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Re: Sideways head on blue black masked lovie

Posted by Evelyn on 5/11/06
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    Could she possibly be blind in one eye? I have a Fischer's
    hen who tilts her head. She is a wonderful mother though!


    On 5/08/06, Rowena wrote:
    > Hi all,
    >
    > Here's a strange one. Just got in a blue blackmasked
    lovie
    > female. Her head goes sideways!! Not just now and then,
    > but all the time. Background history is that she was a
    > breeder for two years - supposedly his best one. One
    night
    > she was fine and sitting her eggs, next morning her head
    is
    > going sideways! Her coordination is a bit off but that's
    > to be expected from a sideways view of the world. She's
    > eating and drinking fine. She seems to get around her
    cage
    > just fine, even flies up to the swing perch. The breeder
    > retired her when he found that whenever she climbed in and
    > out of the nest box, she was just clumsy enough to break
    > her own eggs.
    >
    > He didn't see her fly into anything, had just had a vet
    > check on his breeders a month or two prior to this. We're
    > giving her her permanent home in retirement.
    >
    > Any ideas anyone? as to what - besides flying into
    > something - may have caused this? Do lovies get
    > neurological problems thru genetics? But no matter the
    > answers, she'll still stay here, unless it turns out to be
    > an illness that's contagious. Then we have to think of
    the
    > rest of the flock in the house. She's really a good
    > looking bird, the sideways thing just seems to add to her
    > personality! Rowena