Welcome to JA. I'm Dr. Jeanne Smith. I'll do my best to help you with home support care and advice for the best course of action. What you're describing sound like he may have a neurologic problem. Because it's been going on for so long it could be a toxic exposure to something before you got him or it could be a congental problem like epilepsy or heart disease. Is he very thin? If he's very thin he could just be very weak and have other things that cause weight loss and weakness, making it seem like a neurologic condition.
If he isn't thin then it sounds like this is a neurologic problem. You'll need to get him to an avian veterinarian for diagnosis to see if it is a treatable cause like a toxin or manageable like epilepsy. There are medications that can help with the episodes of falling and looking dazed. In the meantime, put him in small cage with a folded towel at the bottom with paper over that so it pads any falls he has. Or you can put him in a carrier so he can't perch and fall.
If he has epilepsy he'll probably stay the same as he is now or maybe get more frequent episodes of falling. If you're keeping him in an environment where his falls won't injure him, he can probably live with that. If he has a zinc toxicosis if he's no longer exposed to that he should eventually get better without treatment. Just to be sure, do you use vegetable twist ties to attach things in his cage? If so, does he chew on them? Does he chew on any hardware or rubber objects? does he chew on any painted surfaces?
I think it safest to wing trim him so he can't attempt to fly. If you put the perches lower he may just try to climb higher, birds like being as high as they can. See what he does, but if he climbs and clings to the cage side, put the perches back up.
Not if he's going to fly. If he has an episode while flying he can hurt himself badly.
You're welcome. Thank you for the kind words.
I'm so sorry to hear Moe died. I sent a reply a little while ago but I guess it didn't send. You can offer her a mirror or you can cut out a photo of a parakeet about her size and put it up to the side of the outside of her cage.
Did you see my response about trying a mirror or a cutout photo of a parakeet? If those don't work she will accept another bird so you could get her a new one.
If you don't want to get a new bird right away, try the mirror for a few days and see how she does. If you decide to get a new bird put it in a cage side by side of Bonita so you can see how they react to each other. It would be better when you introduce them together to put her in the new one's cage so she isn't being protective or territorial of her cage.
How old is Bonita?
You can examine the feet and legs to see if you see any thing different between the two. If this is just something she does occasionally it may not be significant. See if you see any redness on the bottom of the foot or any bruising anywhere or any damage to a toenail.
Yes, nails are too long. See what she does when they get trimmed.
If you've never done it before can you take her somewhere to have them do it and show you how? Yes, you can hurt her if you don't know what you're doing. You wrap her in a towel and cup her in the palm of your hand, don't encircle her chest. Hold one foot and one toe at a time and use human toenail trimmers to trim off the thin, curved overgrown part of the nail. Make sure you have Quick Stop or some other cautery powder open and handy in case you hit the quick.
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