and your bird.

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