The trials of Miss Marple - Talk Budgies Forums


User Menu
Forum Home
Budgie Gallery
Budgie FAQ
Site Guidelines
How-To-Guide
Members List
Today's Posts
Log In
Register now!
Search



Advanced Search
Popular Forums
Announcements

Budgie Articles

Budgie Talk

Budgie Pictures

Budgie Videos

Budgie Behavior

Determining Gender

Your Budgie's Health

Taming and Bonding

Budgie Breeding

In Memory

Other Birds

Contests

Chit Chat

Site Information

Talk Network
Talk Budgies
Talk Cockatiels
Talk Parrotlets
Talk Parrots
Sponsored Ads

Go Back   Talk Budgies Forums > Budgie Talk > General Budgie Talk


Closed Thread
 
Short URL LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 06-18-2015, 10:26 AM
Figtoria's Avatar
Hatchling
State:
 
Profile:Figtoria is offline
Gender:
Number of Budgies: 5
Budgie Experience Level: Budgie Owner
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Southern Ontario
Posts: 227
Gallery: 0
Karma:
Points: 310
Rep Power: 5
Figtoria is a jewel in the roughFigtoria is a jewel in the roughFigtoria is a jewel in the roughFigtoria is a jewel in the rough
Default The trials of Miss Marple

I got Miss Marple 2 weeks ago (tomorrow) and she has had some rough times. Everything went great the first few days and then about 10 days ago I saw that she was holding one of her legs off the perch. It soon became obvious that she was heavily favoring it, so we got it checked out and apparently it's not broken, but likely sprained.

I had her in a Vision L02 because I thought "bigger is better!" but I did NOT realize (stupidly!! I didn't remember to ask the breeder!!) that she had had her wings clipped.

We theorize that she must have plummeted (she does that a lot) and smacked her little foot/leg on something.

So we halved the cage - turning it into an L01. She was eating and pooping normally and accepting millet, so I wasn't too worried.

Last Friday morning she was fine when I took her cover off, but when I went into the room a couple of hours later to sit with her, she was lying on her back on the bottom of the cage!! I thought she was dying, so I picked her up to see if I could get her back on a perch and she flew/plummeted several feet away to the dog bed. I got her back and into the cage on a perch and she seemed okay. It was then I realized that she'd been STUCK on her back somehow. The area where she'd been the newspapers were chewed up like she'd been trying to turn herself over with her little beak, but couldn't because of her sore leg!

I took EVERYTHING out of her cage, but one perch, her food bowl and her water bowl (which hang level on her perch) so she had no excuse but to stand there and rest.

So she stood there all Friday - eating and drinking and accepting millet as usual and slowly throughout the day she seemed to be okay.

Ever since then she has gotten progressively better, she's even putting some weight on her foot now.

She's definitely feeling better and is crawling all over her cage. I've begun putting some of the stuff back each night. She has 3 more perches back and her calcium chew thingy and one toy.

So that's my super long version of the Miss Marple story, but it's leading to a question!

The last few nights just around her sleepy time, she crawls up the bars to one of the corners and just kind of .... sits there hanging on with her beak. Her legs are on the bars, too not just her beak, but she just stays like that! Last night she was like that for about an hour before we covered her up and then I heard her flutter back down to a perch.

What's up with that? Is she resting her sore foot/leg? Or is that a normal budgie thing? It doesn't look very restful/comfortable. I don't remember my other budgies doing that for so long a period of time.

Either way - I'm glad to say that she seems to have survived her rough beginning and I have learned a valuable lesson.

"Bigger is better" works best when they're not clipped and/or not babies.

Thanks for reading anyone who survived this wall of text!!


Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2  
Old 06-18-2015, 10:50 AM
aluz's Avatar
Exceptional Service Award Recipient
State:
 
Profile:aluz is offline
Gender:
Number of Budgies: 7
Budgie Experience Level: Budgie Enthusiast
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Portugal
Posts: 21,788
Gallery: 0
Karma:
Points: 19619
Rep Power: 56
aluz has a reputation beyond reputealuz has a reputation beyond reputealuz has a reputation beyond reputealuz has a reputation beyond reputealuz has a reputation beyond reputealuz has a reputation beyond reputealuz has a reputation beyond reputealuz has a reputation beyond reputealuz has a reputation beyond reputealuz has a reputation beyond reputealuz has a reputation beyond repute
Default

I'm sorry for Miss Marple's bumpy start and it's good she is now feeling better and using her foot more often.

