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What are Paralysis?

Depending on your bird and his age or health status, there may be many causes that instigate this condition. It usually affects the legs either in one or both limbs, rendering your bird quite helpless. Some birds can recover in a few days, others take much longer, or they may succumb to the disease that caused it. It is important to get your avian veterinarian's advice on treatment for your paralysed bird. They will be able to rule out certain diseases or deficiencies and then make an analysis of the remaining facts and symptoms.

Paralysis can occur quickly in your bird, and it is hard to determine what causes it due to many diseases having paralysis as a symptom.

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Symptoms of Paralysis in Birds

  • Inability to hold their neck up (potential of drowning because of this when the bird is near water) 
  • Your bird may be unable to control the third eyelid or neck muscles 
  • Paralysis can lead to predation with the bird unable to move to safety
  • Inability to use their legs and wings to move around 
  • Water and food deprivation can result in death 
  • Inability to perch properly

Types 

Paralysis can affect birds either partially or fully; in some cases, one leg is affected while in others both legs lose feeling and function. This will result in the bird’s inability to stand. The condition can be of sudden onset or may be a progressive event whereby it advances slowly.

Causes of Paralysis in Birds

  • Disease based paralysis – Several diseases have paralysis as a symptom including Marek’s disease in young chickens, and spastic leg paralysis in parrots including Rainbow Lorikeets, whereby your bird has difficulty clutching the branch because of clenched toes
  • Calcium deficiency or vitamin D deficiency
  • Tumors
  • Toxic causes of paralysis include exposure to nicotine tobacco products such as cigarette smoke 
  • Nerve damage caused by injury (the paralysis may resolve itself as the injury heals)
  • Viral diseases and infection 
  • Kidney problems can cause paralysis on one or both sides 
  • The parts of your bird’s body that may be affected include the neck (with the inability to hold the head up or eat) and the wings and the legs

Diagnosis of Paralysis in Birds

As in the case with any bird health problem, it is advisable to seek your veterinarian’s advice as early diagnosis and treatment may save your pet's life. It is easier to treat a disease in its initial stages than to try and attack it once it has established itself. Your veterinarian or avian specialist will examine your bird and ask about its history. They will want to know the type of home your bird has (aviary or cage, indoor or outdoor), whether any other birds are showing signs of paralysis, and what type of diet your bird is on.

Sometimes it can just be limited access to natural sunlight causing a nutritional deficiency (vitamin D). Birds on the same diet, day in and day out, may also have malnutrition in some vital areas. Diagnosis is made by excluding other causes of the disease. Tests for viral or disease footprints will allow him to determine what is causing your birds suffering. Often radiography, hematology, fecal smears and other such tests will be done to determine the cause.

Treatment of Paralysis in Birds

The treatment will vary depending on the cause of your bird’s condition, but even more so it will depend on the health or visible symptoms that are apparent. In a lot of cases, the exact cause is unknown, so treatment begins with treating obvious signs such as infections. Broad spectrum antibiotics can cure a bacterial cause. A change of diet and added supplements can help build up a weakened immune system or nutritional deficiency. Adding full spectrum lamps to provide healthy UVA and UVB rays during winter can help your bird. Corticosteroids and vitamin injections may be required, or fluid therapy during the first 24 -48 hours by injection may help. 

If your bird’s foot is clenched, the veterinarian may suggest exercising the foot by gently stretching it open to its normal shape, then moving the legs around as though it was bicycling. This may help the limb to restore the blood flow and get the leg moving again. There is no known ‘paralysis’ cure, it is a matter or excluding other causes and then making a treatment to suit the remaining facts. For some birds that are totally paralysed, you have to consider the quality of life and make the decision whether it may not be kinder to put the bird to sleep. If it is an aggressive disease, supportive care is the only solution.

Recovery of Paralysis in Birds

Some birds can recover fully in a few days or weeks. Your bird may remain with a clenched foot due to the paralysis, and it can live a relatively normal life. Birds tend to accept things and get on with life, and to date, there are no studies on how long a bird with a clenched foot will live. Having a caring home, your bird will live longer than its wild cousins. Sometimes if the paralysis only affects one leg, massage and exercising the leg along with continuing the treatment your specialist advises is enough to allow some use to return to the limb. Diet and lifestyle (clean cage, fresh water, sunlight) play a large part in the health of your bird. Your bird needs variety in his diet to ensure he is fully nourished and has all the vitamins and minerals he needs.

