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!!