Won't Fly

by Mandi
(Iowa, USA)

I have a 3 year old Green Cheek Conure who we think got a concussion on Saturday, he took off flying and landed on the curtain, then acted as though he was disoriented and tired. We called the ER Vet and they said it sounded like a concussion but couldn't determine for sure without seeing him and said we could bring him in for observation or watch him ourselves and if in an hour he wasn't better to bring him in.

He improved and started acting normal and has acted normal over the past days (he eats, drinks, poops, sleeps, baths, and acts normally) except, he won't fly unless he has too. He stretches his wings normally and lets us touch them just fine. He also doesn't have any deformity to them. We have made him fly a couple of times and he flies just fine and lands where he intended and just fine.

I am his primary "parent" and he doesn't like me to be out of his sight he has always been that way and a couple of times I have gone out of the room he's in and he has flown to me or I have gone upstairs and he has flown up stairs to me just fine. He also has flown up to the top of our kitchen cabinets and down from then landing just fine. Once in his room he flies from his perch to his cage just fine as well. I think he maybe just gun shy still about flying but Im not 100 percent sure. Do you think I should have him seen by his avian vet?

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Dec 31, 2011
Bird won't fly
by: The Avian Vet

Yes, he needs to be seen. You should have blood work and x-rays done. Exercise intolerance can be related to many health problems including high cholesterol, high triglycerides, polycythemia, nutritional deficiencies including calcium and others. I do not think this is a concussion. And, if this had been a concussion, the veterinarian should have instructed you to come in IMMEDIATELY.

Head trauma needs treatment within 2 hours. Waiting, especially in a bird with no visible symptoms could lead to significant neurological damage and even death without treatment. Head trauma does not usually cause immediate signs, but can be 24 hours before anything shows, and then it is too late.

Dr B
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