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Follow-up Center Threads made in the Emergency Room forum will be moved here by staff as a way to follow-up with members after their budgie emergency. This keeps the E.R. for only the most current emergencies.
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Old 02-07-2015, 03:05 AM
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So it all started few weeks ago, when the skin on my budgies feet started "peeling off" so my budgie got annoyed by it so he started trying to forcefully pull off the skin until one day it obviously got hurt and some blood came out but I wasn't home that day so by the time I came back the blood already clot and it seemed fine so I let it do what it wants. Then few days later the bird was trying to get up on its perch and I think it hit its leg on something so the blood started coming out again, and since that was my first time seeing it in front of me, I panicked. It was a tiny amount of blood, like a quarter of a normal droplet of blood. But still, i didn't take any chances and told my dad to put some medecine on it, So we took the bird out, and put some medicine to clot the blood properly and disinfect it , obviously the bird went crazy when we put it so we held it for a while, but while it was going crazy, I think it hurt itself more because now we put it back in its home, There is even more blood coming out of it, like in the last hour around 2 full droplets came out but the bird seems to be doing fine, It's chirping a bit less but it's still chirping, If it continues for 24 hours my dad said he will bring it to the vet, so during this 24 hours what can i do to help it?

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Put some cornstarch on his foot to stop the bleeding.

I hope he's ok!
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Cornstarch is excellent to stop bleeding indeed.

Our usual advice for a bird who is feeling under the weather is to keep them quiet and warm, with an easily accessible food source to make sure they're not wasting their energy which they should be using to fight off illness. When they're really sick they will be fluffy, quiet, sleepy.. behaviourally you'll know there's something wrong.

Is there a scaly appearance on the beak / cere? There are some very common parasitic infestations which can give the feet and/or beak a scaly appearance, causing irritation. You can learn more about it here: Birds Online - Health and diseases - Parasite infestation - Burrowing mites (scaly face/leg mite)

Most definitely worth a trip to the vet to check it out - if it is scaly leg mites, then a spot on treatment of an ivermectin-based treatment will be given, and you should be given instructions on cleaning the cage environment to prevent reinfestation.
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You have great advice here! Any time that my Sammy is feeling under the weather, I put a heating pad on half of his cage to keep him nice and warm (but so that he can escape the heat on the other half of the cage if he doesn't need it).
As other experts have said, cornstarch is the best bet! If you have access to a pet store, you can buy styptic powder to stop bleeding fast. However, the most important thing would be to get to a vet so that he or she can diagnose the underlying condition about why your budgie is picking at his feet.
Good luck!
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Hello can you up load a picture of his feet for us, If he is not used to being held then a as close as possible picture will help.
You should never place human medicines or creams on budgies as they can be harmful.
What sort of perches do you have in the cage, I hope you do take him to a avian vet ask for some advice in general whilst you are there regarding a first aid kit for the future. Please let us know how you go.
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