Parrot lovers are happy to watch their pets, play with them, communicate, listen to their return whistling and conversation. You do not get bored with such positive pets. If can’t a parrots fly, it is a reason to worry, because such a condition does not speak about anything good.
When parrots start to fly
Almost every feathery is created by nature for flights. Even a non-flighting kakapo parrot is able to plan from a tree branch, what can we say about other parrots. Flying for a parrot is a vital necessity, even if it is kept at home.
If parrots can fly regularly outside the cage is much healthier physically and mentally than one who does not.
At about the age of one month, newborn chicks are already able to make their first flights.
When you buy a parrot, it should be given time to adapt. You should not let it out of its cage from the first days. A bird, who has not studied the new territory, may panic as it hits the window panes, hitting the furniture and mirrors. All of this can lead to serious injuries. Therefore, a pet should be given at least 2 weeks to study the new environment and get used to it. How to make the adaptation after buying from a bird as easy as possible.
When the bird will trust you and will not be afraid of the hand, you can start releasing it in a free flight around the room. Take your time, or you will face another problem: how to catch the parrot that flew out of the cage.
Warning! Make sure that the bird flies without risk to his life: close the windows, remove all objects that are dangerous to him, remove pets that can attack him, control the communication between the pet and a small child.
Why can’t parrots flying
If a parrot started flying badly or stopped doing it at all, most often it speaks about the mistakes made by its owner in food and maintenance. There are also several other diseases that lead to the inability to fly. In most cases, this problem can be solved, and most importantly, it is possible to start doing it in time.
Parrots have a very fast metabolism, especially wavy parrots. Lack of food for 6 hours is already a great risk to their lives. Improper nutrition disrupts metabolic processes, which leads to malfunctions in the whole body.
If your pet becomes apathetic, sleeps constantly, and does not move much, loses plumage – this may indicate a lack of essential minerals and vitamins in his body. Weakened from a lack of nutrients wings are simply unable to lift the body of a featherbed.
A balanced diet of parrots:
- different types of millet (white, red, black, yellow);
- oat grains;
- canary seeds, hemp, flax;
- fresh vegetables, berries, and fruits;
- crushed porridges cooked on the water;
- seedlings of cereals or boiled grains (two hours after putting such food in the feeder, the remains must be cleaned, because they will not benefit the poultry anymore);
- sepia and mineral stone (in addition to mineral feeding, the parrot has the ability to grind its beak about them);
- a freshwater good option would be to feed your pet ready-made food for parrots, they have a balanced and balanced composition of the necessary ingredients. Another thing is that you must be sure of the quality of the food.
Do you know? How do I check my feed for quality? Germinate some grains from the packaging. If after two or three days they haven’t sprouted, it means that the parrot will not benefit from this kind of food.
If the reason why the parrot does not fly is because of its poor diet, then, having corrected its diet, you have the opportunity in two-four months to see again the cheerful wavy, ready to fly.
A big problem in many parrots is too much food and a tendency to obesity. The portion in the trough should be rationed, the pet should be fed strictly by the hours at the same time.
Important: Parrots like seeds and nuts, but because of the increased content of fat, such products should be in strictly limited quantities.
It is not necessary to constantly feed the birds with vitamin fodder – it is food that is given in small amounts or courses.
From the symptoms of obesity can be noted the appearance:
- unwillingness to play with your favorite toys.
Apathetic and lazy apronate does not want to fly.
In a tight cage, the bird has no opportunity to turn around. It can not park from place to place and has to move a little. If you do not have the opportunity to install a cage six to eight times larger than the size of a wavy parrot, then give the pet the opportunity to spend as much time outside of it flying around the room as possible.
To maintain muscle tone and strengthen the bones outside of the parrot’s cell, the parrot must be located:
- every day for at least 20 minutes to 1 hour;
- or every two days 40 minutes to 1.5 hours.
Another big mistake made by the owners is to keep the pet in the cage at all times. For some reason, the bird is not allowed to fly to spread the wings on the loose, which leads to atrophy of the wing muscles. They just “forget” what they are intended for.
