Post: Toe Tapping Ekkie
Posted by Sarah on 5/24/06
What a week for Gypsy! I bought roudybush (the small ones
shaped like little tiny rabbit pellets). And two different
kinds of pellets with no color added. I was worried about
the colored Zupreem & pretty bird even tho that's what
I've been buying. Gypsy started coughing one night & my
dogs went crazy. She was ok. But in the morning, she
coughed twice & never spoke a word. She goes thro a whole
routine in the morning with my Macaw - hi baby, hey pretty
girl....not one word! So I took her to work with me.
Watched her all day. She was fine. (Gypsy always dips her
food in her water bowl before she eats it. I change her
water 3X a day). Won't touch water bottle. I've been
feeding her a soft food diet w lots of soft veggies & soft
fruit - hard boiled egg - since her "episode". I slowly
introduced her seed & pellets again after her choking bit.
She's been fine. Yesterday, I brought her out on the porch
when I got home from work. She had a string tangled around
her foot from her cage cover. I got it off, no problem, no
harm done - it just happened yesterday & could not have
been on her foot long at all. There's nothing - no
swelling, bleeding, she puts weight on it. I woke up last
night to her making funny noises in her cage. I came down
to find her "toe tapping" on her perch. She's still doing
it today. (She just had a complete exam about two months
ago). She's only tapping one foot & I'm too stupid to
remember if it was the one w the string. No damage done, I
thought. She keeps flexing only the one foot constantly. I
feel so bad, it has to keep her awake. She's acting
completely normal otherwise - playing, talking, eating.
Just tapping or flexing that one foot constantly. I read
in one of my Birdtalk magazines that toe tapping is caused
by excess vitamins & can go away. I tried to be so
careful, watching her vitamin A & giving lots of fruits &
veggies. She loves every veggie there is & any fruit;
unlike my picky Macaw who will say "no" and throw her
least fav foods. Gypsy never choked on her food before
till I gave her these pellets & the roudybush. I haven't
given her any of the non colored pellets I bought since
she choked. I was worried about the coloring, that's why I
switched. My Macaw loves the "grape shaped purple ones".
And she's bad as ever! :) Now I have NO IDEA what to feed
my Ekkie! Is this toe tapping - what she's doing with her
one foot? She's acting totally normal otherwise. (I
thought I had a really lousy week), I feel soooo bad for
her. She's such a baby doll. It's been one thing after
another this week for her. But she's playing, talking,
acting completely normal. We were soooo happy to hear her
morning routine again! I can get her to a vet no problem.
I just don't want to stress her if I don't have to. Any
ideas? Thanks so much for listening. She's my baby.
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Toe Tapping Ekkie, 5/24/06, by Sarah.