Paralysis Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

red eye budgie
budgrigar
3 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

inability to hold neck up

i have a budgie which was purchased 2 weaks ago.age of 3 months on molt also.now the problem is he always put his neck downwards. or inability to hold his neck up which u mention, but not always rather when he is eating or drinking he looks ok. but when he stand he put neck downwards even further when sleeping. dropings are good. not enough sunlight in my house probably thats why lack of vitamin-d or cal. i ask many friends but didnt get answer. one of my friend said that he will be ok if u put him under sunlight atleast 2 hours for 3 days.i gave 3 days antibiotic to him but didnt work. what u suggest

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parrot
indian
3 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

one leg is not working

respected doctor ,two day before i noticed that one of the leg of my parrot was not working.that leg is loose and it can't hold properly.i think it is a case of paralysis.We provides health substitution (vitamin) to my parrot. Please advice me what I can do for the improvement of my bird.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing your parrot, I can't say what might be going on, whether it is a muscle or nervous problem, or if he is having a nutritional or infectious disease problem. If there is a veterinarian near you that can see parrots, it would be best to have the bird examined, to see what the actual cause is so that you can know how to treat it.

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None
sparrow
1 Month
Serious condition
2 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Paralyzed , weird dropping
Paralyzed

2 days ago we found a sparrow fledgling in our backyard,he hit the window, he can't fly, can't stand on his legs although he can move them to flip himself and fell down.. his neck is weird, sometimes he wants to sleep in a weird position with his wings spread away. he doesn't want to eat although I tried to force him gently.. The droppings is weird, it's big and mostly creamy yellow with a small green spot, it's sticky too.
One last thing I wanna say, in my city there isn't any vet or any expert to see.. I thought he should be dead already but he's still trying to be strong. What can I do? I feeling so bad.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There may not be anything else that you can do for the sparrow other than keep him warm and comfortable. It is highly possible that he broke something when he hit the window, or has brain damage. He may recover, and he may not, sadly. If he is suffering, it may be kindest to take him to a veterinarian who can ease his suffering.

So even if he's being active day by day I shouldn't raise my hope? today he felt like eating, he was opening his mouth while I feed him unlike before (maybe he was attacking tho, I don't know).. also I have a budgie in my room, and I read about Newcastle disease or something like that, the injured sparrow had a weird neck so I worried that he have it although the neck and the dropping is the only symptoms I see for 3 days now. they're separate in rooms but still I'm worrying.

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Batkhu
chicken
1.5 years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis

Thanks a lot for your prompt reply. But Doctor how long should I wait for improvement? What If there is No improvement? Is there is anything I can do for him? for. E.g. give him Leg massage or some Oil ointment apply on his leg.
Is there any food supplement or electrolytes i can give to him for quick recovery?
Please advise.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There is no treatment in birds with paralysis, it really is a case of wait and see; there is no set time to see improvement but if you are not seeing any improvement after a few days you should visit your Veterinarian for a check but it may be a case that you may need to put him to sleep if his movement is impacted. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Should I give a b12 injection I'm a vet tech and i do rehabilitation I'm lost on this one

I have an owl he was fine he uses his head eats drinks uses bathroom but all of a,sudden he can't walk or sit up

my love bird one of his feet continuously shakes, he would be perched and his toes would just tremor, i can tell its uncomfortable for him as he cannot sleep properly without rocking or losing balance alomost.

Thanks for this information. It's really helpful. But I also have a situation that I need help, I e of my cockerel about 7weeks, 2days old suddenly started struggling to walk with its leg, though its still moving but its leg is almost totally apart and its stomach almost touching the floor when trying to move in the cage but its still feeding fine. I really don't know what to do because its my 1st time of rearing broiler chicken. Please help me... My mail address is " [email protected] " Thanks.

Thanks Dr.Callum for your prompt reply / advise. Now My Male Chicken paralyze Leg is getting better day by day. After three day he is start to stand on his both feet and now he is taking little steps as well, I hope he will be fine soon. But again thanks for your advise it really gave me a hope of his recovery.
Regards.

