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Old 09-16-2002, 20:43   #1 (permalink)
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need some bird help....please

My little bird, a weiro, has developed a limp in her walking. She is finding it very difficult to get from one side to the other in the cage. She can't even climb the sides to sit on a perch, so she is lying down in a bowl that has her seed in it. She seems quite comfortable but i am a little worried about her. She has a mate in the cage with her, So would it be best to isolate her?? And would it be best to let time take care of it, or should i see a vet.

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Old 09-16-2002, 20:49   #2 (permalink)
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XF I'd go to a vet but make sure it is a vet that can handle birds. I made the mistake once and it ended up costing my bird its life because the dude was only used to dogs and cats.

Its behaviour is not normal so best to do something about it, even if it is to find out that nothing can be done. At least you make an informed decision.

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Got a pic of a weiro?
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nah, not of her. But theres plenty on the net
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OK, found them ... Cockateils ... they are parrot family ... I have no cockateils but do have other parrots ... it is common if they are in too small an area to quarrel over perching rights and to bite each others legs. Obviously if one has a bad leg it can't perch so the dominant one gets to "own" the perch. This may be what has happened.

Do what Blurter suggested ... ring around some vets or ask friends who knows a good bird vet ... they are harder to find ...

Oh, and yes, in the meantime it is best to isolate her 'cos if it is her mate biting her she is very vulnerable to more attacks at the moment. I know it's very hard to watch over them all the time but that is about the only way you'll see whether this is the problem or not.
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Thanks for the info T3man.

She actually seemed ok yesterday, was walking around quite strongly and seemed all good. But today she had a tiny little limp. I think that during the night something scares her and she goes flattering real bad through the whole cage, trying to fly and stuff and injures herself. She has actually cut herself before but its never been too bad.

The cage is reasonably big, and there is more than one perch. So i don't think that the other bird would hurt it. At least I hope it isn't.

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If you have a good size cage and several perches then it is probably not the problem.

Birds (with some exceptions) are pretty much blind at night like us - when I was breeding budgies I had a night light in the aviary, which was on the verandah, and the switch right beside my bed - if they got night fright I would switch the light on for a minute till they found their perches again - worked good. I know some other ppl who had a permanent dim light on in their aviaries - it didn't stop the birds sleeping but gave them that safety net.
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