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GUYS, I'm in desperate need of help. Blood everywhere!!!

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Hello everyone,
First and foremost, forgive me for my English skills, I'm not a native speaker.
Anyways, I have two budgies. One is adopted and the other was bought from a store. After a few days when I bought a male budgie for my female budgie, I noticed his feet started to swell up and turn purple. I knew that it wasn't normal so I searched on Google about it. The closest thing I could diagnose with was a fungal infection. Now bare in mind this was a self diagnosis. I live in a country where Vets are very hard to find. And medicines suited for animals are very rare and again, hard to find. So I decided to use petroleum jelly after looking at a blog. After just two days, his feet started to turn PINK. And swelling reduced just by a bit.
Now to the main issue. One day I woke up only to find tons of blood everywhere. I tried inspecting both the birds especially the male, but I literally couldn't find any spot that had blood on the budgie. It was soooo weird like where could the blood originate from. I'll cut this short sorry. Then I did ended up finding the wound. I have tried cleaning it and applying petroleum jelly, and some flour.
The thing is, the male budgie for some reason CONSTANTLY touches it using his beak. And everyday a few drops of blood drop because of this. No matter what I do, he'll injure himself. Of coarse the reason would be that it's irritating to him which makes him try to scratch it.
My questions summarized:
-What should I do to stop him from touching his wound? I believe he did it to himself as he also tried to bite his feet when they first swole up. To scratch it maybe.
-What kind of medicine is easy to find, or is usually available that would help treat his fungal infection on his feet? They were dried and scaly. Something had small spots of blood too. Super small spots.
-As I don't have any access to a Vet atleast near me, can anyone list out all the medicines that I should be giving my bird? I'll try to visit all medicine store near me and ask them by showing them the list of medicines.
-Any other advice? I love my birds. They both have a unique character. It's interesting to watch them do their things on the daily basis.
-Can I use Pyodine on the wound spot? I haven't used it yet as I thought he would injest it.
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Can you post a picture of the feet/wound? Unfortunately there is not much we can do for you except try to direct you to resources, you can take a look at this webinar regarding emergencies if you cannot locate an avian or exotic vet try contacting a zoo and asking for info on who treats their animals or a university that has a vet program may have a clinic that sees patients. Here is link that may help in locating a vet. Locating an Avian Vet//On-Line Avian Veterinarian Help
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Could you please give an update on your bird's situation now?
Hello guys,
I didn't reply as I was waiting for my email to give me a notification in case someone replies. Turns out that all mails of TalkBudgies were going into spam. Anyways, here's what I did after watching the video linked above.
I used Povidone-Iodine solution to disinfect all bleeding spots. I did this for 2 days applying twice each day. Now, his leg looks completely fine on visual inspection. There are barely any feathers on his legs because he may have plucked them out. Before, he didn't bite that hard but that was because he was weak. But the last time I held him for disinfecting his leg, he barely let me hold him. His bites actually hurt! This does indicate that he is recovering as he has more energy now.
But the thing is, his feathers are always puffed up. I keep him indoors so he isn't cold. But he still keeps his feathers lose as if he's sick. I don't know what to do beyond this point. I cannot find medicines which are made for birds or animals in general. It's hard. There may be stores selling them but I just do not know where to look. Can you guys help me give some home remedy tips? The video was great. He doesn't even bite his leg to scratch himself as his leg doesn't bother him anymore. So that part okay now. But I'm still worried about his fungal infection from before. His legs aren't as swelled up and flaky as before but as I previously said, his feathers are lose and puffed up. So looking forward for any advice from the experts here.
That's all for now. I apologize for replying so late. But that was simply because the mails for updates were going into my span.
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Could you please post some pictures of your budgie? (names?)
It would be best for you to try to locate an Avian Vet OR an exotic pet veterinarian in case your budgie(s) need additional treatment.
Trying to self-medicate can cause more problems than it solves.

Avian Vets have special training to determine the cause of symptoms resulting from illness or trauma.
This is important as "regular" vets will often overlook symptoms that are quickly obvious to an Avian Vet.
When you rely on anyone who has not had training in Avian diagnosis and care, you may be delaying effective treatment.
This can prolong suffering that may be avoidable.
The bird will often require a more intense, prolonged treatment with a poorer chance of full recovery than it would have if you seek prompt professional diagnosis and treatment at the first sign of illness.
If there are no Avian Vets near you, please find an Exotic Pet Veterinarian with experience in dealing with small birds.

If there are no veterinarians that can assist you, then try a zoo, wildlife (bird) rescue organization or university.

You can also contact Avian Veterinarians on-line.

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