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This keeps the E.R. for only the most current emergencies. Thread Description:anyone have a budgie with a broken lower leg
Hello, my 11 year old budgie, Oocho, recently had an accident and broke his leg. The vet set and bandaged it. He`s also wearing a neck collar to prevent him, I guess from chewing on the bandage. He says it takes about 2 weeks to heal.
The collar is a real struggle. He has trouble keeping his balance. He`s eating and pooping though he`s in a large plastic box and it gets messy. But it`s hard to feed him like I usual do. He`s always trying to chew on the collar.
I`m going to the Vet on Thursday and wondering If he should try without a collar and see how he adjusts. I think it would be easier on him. I worry about him.
Those of you with a similar injury. Did your budgie have to wear neck collar?
I’m so sorry that Oocho is hurt. I’m glad he’s under the care of your vet. It could be that the collar is a little too long and heavy, which would cause him to have trouble balancing. The collar is to prevent him from picking at the bandage and healing leg. You might try cutting the collar just a bit shorter, but not so short that he can reach around it. Best wishes for Oocho healing ASAP!
What I remember when I had a budgie with a broken leg to heal, is his cagemate was picking on him. He always was like that, but stepped it up when the injured bird was returned to his cage after the vet visit. I separated him into a single cage, as I had an extra clean cage at home. I never placed them together again, but did push the cages close, but not so close that the injured bird could be pecked. Kept them apart after that incident.
Actually that`s how he broke it. I always keep oocho separate from the youngest bird. He`s big and bullies. I was gone and on my way home. My wife opened both cages at the same time and I guess the large bird knocked him off his cage.
He was bleeding in his bandage today so i took to my closest Avian vet. The bandage was cutting his foot. She retapped it and agreed we should try without the neck collar. I also changed types of of medicine from the in water type to the direct type which I like better. He`s weights down a little. Now if he can eat easier and keep strength up he may be ok. He`s sleeping now.
Yes I always hand feed him anyway so its usual. I gave him a mix of toasted soy bread, I live in Japan it`s common, shredded wheat cereal and egg. I`ll give him soy yogurt later. I checked his weight last night and it was ok.
The best thing is the way the vet positioned his leg he can preen himself but can`t really reach the bandage. He`s not chewing on it at all.
he`s hanging in there, eating ok, and getting antsy. He keeps trying to climb out of his box by climbing on the heater. He spends a couple of hours a day sitting on my chest, eating food off me, and sleeping on my neck. The problem is my birds have the bad habit of staying up late. I work during the day and they spend a lot of time free out from early evening to about 2AM when I go to bed...
I try to put Oocho to be and I hear him trying to climb out. (which isn`t the best for his healing leg) So I take him let him sit on my neck for a while and try again.
I have an appointment Saturday to get his leg x-rayed and maybe get the bandage off. It`s been 2 weeks and that looks like the minimum for healing. (if its another 1 to 2 weeks, I`m going to have to get him a bigger temporary house)
Anyone with a budgie that had a broken lower leg, how long did it take for the bandage to come off?