new bird very off balance

niamhandori

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So Koji my cockatiel who i got yesterday seems much more friendly and comfortable today. He is taking millet from me and he even jumped on my fingers to take it which surprised me!

The only thing i’m noticing is that he is extremely off balance and doesn’t like to walk anywhere and struggles to climb up. he fell off his perch onto the floor of his cage and he couldn’t get up so I used a perch and some millet and he went up on that.
His wings are clipped which i definitely don’t plan on doing i wasn’t aware they were going to be clipped. i’m very new to cockatiels my quaker is clipped and he seems fine and gets around like normal. i’m wondering if he’s been clipped too much and it’s affecting him.

Is it normal for young birds to be very off balance. he’s not moving from his flat corner perch so i had to put a spare food and drink bowl on that as he wasn’t moving to drink and eat. he is drinking and eating very well.

i’m just a little concerned with his moving as he just doesn’t seem to be able to get around well. so i wanted to check if it’s normal or i need to do something
 

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JackAndRob

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Any bird introduced to a new environment takes a while to adjust and they can seem incredibly clumsy. Jardine Jessie was forever falling about when we got her. She is very sure-footed now.

What type of perches do you have in the cage? Most cages come with smooth dowels that are really not suitable as they are difficult to grip. Natural wood perches (with bark) that have varying diameters are much better.

You might say that young birds are are a lot like young children - still building strength and coordination while exploring their environment. Mishaps can be frequent. Worth keeping an eye on though and if you're concerned, locate a vet that is an avian specialist. Under the current lock-down conditions, you may only be able to get a consultation over the phone initially, but they will probably have a way of accommodating an examination if they think that further investigation is necessary.
 

niamhandori

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all his perches are natural wood. That’s useful to know. Luckily we have a avian vets very close and if he doesn’t improve i’ll give them a call but i didn’t want to panic about it as like you say it could just be him getting used to his new environment
 

Lauraj

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Good afternoon, so sad about your poor little guy having his wings clipped.
My African grey, Bo, had one wing clipped and it looked the same as your little guys wings on that photo, very sad when i saw this on Bo.
Bo at the start struggled when climbing and fell off his perch a number of times, i changed all perches to wooden perches and a number of rope perch then a selection which file nails and have twists in them to help his feet. He also has a java stand for when he comes out which is a different kind of perch also.

He has started to moult and now his feathers are coming back in he is doing much better, he has started to flap his wings more and tries to fly which is sad but he was the same with not a lot of balance and i put this down to him not having his wings to steady himself, so possibly the clipping may be doing this to your bird also. Worth keeping an eye on him though and if needed to speak with an avian vet do so if you have any concerns.
When we first got Bo he was 5 months and liked to stay in one spot, not comfortable in moving round his cage, this was because he didn't know the set up of the cage, now we have had him 5 months he hangs upside down off everything, moves round the inside and outside of his cage like he never had any issues. It may take a while for your bird to get used to the new cage etc as the set up will be different than what he is used to.

Glad to hear that you don't plan on clipping your bird again.
 

niamhandori

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yeah i agree with that. I had no idea they would be clipped if i had known i would have asked for the not to be. i just hope he gets his balance back soon
 

Michael Reynolds

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I am sorry if I answered you quite abrupt but seeing just the way your birds have had its wings clipped did and dose make me angry, the last bird I had dealt with that had been cut like this ended up self mutilating that caused its own death. Cockatiels are so easy to train given patients ,love, understanding and patients, I know clipping is common in some countries but if it had to be done it should be clipped properly, sorry I can see that the last two flight feathers had been left but only the four or five feathers next to the two outer feathers should ever be clipped and this should be done using the correct cutting impliment. to me your poor bird has had its wings butchered, I can only recommend never buy another bird from the place you have done. I think in your other post you said about your other bird being clipped as well (forgive me if I am mislead) I am not having a go at you and will wish to help and support you and your birds. none of my large flock are clipped. I work with love and understanding, some of mine I can fly out side, Koji I do hope will get its wings again so you can learn you have a bird and not a two legged rodent.
 

niamhandori

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Yeah i definitely won’t buy from them again.

i’m very against clipping as it just causes
problems and i love them being able to fly. i was very shocked that his wings were so clipped i didn’t think it looked normal for clipped wings.
he can still fly a bit but he’s not great at it which is expected with how his poor wings are.

my other bird is clipped yes but he was from another pet shop and i wasn’t too well educated on pet shops and things.
it took me a while to figure out my other birds wings were clipped and he gets around like perfect really he can fly to me and can fly away if he needs too.

of course i won’t be getting his wings clipped i never choose for their wings to be clipped and if i could go back in time and tell them not to do it i 100% would.
i just want Koji to be ok, be well and be able to fly.
i am planning on getting another bird at some point in the future however i’ll be going private and i’ll ask for them to not clip their wings.

it’s heartbreaking to see Koji like this and all i can hope is that they grow back well and quickly for his sake
 

Roz

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Wow - that's a severe wing clip! Young birds can be clumsy. When I got Kobe as a baby I gave him rope perches that were easier for him to grip. I wonder if Koji was allowed to fledge because if not, his chest and wing muscles won't be as developed as they should be, but he can certainly learn to fly later.
 
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