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How much head shaking is 'Normal'???

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by allmypeeps, May 1, 2009.

  1. allmypeeps

    allmypeeps Songster

    Apr 9, 2009
    I tend to be over cautious but thought I'd ask....

    How much head shaking is normal....sometimes I think they do it alot, but then they stop....I see them do it a few times and then when I watch for it they don't do it....

    No discharge, nothing in their ears, they seem normal, act normal...

    at first I thought maybe it was because one is a factory rescue and she has a trimmed beak...I hear they can have a 'phantom limb' feeling that causes them to shake their head.

    But I got my RIR a yr later- her beak is in tact. She occasioanlly shakes her head, maybe once or twice in a minute then goes a while w/out doing it....just curious if this is normal so I can stop obsessing!

    They do not have access to loads of worms though have eaten some over the 2years I have had them...the thought of gapes freaks me out....found a distressed pigeon that had gapes and it had to be put down!!! should I be worming on occasion for Gapes and capillaria?

  2. norwich

    norwich Chirping

    Apr 8, 2009
    My chickens were doing the same thing. I suspected mites and used Permethrin. They stopped the morning after the treatment.

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