Our African Grey has been sick for over a month. He is lethargic, won't eat, won't drink and we have been feeding him with a syringe type feeder and he is not getting better
Hi there, this is Dr. Elaine.
I'd like to ask you some Q to get a better picture.
How old is the bird?
How long have you had him?
Do you know the sex?
Any vomiting or changes in the stool?
What is his normal diet?
I don't know what you are asking. There was no reply to me just asking me to reply to you.
Let me try again:
We have had him for about 7 years and he is about 8-9 years. He is vomiting and his stools are very clear, eats seeds, nuts, some pellets, and some fresh vegs and fruit.
My first concern is almost always diet in ill caged parrots of all species, yet African Greys tend to more readily and drastically affected by especially calcium-deficient diets.
Any bird who essentially stops eating for a month is at risk for fatty liver--a condition in which the liver becomes infiltrated (taken over, eventually) by fat that is breaking down elsewhere. Much more possible when high fat diets are fed.
If the bird is actually female, then egg production/problems can be involved.
Vomiting is not a very specific sign, but can be due to "sour" crop--yeast/bacteria/fungal, liver disease, viruses like Beak and Feather and others, heavy metal toxicity (lead, zinc).
He really needs to be seen by a veterinarian experienced in bird medicine. Some things are diagnosed fairly easily, other conditions require some detective work, but he needs supportive care either way.
Let me know if I may be of further help.
D.V.M. 24 years of small animal emergency and general medicine, including pet birds, poultry, waterfowl, and birds of prey.