It may seem uncomfortable, but some budgies just like to sleep for the night while holding themselves on the cage's bars.
If you place a swing or perch high in the cage, most likely she will choose it as her new sleeping spot.
In general, budgies tend to go for the higher places in the cage to sleep in, as they feel more safe by doing so.
Most of mine sleep on their swings and they love it!
__________________


RIP sweet Tito (Summer 2008 - January 17th 2013).
You are missed and never will be forgotten.
  #3  
Old 06-18-2015, 10:59 AM
Penzance's Avatar
Penzance (Simon)
English Budgie
State:
 
Profile:Penzance is offline
Gender:
Number of Budgies: 2
Budgie Experience Level: Budgie Owner
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Cornwall, UK
Posts: 400
Gallery: 5
Karma:
Points: 703
Rep Power: 6
Penzance is a splendid one to beholdPenzance is a splendid one to beholdPenzance is a splendid one to beholdPenzance is a splendid one to beholdPenzance is a splendid one to beholdPenzance is a splendid one to beholdPenzance is a splendid one to behold
Default

Poor Miss Marple - these youngsters can get very physical, can't they? Sounds like she is on the mend. I have always thought they do the thing with their beak in bars when they need a little extra support, if tired for example. As for clinging in high places, I have mostly come across that with young birds, later graduating to a high perch or a swing. She is very lucky having you to look out for her!
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #4  
Old 06-18-2015, 11:22 AM
Figtoria's Avatar
Hatchling
State:
 
Profile:Figtoria is offline
Gender:
Number of Budgies: 5
Budgie Experience Level: Budgie Owner
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Southern Ontario
Posts: 227
Gallery: 0
Karma:
Points: 310
Rep Power: 5
Figtoria is a jewel in the roughFigtoria is a jewel in the roughFigtoria is a jewel in the roughFigtoria is a jewel in the rough
Default

Thanks for reassuring me! I guess I better get her a swing. Do they make swings for "special" budgies.
  #5  
Old 06-18-2015, 02:20 PM
Didoushkaya's Avatar
Didoushkaya (Dee)
Young Budgie
 
Profile:Didoushkaya is offline
Gender:
Number of Budgies: 2
Budgie Experience Level: Budgie Newbie
Join Date: May 2015
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 524
Gallery: 1
Karma:
Points: 796
Rep Power: 6
Didoushkaya is greater than greatDidoushkaya is greater than greatDidoushkaya is greater than greatDidoushkaya is greater than greatDidoushkaya is greater than greatDidoushkaya is greater than greatDidoushkaya is greater than great
Default

Good on you for all the care and efforts you're putting into your budgie's well-being I hope she recovers completely soon. Our budgie still won't have anything to do with swings... But then again he's a bit older and definitely not the most adventurous of birds (unlike yours it seems)

Last edited by Didoushkaya; 06-18-2015 at 03:47 PM.
  #6  
Old 06-18-2015, 03:57 PM
Penzance's Avatar
Penzance (Simon)
English Budgie
State:
 
Profile:Penzance is offline
Gender:
Number of Budgies: 2
Budgie Experience Level: Budgie Owner
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Cornwall, UK
Posts: 400
Gallery: 5
Karma:
Points: 703
Rep Power: 6
Penzance is a splendid one to beholdPenzance is a splendid one to beholdPenzance is a splendid one to beholdPenzance is a splendid one to beholdPenzance is a splendid one to beholdPenzance is a splendid one to beholdPenzance is a splendid one to behold
Default

There are loads of swing options online and in pet shops. Or, you could make one yourself - it's fairly straightforward really. I made a double budgie swing from some dowelling and hard (but bendable) stainless steel wire. It was for when Benedict had a full house - now it is his daytime swing, he alternates between two shop bought swings in the evening.

You just need a pair of pliers for bending the metal to shape and a very small drill bit to put holes in the wood. That's the boring way! Future projects intended will be using rope and natural tree branches. You can of course just try a rope swing.

Here's a useful link for safe trees for pet birds to take twigs/branches from:

Bird; Birds: Safe, Toxic Trees, Woods. Safe Tree Wood. Parrots. Parrot cages.