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Hermie
Starling
2 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Paralyzed legs and no voice

Found a baby Sterling a month ago. Have been feeding it and he has been doing great. Took him outside and he flew away. Saw no problems at all. An hour later I found him on the sidewalk. He has no voice at all and both legs are paralyzed

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say what caused a sudden change in Hermie’s condition within an hour from your releasing him to finding him on the pavement. Without examining him I couldn’t start to think what the cause would be. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

2 JUNE 2018 IN AFTERNOON I WENT OUT FOR SEEING MY BUDGIE'S CAGE. I WAS IN TREMOR TO SEE MY BUDGIE-ELIS GETTING PARALYSED. I WAS IN SHOCK AND DECIDING TO GO TO AN VET. MOMENT I TOOK HER OUT OF CAGE. SHE WAS PASSED AWAY. IT WAS MY TREMENDOUS INCIDENT.I CAN NEVER FORGET IT. I WAS SO SHAMEFUL THAT I CAN'T SAVE MY ELIS. I BECAME GLAD AND GLAD THE DAY PASSED UPON.



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Kiki
Long tailed parakeet
6 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Drags his legs.

There is a bone in the middle of kiki's chest which is protruding outwards very evidently. Is it because of only hunger? Ive hand fed him with sunflower seeds and some oil palm fruit but he refuses to eat it. He does seem to drink a lot of water when i offered it to him. Can you please give me some other food that i should feed him with? Maybe something more liquid? He lives in a cage with two other males and a female but that might not be the problem since kiki seems like the alpha male. He still drags his right leg which is splawed straight behind him and moves around with the help of his beak. His claws doesnt seem broken since he is able to cling onto my finger with his claws still. Should i keep massaging his leg? And i cant bring him to an avian vet as there are no vets in my country sadly. I hope you can reply to this email again. I would really appreciate it. Thanks in advance.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The link below it is a husbandry guide on long tailed parakeets which covers housing, diet and other factors; I know that some countries like the Maldives, Marshall Islands and others have no Veterinarians but I cannot give you any advice apart from general husbandry practices in this case. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.beautyofbirds.com/longtailedparakeets.html

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Pretty Boy
Male Indego Blue Peacock
6 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Hello. I have a 5-6 year old male peacock (Indego Blue), that has balled his left toes up and is having a hard time walking around. He has been like this now for about 2 weeks. He & female have a high protein diet food along with greens vegetables, fruit, some grass, and fresh water. I put red cell multi vitamins and wormer, along with antibotics in there drinking water once a week. I leave medicated water 24-36 hours and then chance to fresh water every few days. My birds live inside a 10x10x20foot pen with a dry top on it. They get plenty of fresh air and are in out of the weather. I can't determine why my male peacock has became crippled and is beginning to loose his feathers. He is not able to bred my female now. So I am asking anyone what can I do for him.

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Nemo
Lovebird Species
1 Year
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Healthy appearance, stretching behavior.

I adopted a year-old male Lovebird 2 months ago. He is housed with a female Lovebird in a cage within an aviary. I have been working on taming them before releasing them full-time into the aviary. They eat a balanced blend of seeds, daily organic salad greens, broccoli, flax and marigold seeds. For the past 2 to 3 weeks, I have noticed Nemo taking turns extending each leg forward over his perch and lowering his weight downward in what appears to be rhythmic stretching motions. He has been increasing in frequency and I am concerned it may be a precursor symptom to a disease. Is there a particular toxin, or deficiency which might cause this behavior?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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BIrds, like humans and other animals, do stretch; but repetitive rhythmic stretching may be indicative of something else. Avian medicine and behaviour is a subject to its own and it would be best to speak with an Avian Veterinarian regarding this behaviour. Generally, nutritional deficiencies (whilst common in birds) can be ruled out if the other love bird is not affected; other issues may be boredom or anxiety. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Henkie
Peach-Faced Lovebird
6 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

