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Hello all,

Two days ago when I got up and went to say good morning to my two budgies I noticed that they were a little stressed. Then during the day I started noticing that Horace was keeping one of its feet up the whole time. For the past two days he seems to prefer to stand on top of the cage's rather than on the perches inside, he drags a bit his feet when moving and he's even allowing me to scratch his feathers close to the beak (that's what got me concerned).
Since yesterday I've been keeping a close eye on him but besides the feet dragging and resting more, there were no major changes in behavior: he still flies to me and likes to scratch my nose and he plays with his toys, preens himself and sings. I've also looked carefully to his limping foot and there are no visible cuts or swelling and he even allows me to touch it without complaining or moving it away. He can also close his foot's claws around anything although he tries to avoid it.
My guess is that he must have strained the foot doing something in the cage. Anything I can do to help him?

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If he's tame, you could check out if the pads of his feet are raw or dried. Perhaps he's starting a small case of bumble foot. What kind of perches do you have in your cage?

I'm not an expert on bird foot trauma, but it seems that you would want to visit your avian vet to see if anything is broken or strained. Until that time, you can put a cushion covered in kitchen paper or newspaper on the bottom of the cage in case he falls, put perches low in the cage and lower his food and water dishes, and make sure that he's kept warm and has a good disposition.

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By pads do you mean the area where the digits connect to his leg? If so I've just checked and the limping foot seems clear but the other foot looks a bit dried, although it was hard to check it since I never grab my budgies and although he tolerated the hand he was clearly uncomfortable with it and turning his natural position around to check.

Nearly all of my budgies' perches are made out of natural tree branches and with different diameters (I made most myself). His favorite is one that has ups and downs across its length. In general he is happy and actually seems to be enjoying the extra attention I'm giving him.

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Oh how I hate to see posts about lame in one foot. Is this by any chance his left foot? While it is extremely possible this is an injury it is also possible it is a more ominous problem. Many male budgies get testicular and kidney cancers and one of the first symptoms we see is lameness in the left foot. I had a young male, he was not 3 yrs old yet come up lame in his left foot. I took him to the vet who diagnosed him with kidney cancer. I decided not to put him thru a treatment that may or may not work but would definatly make him stressed and uncomfortable. I took him home and loved on him, spoiled him and let him enjoy what time he had left. When he started declining and life was no longer a joy to him but a burden, I took him to the vet again and gently showed him the way to rainbow bridge. I hope this is not the case with your budgie however if it does not get better in a few days I would take him to the vet and have it looked at.
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By pads do you mean the area where the digits connect to his leg? If so I've just checked and the limping foot seems clear but the other foot looks a bit dried, although it was hard to check it since I never grab my budgies and although he tolerated the hand he was clearly uncomfortable with it and turning his natural position around to check.

Nearly all of my budgies' perches are made out of natural tree branches and with different diameters (I made most myself). His favorite is one that has ups and downs across its length. In general he is happy and actually seems to be enjoying the extra attention I'm giving him.
By pads, I mean the under side of his feet (where they grab onto the perch). Dry skin can be the beginning of dermatitis, which can progress to bumble foot. Your vet can recommend how to pad your perches and administer an ointment if necessary.

I certainly hope that it's an easily treatable problem, and I'm sure your avian vet will help you.

ParrotletsRock, I'm sorry to hear about your budgie's illness! You did the right thing by spoiling the little guy and helping him while he was ill!
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ParrotletsRock, I can't say your post helped but thanks for sharing. I'm not quite sure of the age of my budgie since I inherited it from my deceased father but I'm aware that eventually he'll depart also.

PrincipePio, I'm trying to find a vet for him to be checked next week if he doesn't get better in the process. Meanwhile I've rearranged his cage (amongst a lot of complains from him and now he's typically preferring to stay outside of it) so that the perches are lower and he has easier access to food/water. I've also cushioned the bottom of the cage with newspaper balls in case he falls off the perches. Thanks for the tips.
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ParrotletsRock, I can't say your post helped but thanks for sharing. I'm not quite sure of the age of my budgie since I inherited it from my deceased father but I'm aware that eventually he'll depart also.

PrincipePio, I'm trying to find a vet for him to be checked next week if he doesn't get better in the process. Meanwhile I've rearranged his cage (amongst a lot of complains from him and now he's typically preferring to stay outside of it) so that the perches are lower and he has easier access to food/water. I've also cushioned the bottom of the cage with newspaper balls in case he falls off the perches. Thanks for the tips.
I am sorry you did not like my post, I was not trying to upset you, however I was trying to give you a realistic idea of what it MAY be. Unfortunatly this is a very common problems in our little feathered friends. Hopefully he just landed wrong and will be better in a few days.
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Oh how I hate to see posts about lame in one foot. Is this by any chance his left foot? While it is extremely possible this is an injury it is also possible it is a more ominous problem. Many male budgies get testicular and kidney cancers and one of the first symptoms we see is lameness in the left foot. I had a young male, he was not 3 yrs old yet come up lame in his left foot. I took him to the vet who diagnosed him with kidney cancer. I decided not to put him thru a treatment that may or may not work but would definatly make him stressed and uncomfortable. I took him home and loved on him, spoiled him and let him enjoy what time he had left. When he started declining and life was no longer a joy to him but a burden, I took him to the vet again and gently showed him the way to rainbow bridge. I hope this is not the case with your budgie however if it does not get better in a few days I would take him to the vet and have it looked at.
I had two birds with kidney tumors and it did cause lameness in one and paralysis in another.
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There is also a possibility it could be related to gout which can cause joint problems and lameness. If the problem does not clear up a visit to the vet would be the best thing.
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I'm sure that the vet will be able to help you figure out what is causing the problem, and lowering the perches and food and water is the best way to help him currently.

Best of luck and let us know how he progresses!

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