Get Answers to Bird Care Questions. Ask a Bird Specialist.
Hi, This is Dr. Knafo. I am very sorry to hear that Monster is having these issues. I will try my best to provide guidance and advice regarding Monster's care. It would be helpful to know the species of bird that Monster is. I see she is 8 years old and in a new cage. Was this a cage that was purchased from a store or hand made by someone? Does she have access to roam through the house outside of the cage? My major worries when a bird has intermittent paralysis (or neurologic signs) and blood in the feces or rates is toxicity. The most common toxicity I see where I practice is zinc and lead. Its in more products than we realize (venetian blinds, many plastics, even bird toys themselves can be a source). What geographic region are you in? Is your house older and could possibly have lead based paint on moldings, etc? In addition to metal toxicity, another possible cause of intermittent leg weakness or paralysis in parrots is heart disease that has progressed to cause a reduction in blood flow to the affected leg or wing. This is called "claudication-like syndrome." It is the result of atherosclerosis just like people get and is more common in certain species of parrots than others. I would recommend that you encourage your bird to eat and drink as much as possible today, keep her quiet and minimize her stress and stimulation until you can get her to an avian vet tomorrow. If you have the ability to get her to an emergency clinic, I would recommend that as they can at least give her fluids and start any necessary medications like antibiotics, anti-inflammatory medications, etc. Please let me know if you have further questions or concerns. I sincerely ***** ***** has a quick recovery! Best of luck. Take care.