balled up feet

It's been four years since this happened, but I would still love to hear your opninion on this. When my lobvebird Henkie was around two years old he got very ill. His feet started to ball up, and he didn't have any power over his feet anymore, they were paralized. There were no other symptoms. The avian vet did bloodwork, examined his poop, etc. She kept him there and did more tests, but she couldn't figure out what was wrong. Her best guess was trombosis in the brain. At that time he was on a 100% seed diet, so a lot of fat. Now he eats muuuch better thankfully. So he survived and was on blood thinners for another two weeks and pain medication. One of his feet never recovered and is a sort of folded double most of the time. Both is feet are weaker then the feet of a normal lovebird. I was wondering if perhaps you had any ideas on what happened to him? I would really like to prevent this in the future obviously, and it concerns me that he got this when he was only 2 years old. I don't know where he came from as he was a rescue, he was bought from a pet store by his previous caretaker. I am sure of his age though because he still had the baby black beak when he came to me. Could it have had something to do with bad breeding perhaps?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many different possible causes and in a bird so young when it occurred I wouldn’t want to take a guess at what the underlying cause was; blood clots, trauma, nutritional deficiency among other causes may have lead to this. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Budgerigar Budgerigars
2 Weeks
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

tight torso
smelly green fluid from vent
paralyzed legs
stiffness in torso
stiff torso,
Lathargic

2 week old budgie, hand fed, suddenly weak and found laying partially on back, their crop was empty so it was fed per usual. came back an hour later to properly check on them and found to have little to no mobility in legs and had a stiff, "tight" torso.
legs have been stretched and exercised in a "bicycle" movement as they've been bordering purple.
torso was massaged clock-wise in hot water, then later after drying. massaging continued for a few hours on and off before a large amount of acidic smelling green fluid with white (as seen in healthy feces), this fluid had slowly come out on and off with the massaging but a large amount was expelled this time. budgie seemed to struggle to breathe after this and has been left to rest.
i've hand reared and bred birds for years this has never happened before, im sure it has sour crop but i don't understand the swollen and stiff torso along with the leg paralysis.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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With the years of experience that you have rearing birds, I am sure you know a thing or about budgies so I assume you are feeding and caring for them appropriately so husbandry issues can be ruled out. Possible causes may include decreased appetite (can lead to greenish faeces with normal urates), infections, coccidia among other issues. I would recommend that you visit an Avian Veterinarian for a faecal examination and once over as I am unsure of the specific cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Leather
guinea hen
One Year
Moderate condition
-1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis

I found my guinea on the back porch with apparent paralysis of her back legs. They are quite rigid when I attempt passive range of motion. She is holding her head up and is able to move her wings. I see no outward sign of trauma and all of the other birds are walking around as normal. My instincts have me thinking this is some sort of spinal injury. I currently have her inside and am limiting her movement. Any thoughts on other supportive measures?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without seeing Leather, I unfortunately cannot comment on what might be going on, or what possible treatments might be required. Leather would need to see her veterinarian to be assessed and any treatments that might be possible recommended. I hope that she is okay.

They are so many predisposing factors that lead to leg deformities or leg paralysis but diet take the first place,The broiler chickens are more prone or most susceptible to leg problems, make sure you feed your broiler chickens with balanced died including vitamins, minerals and,...
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Bobbi
Quaker Parrot
Unknown, assuming young.
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Leg paralysis

Two days ago a Quaker Parrot flew into my university's window and has not been able to use his feet/legs since. He is now able to crawl to his food bowl using his beak, and is showing great health in all other areas. Neck is fine, wings are fine. This is the sweetest bird I have every been around (my mother had two of these when I was younger so I'm aware of their aggressive tendencies.). I have been working with his legs the past couple days to try and get blood flow to area. Attempting birdie PT, if you may.
Some parrot rescue centers in my area that claim to do rescue,rehab, and rehome have told me they will take the bird in, but will not give him back after rehab- leaving me to be quite skeptical. I'm waiting to hear something from my area Wildlife Rehab Center that specializes in birds, including small raptors.
So, I'm wondering if I'm doing the right thing. What else can I do to help this bird ? He doesn't seem to be in any pain at all. Nothing seems to be fractured from hitting the glass, even though he landing directly on his back. Thankfully his neck was tucked. I have felt all along his spine and nothing seems to be tender.... however, he is not able to stand or grasp anything with his claws at all. He doesn't seem to be showing any signs of pain. Never seems to yelp/squack when I'm palpating or moving him. A vet at my campus tall looked at him immediately after the incident and said he was malnourished. Thankfully he has been eating and drinking and definitely has more energy than he did after the trauma.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Skeletal issues may be caused by malnourishment which may have lead to the paralysis, but normally leg paralysis is caused by trauma, infection or developmental problems. Avian veterinary care is a specialised area and it would be best to speak with an Avian Specialist as their health problems are unique compared to other species. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tiny
Oriental White Eye
2 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Slanting to one side

