I have a question about a male Eclectus about a twitch he has
Posted 02 September 2010 - 12:23 AM
Posted 02 September 2010 - 01:15 AM
I would always take a new bird to an avian vet for a "well bird examination" to see if there are any issues. If the owner is confident in the health of their bird they should have no problem if you offer to take the bird to a vet at your own expense before deciding whether or not to adopt the parrot (invite the owner to come along).
Posted 02 September 2010 - 01:17 AM
Involuntary wing flipping and toe tapping are diet related issues that are specific to eclectus'. Usually this can be corrected by providing a better diet WITHOUT added supplements (which are usually responsible for the problem)
Posted 02 September 2010 - 04:47 AM
I've also heard of Eclectus who wing-flip when they are ill. I know of a female that was plucking a bit, especially her legs, and wing-flipping. Her owner tried dietary changes as well as a collar to keep her from plucking to no avail. Finally an experienced Eclectus owner suggested they culture her skin where she was plucking and the vet found yeast/fungus (Candida). She was treated and has stopped wing-flipping and plucking.
If the "twitching" they are describing is NOT this repetitive, involuntary lifting and settling of the wings, especially overnight, then they might be talking about him leaning a bit forward on his perch and slightly lifting his wings in sort of a quivering manner. I have a female that does this fairly often. She can fly, but was not properly fledged before I bought her, so is not adept at flying... what I call a destination-only flier. She will assume this posture if she wants to go somewhere or sometimes if she wants my attention. My vet calls it "begging" and says some birds are more prone to this than others. She is not begging for food. She is needy at these times. I usually encourage her to fly when she does this, and she will either take off flying, or find something else to do.
When you visit his current owners you'll have to ask lots of questions and pay close attention to him. I believe, if you see him doing this while you are there during daytime hours, it is likely not wing-flipping. BUT, I'm no expert, just an Eclectus owner.
Edited by sodakat, 02 September 2010 - 05:30 AM.
Posted 02 September 2010 - 07:03 AM
On-topic, i'd havea vet checkup too. Although i am not by any means a Eclectus expert, this is what you read on all reputable sites (and hear from breeders) "Beware of twitching, toe tapping and excessive screaming in young birds, ekkies can get screamy from malnutrition and premature weening"
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