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I am new to the forums. I will get straight into the topic.
My male is very social. But for some reason or another he went mad flying quickly around my house, hit the wall hard and fell behind the dresser? The end result is he broke his femur near the hip joint. I checked all the animal hospitals near me, none of them accept small birds. This has left me worried and frustrated. The nearest one is 4 hours by train.
I was a doctor and I have made a make-shift cast using soft tissue paper and then a strong tape. He doesn't seem to be in pain. I have removed all perches and lines the cage floor with straw and tissue.
He is eating and doesn't seem to cry out in pain. But he cannot move his toes at all. I am worried that he may never get
I'm sure that as a doctor you are aware that as long as you don't see any necrosis, there is a good chance he will regain the use of his toes as his leg heals. If the trauma is very recent the nerves may currently be inflamed to the point they are preventing him from using his foot for gripping.
The little box you have for him to rest in and the cast you made for him look great!
You might want to use a soft towel to line the bottom of the cage as it would be easy to clean and soft for him to sit on. You could put one or two perches down low so he can sit on them if he want to and won't have to struggle to get to them.
Even if your budgie does not regain use of his foot, he can still have a long and happy life. You can make ramps for him to get from one place to another in his cage and ensure he has a flat platforms to sleep on.
If you haven't seen it, take a look at this video about a very brave little disabled budgie.
Poor baby! I'm sorry you can't seem to find any avian vets. I completely disagree with the vet who recommended euthanizing him. Did you make sure to set the bone? I know you used to be a doctor, but I'm just checking. As long as he doesn't get necrosis, he should be able to live a long happy life. Could you possibly consult a reptile vet? They might be able to help, since they're used to dealing with smaller animals.
As you know, you need to keep the leg and dressing clean. Look up safe herbs for parrots, and see if you can find any safe herbs that reduce inflammation and pain. Then I'd make them into a tea for him. Let it become room temperature before serving, and remove it from his cage after three to five hours. As you probably know, brewed tea can go bad.
If I were you, I'd buy some platform perches for him.
Once you're sure the leg can have the cast off, I'd do physio with him. You can look up parrot physio videos online. Remember to be very gentle when doing it.
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