As unusual as it may sound, when a bird loses control of their feet, grasping ability or balance without being physically injured, may be the result of an internal problem. --- Many owners will be convinced their bird has somehow broken their foot or leg when they see these symptoms of inability to stand (or difficulty), perching problems, loss of balance or holding their leg/foot clenched. --- Let’s go over a few of the more common:
Fatty liver disease is something that is often seen in a bird on a seed only or predominantly seed diet. No matter how much the manufacturer insists they are fortified and healthy, they are misleading all of us.
--- Skeletal problems, deficiencies and even toxicities can cause a loss of balance and restlessness in some birds, as well as the more common symptoms such as breathing difficulties, open mouthed breathing and so on.
--- A surprise to many owners is that a crop problem can be behind the symptoms too. Anything that contributes to an electrolyte imbalance/nutritional
--- As with all things that might go wrong with our feathered friends, early intervention gives us a better chance at keeping them around a bit longer.
--- Blood chemistries and X-rays should be expected (and encouraged).
--- Have your vet perform a blood serum test for zinc levels (just in case your vet isn’t an avian vet, zinc levels over 2 ppm are positive for zinc toxicity). There will also likely be elevated WBC’s (white blood count).
In the meantime, yes, you can try a couple of things at home: About a 1/2 teaspoon of glucosamine to one cup of water helps with some deficiencies. Exactly what you'd buy for yourself and arthritic joints.
You can also put a dab of it on your finger and put that to the side of his beak so he has to ingest it
Try some human baby food in the way of sweet potatoes, carrots, squash -- tap a spoon of this to the underside of his upper beak so he has to taste it. Chances are he'll want to know where you're putting it.
A regular calcium antacid like Tums - no aspirin or other additives - is sometimes thought to be a treat if you present it right.
I'll be here for you all the way - just keep me in the loop