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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-18-2009, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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Finch putting his head back and falling down

Hi,
I work at a pet store here, and theres a little finch that my boss is letting me take home to see if I can make him better. Hes a cute little Paradise Whydah Finch, he was fine right up until about two or three weeks ago and then he started putting his head back on his wings, and almost losing his balance, sometimes actually losing it and falling on the bottom of the cage. We gave him a vitamin/mineral stone and have been scraping it over his food thinking it might be a defiency, and also gave him a few days of antibotics and some apple juice. He seems a little better, but still doing it pretty regularly. What do you think I should do to help him?
Thanks for any advice
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-18-2009, 08:11 PM
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Not a bird person and have no idea but something is wrong with the poor thing! find out where the store gets its birds and definetly take it to a vet,if the cost is on the store perfect ,but likely you will have to pay and then hopefully get to keep it for free.

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-18-2009, 08:24 PM
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He needs to see an avian vet.

We are as gods to the beasts of the fields. We order the time o' their birth and the time o' their death. Between times, we ha' a duty. - Terry Pratchett.

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-18-2009, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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unfornately theres none within 8 hours of here that speicalizes in birds, I'm going to try calling the vet the pet store uses though. Although he doesn't speicalize in birds, he is a extremely good vet and hopefully will have some advice
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-19-2009, 12:27 AM
 
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much better to ask a vet... poor little guy..
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-08-2009, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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I just thought I would update this. We never did find a vet that would look at him, but I researched other forums and talked to other people and the main thing that they said would help is vitamin D from natural sunlight so I placed him in the warmest room of the house and right in the window and has been doing excellent ever since. It must have only been probably about a month after I posted that, that he stopped, and it will be a year in March and *knock on wood* has showed no signs of it whatsoever!
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-08-2009, 08:56 PM
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very cool! Sunlight, eh? Would've never guessed.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-10-2009, 08:09 AM
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Thats nice Means he must have been deprived of it for sometime eh? Thats a sin, the pet trade is a viscious and cruel industry Makes me so angry!
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