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Old 03-04-2018, 11:14 PM
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Hey everyone! This is my new budgie. You read right ... he is blind. I got him yesterday at a bird store. Apparently, when he was in the cage with the rest of the budgies (about 30) they kept attacking him and no one knew why so they took him to the vet and the vet confirmed it. He has been in a cage by himself ever since. I have no clue how old he is. Does anyone have any tips on helping him live his life to the fullest? So far, I lowered one of his perches level to his food dishes, the other one is a little higher and the toys I have for him are on either side of the perches (none in the middle of the cage so he doesn't bump into them and get scared) kind of along the cage wall. Also, his feet sure are blue. Is that normal?! Any advice is welcome. Thanks!!


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Hi Christine
Thank you for choosing to care for this special little guy!

I don’t have experience caring for a blind bird, though there has been someone on here in the past with a blind cockatiel - maybe another member recalls the name?

The main points I’d suggest are:

Always keep the foods and water dishes in the same place.

Once you’ve found a good arrangement, try not to change the layout of the cage; the consistency will avoid unnecessary stress. He doesn’t need a small cage, try to find a low wide cage, he will learn the layout and probably needs the space to shuffle around more than a bird who can exercise by flying around a room.

This is one occasion when I think that wing clipping is probably advisable.

Always speak when approaching him and try to use the same repeated word or short phrase to let him know what is going on e.g. “just a quick tidy, just a quick tidy”, “breakfast time!” Shaking the seed bowl, “tickle tickle?” If you’re about to touch him, “”yummy, yummy in my tummy” as a treat is coming his way etc

Hopefully other members with more personal experience will have other suggestions.
Best of luck Christine

I have no idea about the blue feet! Budgies feet are pink or grey, are they really as blue as in the photo? Very unusual but very cute too.
*I’ve just noticed that the blue of his cere seems to extend down into his beak too! Still no idea what’s going on, maybe it’s some genetic condition related to his blindness
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Hi Christine, Julia has given some great suggestions

Karma for rescuing this little one and giving him a safe and loving home

I definitely agree that you should arrange everything so he can get to it, and then not change the layout of the cage.

Blue budgies often have blue feet, I know they're not as brilliantly blue as the picture seems because the flash is distorting the colors, but that's normal

Also, be sure to remove all dowel perches and sandpaper perch covers as those will lead to bumble foot

Lots of natural wood perches of varying textures and diameters would be much better!

https://www.talkbudgies.com/housing-b...reat-cage.html

He's such a gorgeous boy-- what's his name?
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Thank you for giving this little guy a good home!
Also- Jo Ann and Ibeckman have more information on caring for blind birds. I found the thread https://www.talkbudgies.com/other-bir...el-foster.html Julia mentioned.
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Christina,

Thank you (and karma) for giving this deserving little fellow a safe and loving home!

You've received some great advice thus far.
The information in the links below might have a few ideas not yet touched on.

Challenges in Blind Bird Care

Blindness in Birds
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Hi everyone and thanks for all your suggestions. I got all new perches for him. I don't plan on moving anything from now on. I took this one without the flash.


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He's a gorgeous little guy!
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