Hi, I have an oriental White eye. This bird was healthy and active when he flew into our kitchen window. Last night we noticed him slanting to one side. He has trouble perching and sleeping as he tried to keep straight and hold on to the perch but keeps falling off and waking up due to the imbalance. We gave him bird food (which he loved to eat) and honey (diluted with water) I am unsure of the age though We suspect it to be adult

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Nutritional deficiency is a possible cause for sudden issues, however with a bird with an unknown history we cannot be sure of it’s past. You need to ensure that Tiny is on appropriate diet as a commercial bird food most likely isn’t balanced towards his dietary needs, you should ensure that Tiny has a diet consistent with a diet in the wild (check link below). However, you should also visit an Avian Veterinarian to check other other possible causes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://lkcnhm.nus.edu.sg/dna/organisms/details/505

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Morning Dove squab 2 week old
Dove
15 Days
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Claws locked sitting on stomach

Two days ago my 2rescued morning dove squab jumped from a small height and suddenly not able to walk. I thought its tired or not nourished properly and fed with banana and mix pulse shake by dropper. Tday I noticed its claws are folded and not walking even when her mother coming to feed her. Resting on stomach

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that the squab has caused some nerve damage, muscle damage or skeletal damage from falling; without an examination I cannot say what the specific cause is. Continue to offer supportive care and allow him to rest. If you have an Avian Veterinarian in your city you should visit for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Boo
Conure
15 Weeks
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Wobbly when perched , stumbling

My new parrot is supposedly 15 weeks old and she has a slight wobble and trouble walking , although She can fly perfectly and eats and drinks a lot . I haven’t noticed any other symptoms to cause concern but I feel like I should tackle the situation before it becomes worse . Should I give her vitamins and other health supplements and wait to see any other tell tale signs of illness , or should I take her strait to a vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Given Boo’s young age, you should visit an Avian Veterinarian for an examination since the issue may be due to a congenital deformity rather than a deficiency in nutrition; birds need a delicate balance of vitamins and minerals and it is easy to give too much which may cause other issues. If you don’t have an Avian Veterinarian already, you may find one using the directory below. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.aav.org/search/custom.asp?id=1803

She also perches perfectly, just a slight wobble . But in comparison to my cockatiel she is very “clumsy “ , I’m not sure if that’s quite the right word , but she trips a lot and doesn’t really plant her feet well . This may just be due to her young age , but I’ve never really had a bird this young before , it may just be that she is hurrying to get away and stumbling in the process . could it be fear ?, Normal behaviour? Or cause for concern?.

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Buddy
Grackle
20 Days
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Unable to Stand

About a week ago at work I was brought a grackle fledgling who was really dehydrated and so my family and I nursed him back to health. When he was feeling better (squawking, eating regularly, hopping around) we started letting him outside (under supervision) to see if he would fly off but he is still currently missing some "big boy" feathers, so we tried to get him a bigger cage (where he could practice roosting and have more room to flap around). He enjoyed it during the day but refused to sleep in it at night and flapped around madly until i returned him to his previous cage. That next morning I noticed he couldn't stand? He rocks back on his "ankles" and his legs look perfect (unbroken, his toes still curl properly, etc.) And i assumed maybe he just tired his legs out from all the roosting and flapping but it's been three days and I'm worried?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure what might be going on with Buddy without seeing him, unfortunately. This problem with his legs might be related to the reason that he was found in the first place if he had an injury of some type. If it hasn't improved in three days, it would be a good idea to find a veterinarian who can see birds, and see what might be going on with him and how to treat it.

