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Default Perches for a budgie with slip claws

Hello!
In my introduction thread FaeryBee told me that I shouldn't use wooden dowel perches, but only natural wood perches of varying diameters, to prevent pressure sores.
I already knew that, in fact I replaced one of the two plastic perches included in the cage with a natural wood one, but I replaced the other one with a wooden ladder I bought, mounted horizontally.
It is very helpful because one of my budgies, Celeste, has slip claws in both her feet.
A slip claw happens when the back claw faces forward instead of backward, it can be congenital or caused by dried poop stuck on the feet. In her case, it happened because of the second reason.
She can stay on the natural wood perch, but she is unable to turn around, unless she is at the ends of it, using the bars. On the other hand, she can turn around on the ladder, thanks to the rungs.
So, should I replace the ladder anyway? Or should I replace the natural wood perch with something she can turn around on?
And how can I adapt the cage to a budgie with slip claws in both her feet?
Thanks in advance!


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Having one wooden dowel perch in the cage along with the wooden ladder mounted horizontally is just fine as long as there are other, natural wood perches available to Celeste as well.

You can use ramps and platform type perches in the cage as well to help with Celeste's mobility if it becomes necessary.

Thank you for doing what is needed to ensure Celeste has a happy and healthy life.

For all members: when breeding budgies, it is very important that chicks legs and feet are kept clean and free of poop to prevent conditions such as this.
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Okay, thank you for the advices!

Unfortunately I had never heard about slip claws, I only cleaned the feet of the chicks because I thought all the dried poop would have made them unable to come out of the nest.
I didn't realize Celeste and her sister Oliva had slip claws until some days after they came out of the nest (luckily, Oliva only has a slip claw, so she can move quite easily thanks to the good foot), when it was too late to fix the issue.

This is why I chose to keep Celeste out of the three chicks, I want to help her deal with her handicap and to make her life as easy as possible.
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