Hey I know I've only been posting about my frantic health scares since I've joined this forum. I apologise, but Im a new bird owner and anything I notice is new to me! I've had my budgie for almost two weeks now and only today did I notice this crusty bubbly thing on his foot. I attached photos below. I will be taking him to the vet very soon, but I just wanted to know how serious this is, what could be the cause?
Offer him a shallow dish of lukewarm water to see if he will decide he wants to take a bath.
If he gets his foot into the water, it will help to loosen the dried poop so that it will come off his toe more easily.
What is Bumblefoot (Pododermatitis)? Long recognized as a serious disease in raptors, bumblefoot, otherwise known as pododermatitis, also occurs frequently in psittacines. It is common in heavy-bodied birds such as Amazons and Hyacinth macaws, but is also seen in budgerigars and cockatiels.
P.S. Im NOT saying your bird has bumblefoot btw ... it does look like dried poop to me, but I'd be concerned because he hasn't cleaned himself. As Faery Bee has mentioned, popping his foot into some lukewarm water to soften and remove it is a good idea.
If you are unable to handle him if he isn't tame, I'd use a spray to wet it.
You really need to see underneath to make sure the skin is healthy. The poop staying there is not ideal, regardless of anything.