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Tal

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Not sure if this is health related but this seemed the most likely place to ask.

One of my hens seems loathe to fly, has trouble keeping her balance when perching but shows all the signs of being in good health. Grooms regulary, eats well (Even feeds herself now instead of demanding the cocks do it). She is tame enough to perch on your hand but only if you give her the flat of your hand. If you give her just a finger she wobbles terribly. I have noticed that her tail in proportion to her body length is quite short. The two males tail is approximately 1/3 of total body length whereas hers is less. Would this cause the balance issues ?

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Can you post a picture of her front, back and on the side. The visual picture plus the description of what you gave would help us out ;)

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;) I'll see what I can do. She's not the friendliest bird though so it may take a while. (She likes to leap from her perch onto the back of my hand and bite the meaty part of my hand between thumb and forefinger. Unless she's not in the cage and then I have little chance to take pics.) Edited by Tal

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How old is she? Is she a show or pet type budgie? Sometimes old age in budgie can cause problems just like in humans.

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:D My silly, happy Monty has never been able to fly, is terribly unbalanced and totally uncoordinated. Vet says there is no reason why he can't fly. :D

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Unfortunately she is not going to co-operate and pose for pictures with out giving her some valium or something to make her a little more mellow :) She is one of the 3 that I got from a free to good home ad. I was told 4 years but she isn't rung. One of the cocks is rung and he was an 02 bird but again thats no guarantee. She is a pet type. After trying to get pictures of her I did notice that she seems to be a little erm . . . portly. The person I got them from didn't let them out and most likely gave them an all seed diet. Hopefully things will improve over time now that she gets time out of the cage and a varied diet.

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