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Old 07-25-2016, 12:44 AM
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Hello all thank you for taking the time to help me with this, and please excuse my grammar and formatting I'm on mobile right now.

I have a 2 month old chick who has suddenly lost the use of both of his feet.
This particular chick hatched on June 8th. He was kicked out of the nest at one day old because his beak had become cemented shut. My husband found him on the bottom of the cage and used yogurt to open his beak. We placed him back into the nest at that time unsure of what the fall did to him. But he grew as a normal chick with his siblings and has seemed 100% healthy and normal until Saturday morning. I noticed he was leaning on the perch to one side and thought maybe his foot was sore. Then he seemed like he could no longer hold himself up on the perch and flew to the bottom of his cage ( which is soft because they are still young). We have now transferred him out of the family cage and he is in a cage with no perches as we assumed in the night he had injured himself or something.

His legs are normal colour and temp. There are no strange marks or
Blisters or anything like that, definitely no blood or cuts. He just is having a lot of trouble gripping anything. He can hold himself on the cage bars with the help of his beak. He is still eating. His toes are flat and not curled under and he has nothing visibly wrong with them. But I feel at just over two months old how could this be a stroke or kidney related, he's so young?

Right now we are watchfully waiting to see if he improves. He is eating still daily and we make his food accessible to him on the floor of the cage that is covered with pine shavings and paper towels for softness.

Any advice or insight is greatly appreciated !

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I'm sorry to hear your little one is having some issues!

Have you tried setting him on your finger and seeing how his grip is?

Can he walk?

Is he showing any other symptoms of a stroke, like disorientation or anything?

I'm glad he's still eating and seems fine otherwise--good for you for your vigilance!

I hope he feels better soon and please keep us posted!
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Old 07-25-2016, 01:11 AM
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Hi there thank you so much for the reply!!!

He cannot perch on a finger. He cannot walk, he hobbles around using his wings to propel and steady himself. He can move his legs at the "hip" as it were. But his feet are completely immobile. His balance however seems fine and he is otherwise seemingly normal.
No neurological symptoms he isn't falling over or acting confused or strange. He just can't use his feet. He can move the legs where the connect to his body but past the ankle his feet are flat and immobile. They do not grip of you touch the middle of his foot pad.
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In that case, it does seem like there is a serious issue with your little one's feet

It's possible that he has a problem with the muscles in his feet, like a cramp or some type of sudden paralysis that could be cause by a number of things (heredity, illness, etc.) I also think he could have a pinched nerve or something like that, although it doesn't seem as likely.

I doubt at this point it was a stroke or something like that since he's fine otherwise.

Since he's completely unable to move both feet, it's very probably he will require X-rays or other medical procedures to accurately treat and diagnose the problem. I would try to get him into an avian vet as soon as possible so that the issue has a larger chance to be completely corrected.

If he's uncomfortable, you can try letting him stand in a shallow dish of room-temperature chamomile tea. The chamomile is a natural relaxant and may help his legs feel a bit better while you wait for a vet appointment.

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At this point I strongly agree your little one needs to have thorough examination from an Avian vet. Was the parents on a breeding diet before they came into condition, what age are the parents, what caused the babies beak to seal in the first place do you know?
Nature has a way of being brutal in our eyes but to birds and other animals they simply let the fit and healthy survive.
I hope the vet can help you with this little ones troubles, he can survive as he is but he will need to be kept in a modified environment, given special care and lots of love. Please let us know how he soon.
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Your little fellow definitely needs to be seen by an Avian Vet for the proper diagnosis and treatment protocol.

Avian Vets have special training to determine the cause of symptoms resulting from illness or trauma. This is important as "regular" vets will often overlook symptoms that are quickly obvious to an Avian Vet.
When you rely on anyone who has not had training in Avian diagnosis and care, you may be delaying 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 recovery than it would have if you seek prompt professional diagnosis and treatment at the first sign of illness.

Distinction between an Avian Vet and a Vet that "Will See Birds"

Please be sure to update us on your little budgie's condition.
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Oh no! Please keep us posted on your sweet baby's injury.
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I'm so sorry.sending healing and comforting prayers for your budgie.I agree with everyone as well.only a qualified bird vet will be able to help on this.keep us posted and I hope your budgie will recover soon.Blessings
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Hello all just updating you on my little one!

We had an appointment this morning with an avian vet in our area. And the baby is currently recovering well. They did a cbc with all his number comming back within normal ranges and they xrayed his legs and while there isn't a true break the vet believe he did catch both of his legs somewhere in the cage. She noted that his legs were bruised but he still has movement in them. We can pick him up tomorrow and basically she said to just continue what we are doing, soft cage bottom and no perches. We are going to introduce a vitamin drop into his water and she said if he is not showing improvement in a few days we have to bring him back for possibly casting his feet!

Thank you all for your kind wishes!
I will try to keep updating as often as I can!
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I hope all is ok. The tea is a super idea and something my last old lady budgie enjoyed and it helped her loads.
thank goodness he has you guys- please keep us updated
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