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Advice (from Avian Vet)
Thank you very much for getting back to me so quickly - I really do appreciate it.
He does eat sweet-corn every day and loves it - and funnily enough he enjoys a rich tea biscuit which he soaks himself in his drinking water - but I will now add a pro-biotic to his food/water. I will also try to get him to eat a boiled egg (he won't touch chicken).
The local vet did say that his breathing is normal and that there was nothing going on with his nasal passages.
I just feel upset that he wants to lean rather than actually perch upright and most of the time now he is on two legs. I have added rope in his cage now which I feel is perhaps a bit softer and he also has wooden branches. I put him out almost every day in an Aviary so he can feel sunshine and experience natural branches for his feet.
I bought him from a pet shop where he was being kept in a ridiculously small cage - I have no idea how old he is as he was already an adult bird then complete with his neck-ring.
The vet I went to is a registered avian vet and he did have a good feel around for tumours etc. However, I was surprised that he did not perform any blood tests for further investigation. I will now follow all the advice you have given me including worming him and I may seek out another vet that I can take him to.
Thanks you again for your advice and I will keep in touch.
Owners response (2)
Just to give you an update on my Alexandrine, Adam. The new Vet I went to was extremely knowledgeable and examined the x-ray and found that Adam has arthritis in both of his knees which is why he is leaning forward and choosing to lie down on me. He has prescribed painkillers for the rest of Adam's life. He reckoned that Adam may be aged around 30-40 years so no wonder he is suffering. The x-ray also showed that Adam's liver was a little enlarged but nothing significant was picked up on the blood test results so I am very relieved about that.
Hopefully I will have Adam for a while longer now and he will feel a lot more comfortable when the painkillers kick in.