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Old 06-25-2015, 08:09 AM
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Hi just wondered if anyone can help we are so worried. My daughter found our 20month old budgie Barney with all 3 tail feathers lost and he couldn't stand the day before. It seems he has injusred his foot/leg and worried it may be broken. There is a little red mark on top and underneath. He can fly normally and perching on his other leg but cannot weight bear on the other and is using his wing to stabalise himself. He had a foot probklem before and the avian vet thinks may been like a swollen testes gave painkillers and he was fine in 2 days. This just seems different this time. I cannot get him to avian vet but only a local vet . Do you think they will be able to confirm a break. Many thanks pics attached
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Old 06-25-2015, 08:24 AM
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Hello, poor little fellow, Of course to tell if it is indeed broken he will need to have xrays. There is definitely a problem there.
Is he able to eat and drink with this problem?
An avian vet would be the best, he most probably will need some anti inflammatory meds and perhaps antibiotics.
How did he lose his tail feathers, that will also effect his balance as well as flight. Please try to get him looked at if at all possible by an avian vet if not then an ordinary vet.
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So sorry to hear about your little one I was wondering about the foot problem you talked about earlier. What kind of problems did he have? Could he perch properly before?
Also, can he move the foot at all or just not put weight on it? Can he grip with it?
My first impression is that a vet visit would definitively be in order as this doesn't sound too good. Do you have any idea what might have happened and was he inside the cage at the time?
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We really don't know my daughter was just in other room he was just playing as usual with his ball on the floor she noticed the feathers and his foot. Previous problem just came and went. Avian vet gave painkiller and it righted itself and been fine since. He had a habit of mating with the remote control and we think he strained himself. He is chirpy and can oerch in his other foot. Maybe i should cancel this appointment today and see if can attend avian vet tomorrow as it's further away. It seems a mystery how this has hapoened. He was moulting and the tail feathers appear to have come out cleanly but it seems strange all happened with the foot. Will see how he is when I get home

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Ah I see. It definitively sounds like a mystery. My advice would be the same as Cathy's, an avian vet will most likely do better at diagnostics and treatment so if you could get to one that would be ideal. But a regular vet will do if you don't have any other options of course.
Best of luck to you and I hope your little one will recover nicely
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Thanks for all your advice. I am worried so have called the avian vet who unfortunately does not have a slot til next Tuesday. But I am calling back to speak to the avian vetinary nurse for advice. I am more worried as due on holiday next Thursday and he goes to a specialist boarder and am now worried they may not take him with this injury but optimistic he will recover quickly.
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It always seems to happen like this doesn't it?
I can understand why you are worried about the situation, have you explained to the avian vet your predicament ? perhaps the feathers were a coincidence as he was molting.
Does the leg and foot still have colour, and feel the same temperature as the other one?
Can he clench the foot, or is it simply hanging? Sorry for all of the questions.
I would get some anti inflammation medication if at all possible as soon as possible. Make sure the area is clean and not weeping.
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It always seems to happen like this doesn't it?
I can understand why you are worried about the situation, have you explained to the avian vet your predicament ? perhaps the feathers were a coincidence as he was molting.
Does the leg and foot still have colour, and feel the same temperature as the other one?
Can he clench the foot, or is it simply hanging? Sorry for all of the questions.
I would get some anti inflammation medication if at all possible as soon as possible. Make sure the area is clean and not weeping.
Yes unfortunately last incident had to go out in the snow. It looks same colour. It was very behind yesterday but more forward today and not overly limp just cant seem to place it down and weight bear. I have some anti inflammatory as that what he was given last time so that is in his water. I have attached two pics not sure if you can view those.
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From the pictures, it looks as though the leg is swollen and bruised. If it is broken, it is not a compound fracture which is a good thing.

I would suggest you keep him quiet and don't let him fly about right now or play too vigorously.
One of my birds injured his leg when playing and it took it about a week to heal completely.
By the third day he was starting to put a little weight on it.

Pick your budgie up and put your finger lightly against the bottom of his foot as if you are his perch an see if he can close his toes around your finger.

If he's able to close his foot, the leg is probably not broken and the anti-inflammatories will relieve the pain and swelling.

I'll be interested to hear what the Avian Vet's nurse/assistant has to say.

Lots of healing energy, and positive thoughts for your little guy.
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I'm so sorry this happened! I agree with al advice given above, and please keep us posted once he gets back from his evaluation.
Hoping for the best for this little guy!
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