Okay, so it's been like a week since I first noticed my budgie is walking funny, so I looked at him closely but it seemed like he's okay. Three days ago I noticed he bites his leg often, not like usually, when he cleans himself, but much more aggressive.
Day after that I came back home from work, and his leg had literally a hole in it, there was blood in the cage and on his beak, i took him to a vet. He said his leg is big and swollen, so he sprayed some silver coloured stuff on his wound, gave him some injection - antibiotics or something like that, and then gave me some medicine to put in his water.
He seems okay, he eats, he's still very playful and active. He walks very poorly and still bites his leg a lot. Vet said we need to wait to see what happens, but I just can't look at him biting his leg off. If you have similar experience with your budgies can you tell me how to help him? I don't know what to expect, if I should prepare for the worst case scenario. How to make him stop biting its leg, I can't stand over his cage whenever he wants to bite it, he does it like every 10 seconds and it's impossible for me to watch him 24/7
Sorry your bird is experiencing this problem. Was it an avian vet that you initially saw, just wait and see,to me is not an acceptable mode of treatment. Since it is not better you need to contact the vet and let him or her know that things have not improved. If it was not an avian vet that you saw it would be best to try and locate one. Many times an exotic vet practice will have a vet on staff that is experienced with birds.
It was not an avian vet, problem is there isn't any in my area, i already checked and the nearest one is 180 km away from here (i live in a country where avian vets aren't really a thing). I have no idea what to do, I'm extremely worried about him. I don't even know how bad it is, because I never experienced something like that before I tried to put plaster on the wound so he stops biting it until it bleeds, but I think i just made it worse because now he's trying to take it off. Maybe I'll just visit some vet in the biggest city of a province I live in tomorrow, they say on their website, they provide care for birds so maybe they'll help him there. Do you have any tips how to make him stop biting the leg?
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I'm so sorry to hear your budgie is injured That looks like a pretty serious injury so I'm glad you're doing the best you can to find him treatment. Cody has given you great advice regarding vet care: perhaps the place you got him can help, or a local vet can call and communicate with an avian vet.
To help him meanwhile, you can drip some room-temperature chamomile tea on his wound with a cotton ball. This will help reduce inflammation and soreness and hopefully stop him picking at it a little more so he doesn't make it worse.
I hope that you're able to find someone to help him! Please keep us posted.
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If there are vets that are mobile where you live, that is an easy way to have the visit in your home. I have used a mobile vet who know about birds and how to treat them. I an In San Francisco, and vet service is ample here. Or, on line vet support if you cannot find an avain vet where you live. Just do something so he stops chewing at his leg. I hope you have luck with this and very soon.
Okay I called every vet clinic in my area, one of them told me on phone they have an avian specialist there, so I drove him there last night. They gave me medicine and sirup i should put directly in his mouth, some ointment to put on his wound, and gave me a collar to put on him so he stops chewing on his leg like a little cannibal. Good thing is, he doesn't even need the collar anymore. I stayed home from work to watch him and he's not biting it even without the collar. He's very active and playful, chirps and sings and plays with his toys, eats a lot. It gives me hope he's got a chance to heal.
Hi there, I just read about your budgies sore leg and your struggle to get him to stop biting at it. Itís great to read that you found an avian vet and were able to get the treatment your little friend needed. Iím so pleased that heís stopped biting at his wound. It mustnít be bothering him as much out if heís leaving it alone. Hopefully now itíll heal up quickly and heíll be 100% in no time.