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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-30-2015, 11:49 AM Thread Starter
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Occasional spastic twitching in my linnie???

Does anybody know what might make a linnie twitch? It just happens occasionally, but he will jerk his head around repeatedly and it just looks like he's a little upset about something, but it also looks like it could be pretty involuntary. Often he will squawk a little as he does it, too. Does anyone else experience this with linnies? Or maybe any other parrots?
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Could he be suddenly rubbing his head? I see a lot of my birds doing it when they're about to start falling asleep

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I don't think my guys do that. Is he molting? Maybe he has a feather that is pinching him as it grows, like an ingrown hair.

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Yes, both of my cockatiels do this. I have NO idea what it is and I've never been able to describe it effectively before but I'm fairly certain you mean the same thing I do. They sort of look around them really fast like they're confused and freaked out? Almost like they've seen something and they're like WOAH, WHAT!? Mine make funny little noises when they do it and their crests stand up too but I don't know if it's standing up because they're scared or because they are excited. They stop and they're fine again in seconds.. Is this what you're talking about?
Mine do it usually when they are in playful moods so I've put it down to that but I really don't know for sure.
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My linnies have never done this.
Could you post a small video when your linnie does it?
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Yes, he actually is molting right now. But it seems to happen regardless of whether or not he's molting. I'd love to post a video but it just starts and stops so suddenly that I don't know if I would be able to catch it, plus for whatever reason he hates having his picture/video taken! I have to be careful and discreet when I do it.

But Tasheanne, yes! I think we are talking about the same thing, and it made me laugh reading your description because it fits so well. Such a strange mystery!
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Haha it is very strange, but I don't think it's anything to worry about (hopefully). They seem perfectly fine at all other times except for those few seconds they do it so you'd assume it's alright. Let me know if you ever figure it out!
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I am not a vet or even any kind of expert but I do know that spasms or twitching can be caused be either a deficiency in some vitamins or too much of them. It sort of depends on which vitamins are involved and how they interact with each other. So has anyone experiencing these things had a vet check their vitamin levels to make sure they are getting the right ones in the right amounts?
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Hmm, I hadn't considered that. He eats a diet of mixed seeds and fresh fruit and veggies and I share some scrambled egg or oatmeal with him a few times a week. He mainly eats apples, blueberries, spinach, and carrots. I wonder if he is missing something, or getting too much. Does anyone have any recommendations based on his diet?
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Here's a clip that only *hints* at how much of a spazbot our crim-bell Uli-Uli is:

https://www.facebook.com/kenneth.w.l...ideo_processed

(BTW: When we first got Uli-Uli from a neighbor who had just found him - or been found BY him, more accurately - I took him to an avian vet, who declared him to be not only in exceptionally good health, but "in all ways, an exceptional bird!")

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