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Old 01-16-2015, 01:56 AM
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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.

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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.

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.

He looks so thin in comparison to my other two EBs. What is a good weight for EBs?
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I'm glad you're having him cared for so quickly. Please post some more pictures after his toe has been released.
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I'm sorry I missed this when I was online earlier. There are a couple of things you can try. When I have had a chick that got a little bigger than expected or had unexpectedly large feet I have soaked the foot and lower leg in white vinegar. For some reason this will actually make the foot shrink slightly for a short period of time, usually long enough to get the ring fully on. I usually use a little bit of Vaseline (Petroleum Jelly) and a toothpick. You can slide the ring as far up the leg as possible and just flick the toe through, you can use a little bit of force as the toes are pretty flexible. This may need to be done before the vet can even attempt to cut the ring off. The tool we use over here is similar to one used to cut dogs nails and he may not be able to get it under the ring to cut it off without the toe coming through first.

The foot does not appear to be greatly swollen and the colour is still pretty good.

His not eating for the first day is not that unusual either. When I sold birds to someone outside our bird club I would give them a small amount of the seed I normally use and that way it was easier for the bird to get used to a different diet to the one it had been on. You just use mostly the seed he is used to for a couple of days and gradually increase the amount of new seed until it is all the new seed. That is if they were not going to use the same seed brand that I used.
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Please let us know how both you and the baby budgie are doing when you have time later today.
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I'm just reading this post now, any update on how your little one is doing? I always have a bottle of Bach's Rescue Remedy in spray format for occasions just like this. You can spray your birds anywhere except the eyes and it should help to calm them; then you can also give yourself a couple good sprays in the mouth so that you remain calm. Hope all is well today.
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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?
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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?)
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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?
Iris rings don't necessarily mean older. I have a 4 month old who has her's almost all the way in.
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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.
She said it's been removed.. the bird is doing fine. Hopefully he'll settle in fast for you Cozette.
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