Is my budgies wing dislocated, sprained, or something else?
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Is my budgies wing dislocated, sprained, or something else?
I don't know exactly how or when but my budgie has injured his wing.Yesterday I clipped my birds wings. In the process I cut the very tip of his wing, there was hardly any blood. I clipped the wings because he was trying to fly out the windows and hitting himself. At one point he fell between the crack of my bed so he might have injured it when that happened. I also feel like i might have pulled a little too hard clipping his wings or bent it the wrong way (nothing was forced out of place or twisted too hard). I could have also grabbed him wrong or too tight because I was trying to go quick because he was biting me hard.
Keep in mind that i took him home recently so some of the behavior seems normal. He doesn't go down to get his food or water but he will eat some millet that I put right next to his perch. All day he has been sitting in one spot puffed up and trying to sleep (it seems). He has also been shrugging his wings all day and holding one out and it trembles. When he hold it close to his body it raises up and out a little. Recently I have seen Hume stretch it far but not with his leg like he normally does.
Keep in mind that I can't go to a vet anytime soon so please suggest something I can do to fix him up at home.
Also, sorry for the long post, I wanted to give as much information that is needed.
In process of wing clipping we usually don't cut initial feathers' tip.. That must be a cause for his odd behaviour and frustation out of pain and uneasiness because it has a special technique to do also you need a vet care and if you are unable to arrange a vet for your budgie make sure you follow and have keen knowledge about their health issues And as you said you might have handled him wrong therefore all what I can say for now is to give him time,peace and avoid sudden movements or loud sounds near the cage.. If possible keep the cage at hieght to make him feel safe and also you can cover three sides of cage at night time.. And let him adjust in surrounding before taking him out of the cage again.. Also provide him with some vitamin and calcium supplements for preliminary treatments at home.. Might it help him heel faster!
By the way it would have been better if u have shown us some of his pictures.. Specially of the part where you think some injury might have occured! :-)
hoping for the best possible! :-)
You don't indicate how much experience you've had with budgies so I'm not sure how to answer your post. If you are new to budgies and to doing a safety clip on a budgie's wings, and how to hold the bird when doing so then I'm concerned about your budgies' well being.
You indicate you can not go to a vet anytime soon. May I ask why?
Having a budgie means you need to be prepared for unexpected vet expense. If you have not done so, I would suggest you set up an "emergency" fund and put a little in it each time you get paid so you will be able to get your budgie the care he needs.
Unfortunately, there is nothing anyone on the forum can really do for you. You need to get your budgie to a vet to have his wing checked to see how badly it has been injured.
Avian Vets have special training to determine the cause of symptoms resulting from illness or trauma.
When you rely on unskilled individuals, you delay effective treatment. This can prolong suffering that may be avoidable.
The bird will often require a more intense, prolonged treatment with a poorer chance of full recover than it would have if you
seek prompt professional diagnosis and treatment at the first sign of illness or injury.
Please let us know how your little fellow is doing once you've sought professional help. I'm wishing him all the best!
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I could always go to a vet but it would be a few days. Also I've been to about 3 vets that is couldn't trust to help a dog out. Imagine what it would be like with a bird. There is in fact 1 vet I know I could go to but a I don't know if they treat birds. Also if the cost is more than $100 dollars ($500 is basically out of reach for a while) I couldn't afford that for a few weeks maybe a month at most.
The technique I used to clip the wings was right for the most part, but I haven't had too much experience with very small birds. I have experience with larger birds though. I think I just grabbed a little to high up and a little tight if this was the problem and the scissors weren't very sharp. Besides being scared the bird didn't seem to be in a lot of pain.
About the birds eating, I've shown them the food but I haven't seen them move from their perch yet. If they seem more active I'll take the millet out and let them eat their normal food. I put in a cuttlebone on the same level they stay at so they could get calcium. Is there a certain type of food or something I put in the water you would suggest to help him heal?
Anyways thank you. I will see what I can do.
Forgot to add that it is the blue one If it makes it easier.
Last edited by FaeryBee; 07-28-2015 at 03:23 PM.
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Many Avian Vets will assist you by setting up a payment schedule so your little one can get the treatment he needs.
Looking at the picture, I do think you should have your budgie seen by an Avian Vet.
It is important to have an Avian Vet provide a diagnosis of the severity of your budgie's injury.
I'm certain you wouldn't want him to a disability for the rest of his life.
When budgies open and fold their wings the flight feathers overlap each other in a sequence and due to improper cutting if any of the feather is out of this sequence the behaviour you are describing could be the result of that because wing is not folding properly and If its injury or dislocation vet is must
I think you have rushed the things
Budgies take time to adjust and a budgie not adjusted in its cage you let him out and when he panicked you cut his wings
So please go through all the helpful articles referred by Deborah and feel free to ask any question