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Green cheek conure too fat?

Hi, I have a GCC, Gem, she's about 18months old. Lately, after she's flown about 4 laps at high speed around the lounge room, she will land & act like she's having a stroke/seizure.
She comes good about 30seconds to a minute later, but when it happens, it's rather scary, I'm worried she's going to keel over dead
My daughter tells her "see Gem, you're too fat to fly". She's not an over weight bird.
She's boisterous, bossy & full of personality & has always flown without these strange episodes.
Any ideas what would be causing them?
She kinda can't get her footing, holds her wings open & is rigid.
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Hi Monique welcome to the forum, you might need to take your bird to the avian vets and have her checked out. If she's having problems breathing after flying it could be an illness you cannot see and it might need to be addressed asap to make sure the bird gets proper treatment to remain healthy. Birds hide illness so well and sometimes its too late to help them when they start showing signs they are really ill.

I had a canary (Mr Peepers) who had fatty liver disease, he was a proper weight and had an extremely healthy diet but because of the life he lived for 2 years before I rescued him he had a severe case of fatty liver disease. When he flew a short distance he would look stressed and hold his beak open to catch his breath while holding his wings rigid or open. Despite medicine and treatment the bird died of the illness because it was caught too late.

I'm not saying your bird has fatty liver disease, I'm just saying that an avian will ask you what your birds diet is like and check to see the signs for an illness you may not know of.

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Hi Monique,
did you bring Gem to an Avian vet? You are describing heavy symptoms. Gem is such a young bird, that should not happen.
I hope the Avian will find out the reason soon.

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