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Kiki
Long tailed parakeet
7 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lifeless legs

Hello doc, i have a pet long tailed parakeet and a few days ago it was doing just fine but yesterday when i reached home, i saw that it was lying on the ground and at first i thought it was sick so i gave it some medicine but today i realized that its legs seemed extremely weak. When i got him out of his cage and put it on the floor, he was depending on his beak to move around... I was wondering if you could perhaps give me some possible causes of this and whether this is leg paralysis or not.. My long tailed parakeet has been with me for more than five or six years but when i got it from his previous cruel owner, it was already an adult bird.. So is there a possibility that his age is the cause of this? Please help me doc. I love this bird of mine a lot.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is very difficult to say what the specific cause is as there are many possible causes which may include nutritional deficiency, infections, trauma (fell in cage), tumours among other causes. Without an examination, I cannot give you any specific guidance unfortunately and would recommend visiting an Avian Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Hazel
myna bird
2 Weeks
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Leg paralysis

I found a baby common mynah on the sidewalk and took it home. For a week it was perfectly fine, and starting to stand up and perch a bit. But all of a sudden it made an unusual squawking sound and started flailing around. Now it can't seem to be able to move it's legs at all, though shows no other signs of injury or distress.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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The mynah may have a parasite or infection that is causing it to behave this way, or it might have neurologic problems that caused it to end up on the sidewalk in the first place. It would be best to have Hazel seen by a veterinarian who specializes in birds, as they will be able to see the bird and have an idea what might be going on with it.

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Bluey
Budgerigar Budgerigars
7 Months
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Leg unable to hold things properly
Sitting on the bottom of the cage

My young parakeet is sometimes laying down on the bottom of the cage mostly on the corner. His right leg is paralysed, he can move it but it doesn't hold things properly.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Bluey it is difficult to say what the specific cause and severity of the paralysis is, you should try to take him to an Avian Veterinarian for an examination; I’ve put a link below to a directory of Avian Veterinarians which is world wide. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.aav.org/search/custom.asp?id=1803

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bailey
African Grey Species
6 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Seizures

Medication Used

Phenobarbital

is my african grey suffering/in pain - i am considering putting him down :( :( :(
paralysis in both legs, seizures, confusion. has stopped talking, very very tired, change in personality. stressing as he cannot use his claws and hangs on with his beak. very weak. bloods/swabs normal?? neurological

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say what may be causing these symptoms, if you haven’t visited an Avian Specialist already you should do (see link below for a directory). Without examining Bailey I can only suggest possible causes to be infection, poisoning, dietary deficiency among other conditions. However, you should prepare yourself for euthanasia if a cause cannot be determined or treated. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.aav.org/search/custom.asp?id=1803

thank you so much - we have been to avian vet - no diagnosis ?? neurological - have started phenobarbital (just yesterday) as we have been reluctant to start medication - but we are going to try for a short while. His calcium, liver, kidneys, weight etc is all good. swab also came back negative. He has become such a different bird - no longer talks, sleeps continually. He has never plucked his feathers (and still doesnt) He doesnt appear to be in pain - but the seizures are just too awful to watch.

Kind regards

Lisa

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Batkhu
chicken
1.5 year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Paralyzed Leg

Doctor I need your help / Advise about my Male Chicken. He is suffering with enteritis. I take him to the Veteran he inject him with some antibiotics on his chest muscle and provide me the 3 dose of Injections to give him daily one dose. But unfortunately for poor bird I hit the Injection on his leg muscle instead of chest muscle. After taking this injection he is start Limping just after the injection and till evening his one leg is paralyzed. Now the poor bird is unable to walk please provide me urgent advise what to do now?
I am feeling very guilty by seeing him unable to walk or stand.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you have injected into his leg muscle you may have injured a nerve running down the leg, there is no direct treatment and you need to take a wait and see approach to look for signs of improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thanks a lot for your prompt reply. But Doctor how long should I wait for improvement? What If there is improvement? Is there is anything I can do for him? for. E.g. give him Leg massage or some Oil ointment apply on his leg. Please advise.

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betty
Budgie
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

i found this budgie almost a year ago on the street. she wasnt able to fly and she was in shock. her wings are smaller than usual even tho shes a adult bird. i dont know whats wrong with her wings. theyre also shaking sometimes. i would be really happy if you could help me.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Bettty or being able to look at her wings, I'm unfortunately not able to comment on what might be going on with her wings. If they shake, she may have a muscle or nerve problem, whether is affects her life or not. If you are concerned, it would be best to have her examined by a veterinarian, as they can see her and give you a better idea as to what might be going on.

