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I had a clutch of 3 chicks. All healthy and fine until the middle one must have been sat on and developed just one splayed leg. I treated it with the make up sponge splint but each day it had been thrown out of the nest box. I took this as a sign he didn't want it. I knew then I had to keep him.
So taking my cues from him I adapted a cage with lower ceiling and more shelves than perches.....
He came into the house 4 days ago, I have watched him like a hawk....Held my breath as he tries new stuff.....sat on my hands to stop myself catching him....Cried to watch his determination. as he overcomes adversity.....Felt ashamed for whingeing about trivial things.
See what you think of him.....(hope the link works - my first time on YouTube)

[nomedia="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2lvEhgp-e4&feature=youtu.be"]COSMIC THE VID - YouTube[/nomedia]

Music courtesy of Muse
 

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Thank you for taking in this cute little bird. You are wonderful to do this...I watched your video but I cried It reminded me of my budgie buster... Your budgie is so cute just beautiful...I am glad you took cosmic in to love him... I am in love with your little bird...I had a disable budgie called buster but his foot wasn't as bad as this little guy. Disabled budgies makes the best pets I know I had one. The breeder put the ring on busters foot the wrong way and damaged his foot and busters foot was turned to the side. I took him to the avian vet to see if there was anything they could do but there wasn't.Buster could do everything like a normal bird did. He didn't like flying. I wrapped soft material around his perch to make it comfortable for him. He learnt how to walk he sat on my shoulder. He loved to be cuddled and oh boy could he talk. I had him for 6 and a half years. My avian vet said to treat buster like a normal bird which I did and he could do things like a normal bird. I miss him so much. He died from cancer. Your little boy is cute. Please give him all of your love and attention please take special care of him. I will watch your video tomorrow.If you like I can show you a picture of buster I could post it here if you like I also have videos of him to. He played with his little bell on the lounge chair and talked to it. But as I said disabled budgies make the best pets they loved to be cuddled.I now have Indigo and I love him so much.

Oh by the way disabled budgies are very clever they can work out things really quickly. They win your heart over I know I had one. Karma to you for giving this little guy a loving home...
 

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Sorry he made you cry Lynn, but there is such a lot we can learn from them isn't there?
His left leg splayed during his first week...I can only imagine Mama Bird sat on him awkwardly. I always look at disability as 'what you never had you never miss'. He doesn't know any different so it doesn't doesn't seem to bother him at all. He is an absolute delight. And of course, he is easy to cuddle :)
I was ready to treat him 'differently' but he is showing me otherwise!
I would love to see Buster.
 

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Sorry he made you cry Lynn, but there is such a lot we can learn from them isn't there?
His left leg splayed during his first week...I can only imagine Mama Bird sat on him awkwardly. I always look at disability as 'what you never had you never miss'. He doesn't know any different so it doesn't doesn't seem to bother him at all. He is an absolute delight. And of course, he is easy to cuddle :)
I was ready to treat him 'differently' but he is showing me otherwise!
I would love to see Buster.
Ok. Tomorrow I'll post a video of buster and a photo for you to see. When buster was on my shoulder he wanted to turn around so he would grab a hunk of skin to turn him self around and oh boy did it hurt when he got my skin. Buster learnt to climb and he did lots of things. I put soft material around his perch so it would be comfortable for him. You learn lots of things from them. I'm so glad you took this little guy in. I look forward to seeing more of cosmic..
 

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It's funny you should mention how clever they are....Cosmic has just climbed up the front of his cage to the door.....he seems to know already that is his portal to the outside world :D
Yes, his cage is padded as are the shelves.....I know he is going to tumble, but he is learning by the day how to get around safely.
He is one special little bird. :loveeyes:
 

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Julie,

Cosmic is a beautiful little fellow and it saddens me greatly to see he must struggle with this disability for the rest of his life. :(

I understand he wasn't accepting of the splint you tried to use for him.

May I ask why you didn't take him to an Avian Vet to get assistance?

We have a great sticky on how to treat splayed legs that may be helpful for little Cosmic.

Splayed Leg Prevention And Treatment - Cute Little Birdies Aviary

Although it would have been best to use the treatment recommended in the sticky when Cosmic was younger, you may still have some success in correcting the problem even now.
 

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When it comes to these cases it's always best to follow with treatment because splayed legs are easily fixed especially when acted upon in a timely fashion like you did when you first detected this.
If you were to stick with treatment, the chick would eventually get used to the temporary splint.
When faced with adversity and having the means and ability to act while taking in account the pet bird's best interests when it comes to the quality of life, if there is the real chance of improving the quality of life, then continuing with treatment would have been the best option and by now the chick could have been spared this disability which will likely be permanent.

I'm very sorry for all of this and hope that somehow the splaying can be corrected, even if not completely.

EDIT: Unless the splint was too loose that the by simply moving around the splint would come off, I find it highly unlikely that a one week old chick (and even much older chicks) was able to intentionally get rid of the splint. Young chicks don't have the dexterity in movement nor the required strength to break free from a splint. So as you put it, this wasn't really the chick's "choice", the mother was most likely the one behind this action, she took out what she considered the foreign object out of her chick's leg.
This specific case was a prime example where action should have taken place when it comes to pulling the chick out to hand raise and to continue with treatment for the splaying in order to fix the leg.
 

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Especially with issues like this that can affect the bird for it's entire life, the decision to discontinue treatment because of 'personal inconvenience' shouldn't be taken lightly. First, a consultation with an avian vet or at least an experienced breeder mentor if one has one, is the best course of action with any questions or challenges when raising babies. An avian vet in this case would be able to give expert advice, and perhaps an alternative to the failed attempt with the homemade splint, or a way to secure it better, regardless whether or not the chick wanted it left on. Hopefully there is something that can still be done, even if not 100% at this point.

This is just something to think about when breeding, or for people who think they want to raise chicks, there is a huge amount of responsibility with these precious little lives, where the consequences of actions taken or not taken can impact the bird for it's lifetime, and sometimes handicaps are preventable.
 

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It isn't rare to have this condition present in chicks, and it is very, very correctable. There are many different treatments for splayed legs that can work if one doesn't, and as the bones in young budgies are still forming, a full and rapid rectification of the splaying can happen within weeks.

It's important to treat splayed legs as soon as possible, to increase the chances of a full recovery faster, and not to give up after just one method of treatment. ;)

I hope that with continued help, this budgie is able to get well and live a normal life with one simple adjustment :thumbsup:

The link provided by FaeryBee details several options to deal with this condition.
 
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