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His toe is not broken; it's just inside the band. He'll be okay once the band has been removed.
Thank you, yes it is the back facing toe and it is going in its normal direction. There isnt a huge amount of swelling (or much of any-maybe a little on the joint) that I can see but the banded foot is a little bit purple in parts in comparison to the other foot. He uses it fine tho for the little amount of time I was able to observe him. Ive already notified my work ill be coming in late. I hope he will be ok. I am already in love with him. He is pretty friendly despite me torturing him on our first meeting. He has such big pretty eyes.Like woodpeckers, budgies have two toes forward and two toes back. That's why they're good climbers.
The good news is the banded toe is facing backwards as it should. And its skin color does appear to be the same color as the other toes. So I don't think the circulation has been cut off. If he is not chewing his toe, he's probably not feeling terribly uncomfortable.
Nevertheless, please do take him to a professional bird groomer or avian vet ASAP to remove the band. Call your local pet store for a recommendation for bird groomer, or use this site to find a local avian vet. Association of Avian Veterinarians
Congrats for your lovely new avian child. He is sweet. I think he'll be okay.
Iris rings don't necessarily mean older. I have a 4 month old who has her's almost all the way in.I just took this little guy in. Good news is the band is off and it looks like the toe may be okay! Bad news, they said the following: it was probably like that the whole time since it was put on, he is really dirty, too thin, and his dropping are just urates still so thats not good. But the vet feels in a week things should normalize since hes so stressed from all this.
I cleaned him up and left a tiny space heater on low in the room hes in.
I am starting to suspect he may be a little older because you can see very slight iris rings in the close pic above...Would that mean he is older than 12wks?
She said it's been removed.. the bird is doing fine. Hopefully he'll settle in fast for you Cozette.I would remove most things in the cage, leaving only a couple of perches until you can get it removed. Just in case he gets it caught in anything when you're not around. That ring does looks quite large. Unfortunately I've seen cases where lorikeets have had their rings caught on branches, with dire consequences.
Well the lady hadn't sold any of his other clutch mates yet and I am wondering how many of them are still like this? And whether she would have noticed before it was too late? I am guessing it is only really starting to bother him as he has grown more because it is getting tighter and tighter the bigger he gets. So I am glad I got him because if he had stayed with her, she may have never noticed and him and his clutch mates would have been in a lot of discomfort. Now she is going to go back and look at all the bands on the others too. I do think she really cares about them and it was a mistake and not something fishy. Hopefully this doesnt offend anyone but she is an older lady and so maybe she just truly didn't see it---I have poor vision myself and I am much younger than her. Plus, LOOK AT HIS LITTLE FACE! He is absolutely adorable <3. He has such big soul full eyes. I have never seen eyes like this on a budgie. On my other two EBs, it is actually really hard to see their eyes because of all the fluff lol.As much as it was bad that the band was stuck over his toe, I'm kind of glad because it meant you too him to the vet right away and the vet could see what condition he is in and his health could be cared to right away (not that I think you aren't doing a good job, just that he wasn't in the best condition when you got him, you know?)
I agree with you Amber, he is definitely a very SPECIAL little fellow and it does seem that it was meant to be that he's the one that you ended up with.Thank you guys. Don't you agree that he is a special one!? It really seems like with all the searching I did to try and find a EB, there must have been a reason it ended up being him. There is something different about him that I can't place. He seems very observant about his environment and he just has a different face structure and different eyes. It is funny how the more you look at birds, you notice that they all have their own facial expressions and different shaped eyes, beaks and stuff---just like us humans. I am sure the average lay person can't tell...but I sure can. I know all the expressions of my little babies.
Hopefully when I get home I'll see a lot of hulled seeds and normal droppings, then I can truly let go of my worrying. Now I just have to get a name. After meeting him, I think he needs a special-sort of softer/soulful name.