Perhaps you have large pets in the house, which can be dangerous for a flying parrot on the loose. In this case, keep the parrots in a spacious cage where it can fly. Or do not start it at all.
Stress and depression
Birds are extremely sensitive to change. Stress can cause anything:
- moving to a new place of residence,
- change of host,
- the appearance of a new family member,
- the appearance of a new pet,
- attack by a cat or a dog,
- even a cell change.
When a parrot has undergone stress, it may start losing plumage, refuse to eat, and stop flying.
If you determine the cause of stress and, if possible, eliminate it, gradually birds will calm down, will come back to normal, and start flying again.
Birds are subtle companions. They always feel the attitude of their favorite hosts. When they stop playing with a pet, they do not communicate much, they feel lonely, refuse to fly, start plucking feathers, get sick. If for some reason you leave the parrot alone for a long time, make him a friend, the two of them will always find something to do, will not belonging and will not feel unwanted.
Parrots are active and curious consciousnesses, and they are quite shy. All these factors often lead to injury to the legs and wings. A bird may get stuck between the bars of the wrong cage, get caught by curtains with sharp claws, sweeping around the room, hitting the furniture and window panes.
If you notice that your parrot hit, gently take it in your hands and look at the wings. If they are irregularly shaped, not symmetrical, it is likely that the bird has a dislocation or fracture.
See a doctor immediately, it is necessary to put a splint on a featherbed to make the bones fit together correctly. After 12-14 days, if you do nothing, his bones will not join together correctly. As a result, such a parrot flies badly or does not fly at all.
Serious disease, affecting mainly young wavy parrots, is less common in other species. French molting manifests itself in five to six weeks of birds beginning to leave the nest. Typical symptoms of the disease:
- excessive molting;
- breakage of wing and tail plumage after a flight or even during flight;
- dried blood spots remain in the place of fallen feathers;
- the tips of some feathers are filled with red fluid.
The heavier the disease form, the more feathers the parrot loses, up to complete baldness.
The birds, affected by French molting, become non-flight and are called ‘runners’. Most of them can never fly again and will only move in step or run. The disease is considered incurable.
Infection, Fungi, and Parasites
If the reason why the parrot badly flies is any disease, it is not always possible to detect it in time, and therefore it is not always possible to restore the ability of the parrots to fly.
If during the inspection of the beak, legs, and feathers you notice small holes, bites, and scratches, it indicates that the bird is affected by parasites. The intoxication due to their activity has a negative effect on the nervous system and brain of the pet. It loses coordination and perception of space. The strongly weakened body is the reason why the parrot has stopped flying, because, trying to rise in the air, it immediately falls without any strength.
To determine what kind of parasite the bird is infected with, you should visit the veterinary clinic. The treatment is carried out with special drugs, ointments, which are applied at the sites of lesions. In this case, the bird should be isolated from the rest, and its cell with all its contents should be thoroughly disinfected. The sooner you start to treat the parrot, the more chances to save its life.
Fungal disease aspergillosis has such symptoms:
- The parrot can hardly breathe by opening its beak;
- starts to refuse to eat;
- shakes its head and pulls out its neck, trying to breathe more air;
- loses its voice;
- a liquid stool appears.
Usually, this disease affects birds with a weakened immune system. In turn, the weakened immune system is caused by stress, vitamin deficiency, draughts, overheating, excessively dry air in the room.
Aspergillosis is difficult to treat and only according to expert recommendations.
The most difficult disease to diagnose is an increase in the thyroid gland. Even if the pathology is determined, it is very difficult to cure your pet.
Because of the hormonal failure of the parrot quickly gets tired, breathes heavily (it suffers from breathing), so it becomes difficult to fly.
If the disease is detected in time, the bird takes the treatment prescribed by a specialist and eats food with the addition of iodine. This increases the likelihood of recovery and returns the birds to their normal way of life.
If can’t a Parrots Fly well, do not ignore this condition, determine the reasons. This will allow you to understand what to do to avoid the death of your pet and to return him to his usual way of life.