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Old 07-29-2015, 10:41 AM
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Unhappy Einstein fractured his leg

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i came home from work and einstein was laying sideways - it was later in the evening so i couldn't go to avian vet until yesterday morning. she did xrays and he has fractured his leg around the knee area. she gave me two options - try to splint or put him down. i decided to go for the splint and go broke doing so...he is home now in a smaller aquarium type cage to prevent climbing and so my other bird tweedy does not harm him. He looks so sad, we had a very rough night of him not settling in his new home. Vet said 4 weeks it should take - going to be a long four weeks for both of us. i feel so bad for him but could not put a healthy bird down without trying this splint.
has anyone been through this ? - any advice & tips ? the vet gave me a lot but others are welcome please & thanks.

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Old 07-29-2015, 11:29 AM
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Sorry to hear this, and hope it turn's out good. Did the vet give you anything to give him for pain relief ? There have been members here who have gone through that. BirdCrazyJill had her tiel get his leg caught in a cage door and break. With a splint like your's and some time, her bird was fine. I think you made the right call....
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she said he would not need any pain medicine. she is a good avian vet here in Toronto, she has english budgies like mine. i trust that he didn't need any..but also still question that. its horrible i feel so bad for him and limited movement. my birds are not caged during the day so he is dealing with all new restrictions.
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Old 07-29-2015, 12:50 PM
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Chamomile tea is good for relieving stress, has mild sedative effect's, and also can help with inflammation...
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I believe having your budgie's leg splinted was the right thing to do. I'm sure it will take some time, but he will adjust to his hospital quarters. Spend as much time with him as you can, talking to him and reassuring him of your presence.
If he is hand tame, when you are home in the evening perhaps he would enjoy sitting with you/on you while you read or watch TV. Randy's advice for giving him chamomile tea is excellent.

I wish your little fellow a full and speedy recovery.
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Poor little Einstein! I hope he heals up quickly. It sounds like you made a wise decision and are doing all the right things to help him heal up. I bet he looks so sweet and cute in his little fish tank. Perhaps a cuttlebone for some extra calcium as he is healing would be beneficial. I'll be keeping an eye out for posts about his progress
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she said he would not need any pain medicine. she is a good avian vet here in Toronto, she has english budgies like mine. i trust that he didn't need any..but also still question that. its horrible i feel so bad for him and limited movement. my birds are not caged during the day so he is dealing with all new restrictions.
A smile price to pay. The 4 weeks will be over in no time.
it's not like he will buck you off like a riding horse cooped up in the barn could!

Best wishes for the birdy, for a speedy recovery.
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thanks all - i hope it goes fast it is paining me to watch him struggle and try to get out of his house. i will try the tea for sure - when i try to pat him he tries climb my arm to escape and fly - he is a smart one this guy. thanks for the support i have never had to deal with this and it is tough - non bird people don't get it. told my boss i am working from home so i can watch him..i am sure she thinks i have gone mad...
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I hope Einstein recovers soon and up on his feet soon. You made the right decision by giving the other option a try. I'm sure this will yield positive results and he'll be grateful to you for taking good care and providing him love and comfort in this time of need.
It's true people with no pets won't ever understand the owner's feelings towards the pets. You're doing a great job.
Wish and pray for speedy recovery of Einstein.
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I'm sure he'll heal fine and be back to normal soon! You made the right call for sure

Hope Einstein feels better soon, although it may be a long few weeks, he'll be there for you and you'll be there for him, that's all that matters.
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