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Sid
Cockatiel Species
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Cant Move Legs

Bird can't not use right leg. Uses beak and wing to help move and climb, but otherwise healthy. Fine one day and the next couldn't use it. What is wrong and what can I do to help till the vet opens. She had a couple of long toenails that I have cut back, thought that may have been what's wrong or if she got her foot hung and twisted it. But I have not heard her scream or cry that's she's got hurt.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without seeing Sid, I can't comment on what might be the cause of his problems. It would be best to see your veterinarian to determine the cause of his problem and how best to solve the problem. I hope that he is okay.

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Nikka
Parakeet
2 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My pet bird only 2 months old does not sit properly by legs.Bird is unable to fly. Perhaps got paralysed. Sits on hand but does not sit straight.
Pl. tell what i can do. If any doctor nearby Vikaspuri New Delhi110018

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for a parakeet to not sit properly; these may include nutritional problems, tendon issues, trauma among other issues. It would be best to speak with a Veterinarian in your area, below I’ve added a link to a Veterinary Hospital in Vikas Puri, New Delhi - 110 018 (not sure if they deal with parakeets). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.dranandspetsclinic.com

hii sir, my parrot is unable to walk and what possible treatment should i give ?

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No name
Red whiskered bulbul
3-4 years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Weak looks like t

Hi,

Previously my uncle gave a song bird, it looks so active, i would say 100% healthy. Non stop singing (except when sleeping) but it was kept in a small box to deliver it to me, journey about 3-4 hours(estimated) but when i receive it looks so scare and weak (trauma?? I dont know), been keeping it about 2-3months, thank god its getting better, but still is not that healthy has before. Change food (pellets) & drink water daily, fresh fruits given daily, clean cage daily. Anything else that i miss out? What medication should i give? Please please help me

Thanks
Mr Farhan

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Songbirds can be quite sensitive especially when transported or moved to a new area; sometimes the trauma of the transport may cause behavioural changes (like with many animals) but I would expect that this would have been resolved within the past two or three months. When birds are transported in group of unfamiliar birds, infections may be passed one to the other which would need to be treated; also a new environment may have allergans which are affecting the bird. Check the food to ensure that it is a full complete diet for a songbird and check if there are any supplements available from your local pet shop; I cannot prescribe any prescription medications as I haven’t examined the bird. A visit to a local bird fancier's club to speak with them about common problems in your area (humidity, dust and other problems can affect a songbird severely). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

the bird i want to help is a wild one and its paralyzed because someone stepped on it well trying to help it....how do i help the bird by my self

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tom
Parrot
8 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

legs is paralysed and he cant walk

my paarot legs is paralysed and he cant walk his own is their treatment for paralysis if the vitamins and minerals is needed for him suggest me some of vitamins and minerals for feeding my bird

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are different causes for paralysis in birds which may include nutritional deficiencies; you should ensure that Tom is eating a suitable diet for his age and species. However, paralysis may also be caused by trauma, infections, poisoning among other causes; you should really have an Avian Veterinarian examine Tom to diagnose the underlying cause so the correct treatment may be given. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Crowy
Crow
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Can’t really use his wings
Can’t stand
Dropping head

Hi there yesterday I found a crow on the ground out side in the rain seemingly completely paralysed I picked him up and took him in he seems to alsoms have his legs ‘working’ but he can’t stand his head droops down and he can’t really move his wings he’s survived the night and will drink water if I bring it to his beak I’m just not sure what to do?!? Any help is appreciated also from what I have said do you think this is a thing he could recover from ( I must also add that we have a lot of birds of prey around our house and they do fish with the crows a lot not sure if that information would help but he hasn’t got and external injuries from what I can’t see) thanks Ruby (I don’t no how old he is it requires me to put and age so just ignore that)

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without knowing what happened to Crowy, I"m not sure that he will survive. Birds typically don't show signs of sickness or weakness unless they are very sick or hurt, as they are prey species. If there is a veterinarian in your area that can look at him, that would be best, or they may decide that humane euthanasia is the best option for her.

Hi I have a parrot but unfortunately his cage got dropped by me from three feet height. He doesn't got any injuries visible but his legs stopped responding and he stopped speaking to but in a week he started speaking but his legs are still not working. It is very hard for us to look him so helpless as he walks with his beak. What should be done so he can walk again please suggest

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