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Old 04-10-2016, 11:37 AM
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Hello everyone, sorry for my poor english but i'm italian.
Today i went to a pet expo, and i saw this stand where they sold budgies. On the bottom of the cage there was this little girl rolling around and struggling to get one her feet, and upon closer inspection i noticed that she couldn't move her legs. I asked the owner of the stand, and after examining her he confirmed my suspicions and casually said "let me throw her away". I couldn't believe my ears... i immediatly took her home with me. The poor girl tries desperately to climb on top of the cage, but always ends up falling. Her legs tremble when she tries to move them, and sometimes she actually manages to move them slightly. I put her in cage with some soft straw, food and water on the bottom, and i plan to go to the vet as soon as possible. Can i do something to help her in the meanwhile?
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Old 04-10-2016, 11:45 AM
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Oh dear I'm very sad now.thanks for rescuing the budgie.I truly hope the vet can do something for it.I saw where you have put some straw on the bottom for it.until you can get it to a vet as soon as possible.keep a eye on it and help feed it.keep it comfy and warm if its cold.I'm hoping someone can help you on this.bless you for trying.there's a special place in heaven for you.keep us posted and I'll be checking back regularly.praying for its recovery.blessings.
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Welcome to the forums!

I'm very glad you have rescued budgie. From the photo, it really seems your new budgie has a disability in both legs and unfortunately in this case there little to be done in terms of correcting the position on the legs. It seems there is some kind of splaying involved or possible dislocation on both legs. At this point, we don't know if her leg joints are well formed or not The avian vet will be able to give you further advice.
This budgie will likely need ongoing special care for the rest of hi/her life, since he/she is special needs.

Instead of the straw, you can cushion the bottom of the cage with light cloth or old t-shirt.

Best of luck at the vet's!
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I thought of a idea.since its on the bottom and tries desperately to get on the perch.I saw once a tv show where a woman had a injured bird.it couldn't climb or stay on the perch.she came up with a idea.she put in a small ramp and the perch as close to the bottom of the cage the perch was like a small flat piece of wood attached to the perch.the bird could walk up the ramp and rest on the flat wood.it was about 4inches wide,hard to explain.and the cage padded well with cloth material incase it did fall.but it is was only about a inch from the bottom.but in this case see what the vet recommends before you do all that.I don't want the budgie to be under any stress.this is only a idea not to be seriously considered.it may have to remain on the bottom for a long time.blessings and forgive me for trying to help.your budgie safety and health is the most important for now.I wish your budgie a full recovery or as best as it can heal.my budgie Gracie sends it prayers as well.
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So glad you took this poor bird, the person that said "Let me throw her away" should not have any animals. It makes me furious, how can people be so cruel.
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It's wonderful of you to adopt a special needs budgie. Good luck! Hopefully your budgie will have full recovery!
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Thank you all for the messages! Dont be sad, the budgie is actually very healthy! She's not skinny or debilitated, she eats a lot (veggies too) and chirps when she hears other birds. She's very shy, but that's normal: she has to get uses to her new house. Her cere is starting to get brown, and her iris is starting to show too, so she's at least 4 months old...i dont think she would have survived this long and this healthily if she's always had this disability, also because she lived with a lot of other birds. I'm starting to think she could have got a paresis...Could it be the case?
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From the way she has her legs positioned on that first photo, to me it seems she has either developed a form of splayed legs while on the nest or that she was born with a disability on both of her legs.

If this really is some kind of paralysis caused by a stroke, without immediate health care, I really doubt this budgie to have survived till now.

If she was born with the disability, this reality is all she knows and she developed the skills to cope with her condition and to lead her life as normal as possible.
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From the way she has her legs positioned on that first photo, to me it seems she has either developed a form of splayed legs while on the nest or that she was born with a disability on both of her legs.

If this really is some kind of paralysis caused by a stroke, without immediate health care, I really doubt this budgie to have survived till now.

If she was born with the disability, this reality is all she knows and she developed the skills to cope with her condition and to lead her life as normal as possible.
I see, thinking about it it's probably true since when i pick her up she keeps her legs splayed... i hope she can still live a happy life
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Depending on her case, there are ways you can change the cage to better accommodate her. At this point we don't know if she has voluntary movement on her toes and if they are able to grip a wider custom made perch.
As Shane said, a flat platform perch down below on the cage can be helpful depending on your budgie's mobility. With time you will be able to make these changes according to your budgie's needs.

The avian vet could also give you further advice on this.
Maybe some kind of physical therapy exercises can help in terms of improving her mobility and lessening the stiffness on her legs. Even if slightly, if it gives her relief, it's worth to try and continue with the exercises.

With your love and continued care she has every chance of having a happy and fulfilled life.
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