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This keeps the E.R. for only the most current emergencies. Thread Description:Baby budgie weird feet, nearly died
My friend is away on hols and has a budgie avery. He has about 10 babies just come out. It was 40 degrees here for 2 days. I went around to check on them and spray they to cool them and one baby was on the floor looking like it was going to die. It can't fly, it flaps but doesn't get far. It's legs go out to the side in different directions and its feet looked funny like claws. It was lying on it's belly and looked like it was going to die. It couldn't get onto the side of the water bowl or the food bc of it's weird feet. I called the owner and he didn't know what to do. I couldn't let it die. I put it in a small cage and brought it home in the air con. I gave it a very small bowl of water and food so that it didn't need to climb. It sits with one leg on the ground and one on the side of the cage (only way it seems to be able to stay upright. I don't know whether it is eating (or old enough to) but I did see it drink a little. I don't know whether my friend is feeding it the right food (lots of seeds). I know yrs ago when I had a cockie I had to feed it pellets (seed was a treat). If I post some pics can someone pls help me. I don't know what to do. I don't know if it's old enough to feed by itself or whether I need to go put it back in the avery and hope the mother will feed it or something. I've heard they will often peck a weak bird to death. It also wouldn't be healthy for it to be crawling around the bottom of the cage in droppings on it's belly, it might get an infection?? Any help greatly appreciated, thnx
This seems to be a deformity that originally started in the nest box. Most of these deformities don't kill the bird but make it difficult for it to get around. Returning it in the aviary may allow the parent bird to feed it, but it might be better to keep it separate and so if will take soft food. (you could hard boil some eggs and push the yolks through a fine strainer and mix with crushed graham crackers) that might cause it to experiment with eating on its own, later mixing some cooked "food" millet added. If it is eating seed, then stay with that. As long as it's eating and drinking it should be fine, although it will need to live in a slightly modified cage related to perching abilities. These deformities don't cure them selves, but budgies are adaptable to in living with handicaps. Good luck.
Hi Phil, I've raced around and bought him a good cage 60 x 41 x41 as he needs room to crawl and flap around. I put half a towel on it to see if he could perch or walk on the bars but his good leg fell thru, so I put towel the whole way. He tends to sit on one foot and use the other to hold on the side of the cage. He uses his beak and one foot to pull himself around. He flaps a bit too. He is getting his bad leg caught in his wing sometimes. He has moved around the whole length of the new cage while I was out. I got the bird seed from my friends place and some of those bird seed treats and millet. He really went crazy for the millet. I saw him eating some of the seeds and pecking the treats but I don't know if he's eating them or spitting them back out. I put the food and water down low and some on the bottom of the cage as he couldn't climb to the feeders. I have boiled an egg but is still cooling and I couldn't find the biscuits so I'll have to stick to the seeds for now. Can they eat rock melon? He looked OK but now I don't know if he's sleeping or going to die. I'll post some pics and someone might be able to advise. Thnx in advance.
P.s. he is wet in the first 2 bc he flaps around and fell in the water. He had been quite bright before and sitting up but now I don't know whether he is sleeping or going to die? Do they sleep like this if they can't stand up? Do you think he is in pain? Or could it just be that his legs are tired too??? Sorry but I have no idea about birds
Last edited by Pombonted; 12-29-2018 at 04:00 AM.
Hi there! Thank you for taking in this baby budgie and doing everything you can for him. Have you looked up vets in this list? I don't know where you're located, but in most countries, there are some vets have a 24 hour or emergency service. If you find one, make sure they're able to treat small birds before masking the trip. https://www.talkbudgies.com/general-...directory.html
Thank you for your reply. It's Saturday night and all vets locally are closed. There is one emergency vet who charges a fortune. I took him there. They said he was dying. I could either have him put down or spend several thousand trying to save him. They said his leg was swollen and signs of bleeding and he was very thin. They said what sort of a life would he have with twisted legs. I wanted to save him but I also didn't want him to suffer and I don't have thousands to spare. So sadly they said the most humane thing to do was to put him down. So I'm very upset. He had been so spritely earlier and I spent all day getting him a cage and things so that he could cope but then he just crashed for no reason. Very very sad. At least he didn't suffer being pecked to death in 40 degree heat I guess. No happy ending here, sorry. Thanks for the advice and support though. Lee
Oh no, Iím so sorry to read this. You did the kindest thing for him and put an end to his suffering. You showed him love and kindness, and compassion when he needed it most. Itís such a hard decision to make, but now heís pain free, perfectly healthy, flying high over Rainbow Bridge.
Youíre extremely kind for taking him into your home, doing everything you could to make him comfortable and for buying him a new cage. Maybe one day, when your heart heals, you might like to get yourself a budgie, but thatís a decision for the future.
Again, thank you for everything you did to help the sweet little guy. I wish it had a happy ending.
This was an extreme deformity and as I previously said, keeping him fed and comfortable in a cage would likely be an ongoing "experiment". It's a considerable effort for many humans with severe handicaps, but humans can also design and more easily adapt to many of these situations.
I recently attended a youth string orchestra concert (late high school) where one of the cellists played her cello (well) with her feet. Cello was mounted on the horizontal on the floor and she held the bow with her left foot and "fingered" with her right foot. She didn't have arms. Amazing to watch. A small budgie can't be "rigged" with appliances to assist and don't understand what's going on, and everything is a chore. This was probably the best humane thing that you could do although it's sad for you to go through this time.
Thanks for your care and understanding.
Birds definitely don't manage severe handicaps well
Thank you for taking in the poor little budgie and doing all you could to help him.
I have many comments I'd like to make with regard to your friend allowing birds to breed in a colony setting which is something this forum never recommends.
But,as your friend is not a member and will not see or read that information, all the warning of the dangers of colony breeding are moot.
The bird had severely splayed legs which, if the parents had been properly bred in an individual breeding cage, could have been easily recognized and corrected at a very young age.
Again, I thank you for your care of the little bird and for helping him move on to the Rainbow Bridge.
There is a special place in heaven for people like you.