how to treat stargazing in birds

Diagnosis and Treatments: In February of last year, a woman wrote to me about her encounter with a twirler and the advice her veterinarian gave her. Since then, I’ve given it a try on my own four-year-old bird that I bought three years prior. He had just started twirling two weeks before her letter. Her veterinarian stated that a blown inner ear was the outward manifestation of the nutritional deficit, but the treatment is effective! Because of this, the birds become unbalanced and are unable to perch correctly. My veterinarian informed me that he frequently observes it in cats, dogs, and even a horse. After a two-week course of treatment with Trimethoprim Sulfa or SMZ Liquid, the inner ear completely healed. My little friend is now perching once more and doesn’t exhibit any signs of the twirling effect. It took me about three more weeks to stop using the SMZ Liquid. Since my vet stated that my bird’s inner ear has healed but may not have fully closed, his equilibrium will likely always be off, I have not tried the treatment on him. He has been twirling for four years. Most of the time, the antibiotic should let the inner ear heal closed.

I cannot stress how important it is that you purchase from a reliable breeder. From my first three pairs of birds, two of them lost their balance, twisted their heads sideways or upside down, and were unable to perch normally. These birds were bought from what I believed to be a reliable breeder, but it turned out to be a bird broker. They circled in circles in a fruitless attempt to get their bearings. They lost their perches and were limited to using a level surface for balance. The breeder (bird broker) told me he had no idea what I was talking about when I called him to inquire about this issue. The birds’ brain damage resulted from being startled and hitting their heads. “The second bird is still with me, but the first one passed away in two weeks.” Eater and molter, he lives only on the bottom of his cage.

But keep in mind that this is just a treatment for blown inner ears. These birds continue to be genetically predisposed to have higher-than-average needs for vitamins, trace minerals, and other nutrients. , and the twirling effect will come back if they become scarce once more. The only thing that will enable your bird to live out its life in peace is the treatment with SMZ Liquid. My strongest recommendation is that you NEVER again breed these birds. You must maintain precise records in order to manage this genetic trait and eliminate it from the Gouldian. As soon as a bird exhibits this issue, cease breeding the pair.

Fungal or yeast infection? According to a Don Thorschmidt article, Nystatin is a medication that appears to be able to treat spiraling You will need to get the Nystatin suspension from your veterinarian or with a written prescription because it is still used as a human medication to treat yeast or fungal infections. Fungistat is a comparable medication that can be used to treat yeast infections in pigeons and other caged birds.

In conclusion, the treatments have been haphazard at best due to the fact that the precise cause of the Twirling is still unknown. Possible causes include head trauma, tumors, vitamin E deficiency, bacterial or fungal infections, and genetics. Antibiotics, anti-fungal, and the list goes on. Since learning about the SMZ treatment for the twirling effect, I have personally met and spoken with Robert Black, and he agrees that the blown vestibular organ (inner ear) is most likely the cause. We both agree that having a healthy diet should always be our goal. We cannot stress this enough. Our birds need to eat much more than just seeds. This does not imply that all cases can be attributed to the same pathogen or treated with the same medication, but it does imply that stress and an unhealthful diet may play a role when a bird has a genetic predisposition that causes it to require more vitamins, trace minerals, etc. than usual. Please see the section on diet for my recommendations.

FAQ

How do you cure stargazing?

Appropriate treatment for stargazing syndrome depends on its underlying cause. If a bacterial infection is to blame, a veterinarian will prescribe a course of antibiotics. Medications such as corticosteroids can also decrease swelling an inflammation and help under certain circumstances.

What is stargazing in a bird?

“Star gazing,” meaning the birds assume a posture of looking at the sky. This is due to paralysis of the neck muscles. After star gazing develops, the birds may soon be unable to stand at all, but will lay with their heads still in the star gazing posture.

What causes twirling in birds?

Bacteria – Any bacterial infection that localises in the middle or inner ear or the central nervous system might result in clinical signs consistent with twirling.

What is stargazing syndrome in chickens?

Wry neck is a condition also known as Star Gazing, the exact cause of wry neck can be one of a few things but it is simply a miss communication from the body to the brain meaning that your hens nervous system is not functioning correctly. This displays as a twisting of the neck, walking in circles or to one side.