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January 11, 2019

Sunconure paralysis after laying egg

My 10-12 yr.old sunconure laid an egg & claws are now paralyzed. Brought her to vet & they stated may be permanent what should I do ?


Hi Carolyn,

I’m sorry to hear about this. She may have injured her back somehow when laying the egg. Did you take her to an Avian Vet? If you are not satisfied with the diagnosis, you might try to find a vet with more experience treating birds. I would expect them to have run bloodwork and check her stool. There are medications that could help, but the sooner given, the better the result. I have seen completely paralyzed birds eventually regain all use of their legs and wings, so I would not say this is a hopeless case. If she is not on a nutritionally balanced diet, this could be a severe deficiency of some type, such as calcium. Bloodwork can confirm this. I don’t know the extent of her exam or if tests were recommended or run, but again, anything like this should be done sooner than later for the best outcome.

Take care,


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