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I have an African that I adopted from my friend 2 months ago

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I have an African gray that I adopted from my friend 2 months ago and she is 9 years old for the past week she hasn't been talking and today I noticed she is sitting in the bottom of her cage when she goes in her cage. Is she ok? Should I be worried? Please help!!!!!
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 3 months ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your situation, and wanted to help.

Now unfortunately Dodo isn't giving you any clear signs of what is amiss, but to see a bird showing non-specific signs of feeling unwell is a concern. As a prey species, birds are notorious for hiding that they feel unwell (since letting the world know will make you a target for predation), so to see these obvious signs ring alarm bells that you do need to be concerned and would want to act before this can advance. As long as she is breathing comfortable and stable, you can consider monitoring until her vet is open. Any change to that and we'd need her seen sooner. In the meantime, we'd want to keep things stress-free, keep her eating/drinking and warm (cover 3 sides of the cage and you can even add a heating pad under half of the cage in case she is feeling chilled) until her vet is open and able to give her a full check up. Once they examine her, they can help you determine what has her off color and address it before it can progress or take any toll on her.

Just in case you do need an avian vet and do not have one already, you can check where you can find one at near you at:

AAV (http://www.aav.org/search/), Avian web (http://www.beautyofbirds.com/recommendedvets.htm), Lafeber database (http://lafeber.com/pet-birds/find-an-avian-vet/) or Birdsnway (http://www.birdsnways.com/birds/vets.htm).

Kind regards,

Dr. B.

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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 3 months ago.
Hi Arsy,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Dodo. How is everything going?

Dr. B.

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