There is probably this kind of info on TB somewhere, but I'm afraid I get a bit lost with the massive wealth of information here!

Of course you always need to bear safety in mind. But if you make one yourself, it can be as special as you like!! And it will be made with love!
  #7  
Old 06-18-2015, 08:02 PM
StarlingWings's Avatar
Super Moderator // MEMBER OF THE YEAR 2015


 
Profile:StarlingWings is offline
Gender:
Number of Budgies: 1
Budgie Experience Level: Budgie Lover
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 17,551
Gallery: 0
Karma:
Points: 12055
Rep Power: 38
StarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond repute
Default

Poor Miss Marple! Are you planning to let her wings grow out?
Glad she got through okay! What a scare you must have had, indeed. It's nice that once she gets older, you can convert her cage to the larger one!

Sounds like she's settled in nicely

EDIT: Just came across this thread after I saw this one! Pretty easy idea
https://talkbudgies.com/do-yourself/2...asy-swing.html
__________________

~StarlingWings~
and Princess Mallorn!
Thank you to Deb for her wonderful Faery magic

Last edited by StarlingWings; 06-18-2015 at 08:09 PM.
  #8  
Old 06-18-2015, 09:05 PM
Figtoria's Avatar
Hatchling
State:
 
Profile:Figtoria is offline
Gender:
Number of Budgies: 5
Budgie Experience Level: Budgie Owner
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Southern Ontario
Posts: 227
Gallery: 0
Karma:
Points: 310
Rep Power: 5
Figtoria is a jewel in the roughFigtoria is a jewel in the roughFigtoria is a jewel in the roughFigtoria is a jewel in the rough
Default

That is a GREAT idea!!! I have one of those!!!
  #9  
Old 06-18-2015, 09:08 PM
Didoushkaya's Avatar
Didoushkaya (Dee)
Young Budgie
 
Profile:Didoushkaya is offline
Gender:
Number of Budgies: 2
Budgie Experience Level: Budgie Newbie
Join Date: May 2015
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 524
Gallery: 1
Karma:
Points: 796
Rep Power: 6
Didoushkaya is greater than greatDidoushkaya is greater than greatDidoushkaya is greater than greatDidoushkaya is greater than greatDidoushkaya is greater than greatDidoushkaya is greater than greatDidoushkaya is greater than great
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by StarlingWings View Post
EDIT: Just came across this thread after I saw this one! Pretty easy idea
https://talkbudgies.com/do-yourself/2...asy-swing.html
Quote:
Originally Posted by Figtoria View Post
That is a GREAT idea!!! I have one of those!!!
This forum is AWESOME!
  #10  
Old 06-18-2015, 09:19 PM
FaeryBee's Avatar
FaeryBee (Deborah)
Administrator



State:
 
Profile:FaeryBee is offline
Gender:
Number of Budgies: 7
Budgie Experience Level: Budgie Enthusiast
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Florida
Posts: 53,713
Gallery: 0
Karma:
Points: 2575
Rep Power: 35
FaeryBee has a reputation beyond reputeFaeryBee has a reputation beyond reputeFaeryBee has a reputation beyond reputeFaeryBee has a reputation beyond reputeFaeryBee has a reputation beyond reputeFaeryBee has a reputation beyond reputeFaeryBee has a reputation beyond reputeFaeryBee has a reputation beyond reputeFaeryBee has a reputation beyond reputeFaeryBee has a reputation beyond reputeFaeryBee has a reputation beyond repute
Default

I'm very sorry Miss Marple injured her foot/leg early on.

This doesn't always happen with birds with clipped wings though. How old was she when you got her?

I know young budgies 6 weeks - 8 weeks may need lower perches and a soft covering on their cage floor for awhile though as they haven't always managed to learn to control their balance at that point.

My budgies were all 8 weeks old or so when I brought each of them home and they went into the BIG F040 cages right away even though their wings were safety clipped. I ensured there were ladders and perches spaced so they could easily manuver from one area of the cage to another. None of them ever fell.

I'm glad Miss Marple is doing better now.
All the FaeryBee Flock send Miss Marple "Get Well Soon" wishes along with KISSES! xoxox

__________________

Closed Thread



Bookmarks

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:58 PM.



Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright © 2000- 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright © 2006 - , 2403 Networks LLC. All rights reserved.