I need to get a video of this. Maui is always concerning me with her apparent deterioration. Lately she appears to be struggling to climb around her cage. She still does climb around, but she seems so slow. She was always slower than Manzi, but I think it has gotten a lot worse. Even stepping onto my hand seems to be a precarious option. Before, I used to let the birds get one foot on my hand and I could began moving and they would quickly hop on. Manzi still does that, but with Maui I have to hold my hand very still or she will lose her balance and fall. Once she is on my hand, she is just fine and squeezes really tight. She seems to trip a lot though. I have been weighing her and she is still a good weight. She also chatters just as much as ever.
I know some of you have had older Greys. Did this happen with your birds? I've noticed this slowing down over the last year.
Monty has had problems with his feet all his life so he finds climbing around more difficult. However, he is more active than Mitzi. She will often just sit on her perch for ages doing nothing but Monty is usually always playing with toys. Does Maui seem to have any problems with her eyesight?
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I do think she has eyesight problems. She doesn't seem to see things very close until the last minute and will startle. I have to be sure to keep my hands in her eyesight and talking to her for her not to flinch with touches. I have been noticing that about the same time. I wonder if maybe it is connected.
Maui is doing much worse today. She's not even standing properly. She's resting her body on her wings and keel bone while standing, like in a really crouched position. I will take her to a vet asap. Her weight is still normal and she's still talking just as much as usual. I really don't know what could be the problem.
Here are some photos. As you can see, Maui is resting her wing on the perch. She's leaning off to the side. We have two board certified avian veterinarians nearby, so hopefully one of them can see her today. This morning she doesn't seem any worse. I was quite worried last night about her. I am even worried that she's going to fall off her perch and hurt herself. I will move all the perches down towards the bottom of her cage.
Still, she greeted me this morning and is whistling away.
Really hope it's nothing serious. How old is Maui? Sheeba will occasionally sit the same way, crouched over sort of. The crouching over started when she had a cracked pelvis about 2 years ago, it healed fine but sometimes she will limp. She was falling off her perch at night a few days a week, I put another perch behind her regular/most used perch, so when she falls she can catch herself on it. She seemed to be falling backwards.
I have seen Monty doing that too but only rarely and not on a regular basis. I thought it was because his legs or feet were tired or troubling him as it must be more of an effort for him to climb around.
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I just got back from the vet. She took x-rays and blood tests. The x-rays didn't show anything obvious, but a lot of geriatric symptoms. She has arthritis, a bad heart, inflamed kidneys, and possibly chronic lung issues. Hopefully the blood tests will help pinpoint the cause of her sudden issues. I don't think her arthritis could have such a sudden onset and make her stand like that. Right now, she's even worse and her head is hanging down well below her perch where she is standing/crouching. She can still grip strongly with her feet, so the vet said she isn't just weak. But another option is her stance is due to pain, which, if true, is horrible. The vet gave me pain medication for her and some extra vitamins. I don't want her to be in pain and suffering.
Jane, to answer your question about egg problems, it isn't that. I felt her and couldn't find any bound eggs and the x-ray didn't show anything with that either. It did show a buildup of grit and the vet asked if I fed her any grit. I have never given her any, so the vet said maybe it was her previous owner. I've had her 6-7 years now and would have thought that'd leave her system by now. Luckily, she is still eating and drinking. I did like this vet, but Maui was pretty terrified in the office and screamed almost the entire time. I felt really bad for her. It is so tough to see her like she is. I wish she looked happier and I really don't want her to be in pain. I'm not sure if she is or isn't. I'll let you guys know tomorrow what the blood results show.
The vet did want to keep her overnight, but with how stressed she was at the office I opted out of that and actually the vet agreed that it might be best for me to just keep her at home. The only thing the vet would do is give her pain medication, but I can do that myself. I think her being in familiar surroundings is more important.
Now Maui is sleeping. It was a tough day at the vet's office.
Out of the blood tests and x-ray, the only major thing showing is an enlarged spleen. A second vet gave confirmation of chronic lung issues and said her knees are very deteriorated. More tests will come back tomorrow and the vet said she is going to conference with others to take a look at everything together to see if they can figure out what is going on.
The vet said they will probably need more tests and possibly biopsies, but I'm not so sure about that. With all of Maui's health issues, she is very fragile. She can hardly stand and last night she slept on her perch, but with her head dangling down rather than tucked behind her wing like normal. She had a really hard day yesterday with going to the vet. I don't think I want to put her through that again. I will wait to see what the vet says and can make a decision after that.
Right now she's such a fragile little one. She can't make it to her water dish anymore either, so I'm giving her water every couple of hours. She has still been eating just fine though. She even weighed a bit more today than yesterday. She has stopped talking though and this morning didn't even greet me with any noise. She made a few sounds today, but not her usual chatter.
I am really worried that she will fall off her perch in the night. Last night I tried putting her on the floor of her cage with soft bedding, but then she just tried to get back up to her perch. I heard her struggling after I went to bed, so I got up and saw her stuck trying to climb up the bars. She couldn't quite reach the next bar up and was just kicking her legs trying. So then I put her back on her top perch. I think she can break something if she falls though. Maybe I'll just keep soft bedding below her.
Today she's perked up quite a bit. She's finally standing up again. She ate some banana and even used her foot to hold it. I haven't seen her climb down to her food dishes and she is still being pretty quiet, but she looks a lot better. Maybe the pain medication is kicking in?
Lowering her perches is a good idea. Since she's right next to Manzi, I think I'll lower both of their perches. Manzi is a lot quieter than normal too, but I think that Maui really gets him going and without his chatting partner, he's not as enthused.