help i think my bird has brain damage?????

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help i think my bird has brain damage?????

Post by DragonFireWat » Fri, 19 Jul 2002 23:01:21



hello .. i have posted about my tiel brakeing his tail feathers... well he
broke another yesterday.... my tiel has now figured out how to climb(slide)
down the cage... which is a good thing. but when he goes down the cage he
slides and gets his feathers stuck inbetween the bars...any ideas to help him
down

question 2.. we have a plastic tray under his cage to catch any dropings of
poop or food that might fall there.. well he slides down (bending his tail
feathers) and allmost gets stuck but he gets out and acts as nothing happens...
have anyidea's to stop him from doing that

question 3 what are the tail feathers for..... and does he really need them
reasaon why i say that is becasue it seams like he brakes one at least every
week....

 
 
 

help i think my bird has brain damage?????

Post by oldmoll » Fri, 19 Jul 2002 23:29:42



Quote:
> hello .. i have posted about my tiel brakeing his tail feathers... well he
> broke another yesterday.... my tiel has now figured out how to
climb(slide)
> down the cage... which is a good thing. but when he goes down the cage he
> slides and gets his feathers stuck inbetween the bars...any ideas to help
him
> down

It sounds as though the bar spacing may be incorrect and too narrow.

Quote:
> question 2.. we have a plastic tray under his cage to catch any dropings
of
> poop or food that might fall there.. well he slides down (bending his tail
> feathers) and allmost gets stuck but he gets out and acts as nothing
happens...
> have anyidea's to stop him from doing that

Stop him from doping what??

Quote:

> question 3 what are the tail feathers for..... and does he really need
them
> reasaon why i say that is becasue it seams like he brakes one at least
every
> week....

He needs them for balance.

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help i think my bird has brain damage?????

Post by DragonFireWat » Sat, 20 Jul 2002 01:01:11


Quote:
>It sounds as though the bar spacing may be incorrect and too narrow.

i checked online and the spaceing is like 1/2" or something like that...>

Quote:
>Stop him from doping what??

from droping himself into the plastic tray
 
 
 

help i think my bird has brain damage?????

Post by KMuckl » Sat, 20 Jul 2002 01:07:34


It sounds like you have a baby.  They are sometimes just a little clumsy.  A
cage with horizontal bars instead of vertical bars might help (if the bars
are vertical they can also catch their wings in them and will be unable to
get free with out your help.  If you are not around and it happens it could
mean death) I have had this happen twice, luckily I was there both times.
In addition to balance tails are need to assist in flight.  If the feathers
are broken and did not come all the way out you might want to take it to a
groomer and have the remaining portion of the feather pulled.  This will
cause the feather to grow back in about six weeks rather than the next molt
which could be six months to one year.  With age and a full tail it will
become less clumsy.  I've had parakeets with this tail problem and currently
have a baby***atiel with the same problem it will grow back and should
eventually solve itself.


Quote:
> hello .. i have posted about my tiel brakeing his tail feathers... well he
> broke another yesterday.... my tiel has now figured out how to
climb(slide)
> down the cage... which is a good thing. but when he goes down the cage he
> slides and gets his feathers stuck inbetween the bars...any ideas to help
him
> down

> question 2.. we have a plastic tray under his cage to catch any dropings
of
> poop or food that might fall there.. well he slides down (bending his tail
> feathers) and allmost gets stuck but he gets out and acts as nothing
happens...
> have anyidea's to stop him from doing that

> question 3 what are the tail feathers for..... and does he really need
them
> reasaon why i say that is becasue it seams like he brakes one at least
every
> week....

 
 
 

help i think my bird has brain damage?????

Post by KMR » Sat, 20 Jul 2002 01:04:04


He's just goofy.  Birds are like that.


Quote:
> >It sounds as though the bar spacing may be incorrect and too narrow.

> i checked online and the spaceing is like 1/2" or something like that...>

> >Stop him from doping what??

> from droping himself into the plastic tray

 
 
 

help i think my bird has brain damage?????

Post by DragonFireWat » Sat, 20 Jul 2002 01:22:32


thanks they are vertical bars... there are 3 horazpontal bars.... which i think
his tail feathers get stuck on...
 
 
 

help i think my bird has brain damage?????

Post by oldmoll » Sat, 20 Jul 2002 04:46:07



Quote:
> >It sounds as though the bar spacing may be incorrect and too narrow.

> i checked online and the spaceing is like 1/2" or something like that...>

if his cage has half inch spacing it is too smal and not a***atiel cage at
al. I am not surprised  he is breaking tail feathers then.3/4 to an inch
would be better. What are the cage dimensions or even do you have a picture
of it. Breaking tail feathers like this means that something is badly wrong
somewhere and I woud hazard a guess that the cage is wrong.

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Post by DragonFireWat » Sat, 20 Jul 2002 10:17:21


it is the same cage that i have used with my other***atiel's and i have only
seen this with this tiel... like someone said young birds are clumsey..... and
this one is... it will be on a perch try to get off .. half way off he
rethink's his idea, falls upside down while*** on with one foot... really
funy to see...
 
 
 

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Post by Quan Yi » Sat, 20 Jul 2002 12:40:04


Quote:

> thanks they are vertical bars... there are 3 horazpontal
> bars.... which i think his tail feathers get stuck on...

   I have two cages, one with vertical bars and one with
horizontal bars. After several years, my two female 'tiels,
which I got at different times and from different sources,
became comfortable with being in the same cage, so I no
longer really need two. I have never had the problem that
you describe, though they like to slide down the side of
the one with vertical bars, too.

   I interchange them occasionally, which gives me a chance
to disinfect one cage with bleach as recommended by the vet,
and let it dry overnight. Right now, however, I just put them
in the cage with vertical bars, as it is not painted, and my
younger 'tiel has suddenly developed a predilection for biting
on the bars of the other cage, painted white, which I suspect
cannot be good for her! (See "Eating Paint (in Her Cage)!",
posted Tue, 25 Jun 2002.)

   It would probably be a good idea to get a different cage,
one with horizontal bars, even though this cage did work for
your other 'tiels, would be my suggestion.

Big Mama Bird

 
 
 

help i think my bird has brain damage?????

Post by oldmoll » Sun, 21 Jul 2002 00:19:00



Quote:
> it is the same cage that i have used with my other***atiel's and i have
only
> seen this with this tiel... like someone said young birds are clumsey.....
and
> this one is... it will be on a perch try to get off .. half way off he
> rethink's his idea, falls upside down while*** on with one foot...
really
> funy to see...

So even if it is too small and the bars are budgie width and not tiel width,
because your other tiels were ok in it, that is good enough. Just a though,
tiels live for up to 25 years, so assuming you have had at east 1 tiel in it
before this one, that means the cage is very very old. Time perhaps for a
new one?How many tiels have you actually *had* before this one and what age
did they get to?

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Post by DragonFireWat » Sun, 21 Jul 2002 04:50:22


actraul i have only had 2 ... and the cage is only couple years old. the first
tiel i had, i had to give it up because my brother was allegic to birds (which
we didn't know at the time) now he moved out so know we got another one...