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Old 02-06-2018, 12:18 PM
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I'm going to make this very short. Snowy had a sore leg after a night fright. The next morning she would lift her toes a bit. I even posted about this on my instagram. I never knew she actually broke it. This past Friday night I noticed how she didn't put ANY pressure on it and that alarmed me. I called my vet on saturday morning and got booked for Monday.

My avian vet put some alcohol on her feathers and saw bruising. Right off the bat he told me its broken. We talked about our options. Two of the options were different types of surgery. The last option was to leave it alone. We chatted a bit and then he took her in for a X-Ray to see how bad its broken. Snowy's upper thigh is broken. I'll have the X-Ray pictures posted. My vet said it's not possible to operate on her because of the way the bone broke. The bone is not a clean cut one. though the x-ray we also saw bone fragments which he said was a good this. Our only option was to leave it be. If in a month time it doesn't heal, she might require a amputation. We also opted out for painkillers. My vet told me that once a bird gets painkillers they're likely to start feeling VERY GOOD and will be active. He said having them lay low would be in their best interest. Obviously if she's in a lot of pain I get to call and he will arrange something suitable for snowy.

My vet did a great job assuring me that he hasn't done amputation in a long time and she might heal just fine but I still can't stop thinking about it. He also told me that her amputation will be from all the way up if it ever happens. She won't have a stump or anything. The only good news is that she has movement in her toes. she'll move them. I was wondering if it's best I have Snowy clipped until her healing? She was always a timid bird and flies away when easily spooked. Our next appointment is on March 5th. For a month he want snowy in a small bin to rest (he wants something rather small). I wanted some tips on that... I'm heartbroken...
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Old 02-06-2018, 04:54 PM
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I'm so sorry to hear this. I have not had experience with an injury this serious, but I can comment on a couple of things. Re clipping: if you do decide to clip her wings, be sure to keep them symmetrical to help her with her balance (some people sometimes use an asymmetrical clip with one wing shorter than another).

When you say "bin", I think smooth sided, and that would mean no perch. That does prevent any fall (and I do know people do that sometimes)--do you know if that is what he meant? Somebody with experience with this might chime in, but if not, I would verify that with the vet, plus the size he has in mind for her. I think I have seen half round perches--larger than what you would normally think of for a budgie, but she still might like that if she doesn't have any perches. Another question is what to put on the bottom. When I have been worried about falls, I have used folded up pillow cases. I wanted something smooth that a claw wouldn't get caught in, but that was softer than just a paper liner. I know people have used fish aquariums when they really needed to confine a bird. A Kritter Keeper is another possibility. I have seen them used as carriers for birds.

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Old 02-06-2018, 05:35 PM
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I'm so sorry to hear Snowy has suffered such a break in her leg.

Keeping her in a "kritter keeper" with smooth sides or a small rectangular glass aquarium is best.

Kritter Keeper

Doing so will discourage her from trying to climb the bars of a small hospital cage which isn't advisable during her healing process

I believe it best she rest on the bottom of the bin rather than having actual perches during the time the bone is healing.

Using a soft pillowcase in the bottom of the critter keeper is an excellent suggestion.
Snowy's toenails will not catch in smooth cotton material as easily as they would in a towel.

Make sure she has her food and water dishes within easy reach on the bottom of the bin.
If she eats fresh vegetables, be sure you offer her a nice variety to ensure she is getting healthy nutrients.

Snowy will probably spend most of her time resting/sleeping while she heals if you opt not to give her pain medication.
This resting is for the best as it will allow her body to expend the energy on healing.

You can give her egg food every other day.
I would also ensure you give her a calcium supplement as well as a Vitamin D3 supplement during the healing period to ensure the bones heal as best they can.

Spend time sitting next to the bin visiting with her by talking, reading and singing to her.
Be sure you play music quietly to keep her company when you aren't around.

I wish Snowy a full and speedy recovery and will be checking back to this thread for your updates on her progress.

Best wishes to your darling girl. xoxo
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By Ďbiní I would think that your vet means something like a plastic tub, with no perches, similar to what Iíve seen online used when hand-rearing young chicks.
Iíd double check with the vet & ask him the clipping question, though I feel that with a fall being more likely with only 1 functioning leg, perhaps itís better to remain fully flighted.

I donít know what you currently have in terms of cages, but if a non perching container is what your vet has in mind, you could consider a vision cage.
If you used only the white and clear plastic base, without any walls, you could place the grate on the top as a roof to create a very shallow cage with one months layers of newspaper on the base. The advantage with this would be that you would still have the end doors within the base, that you could use to change food dishes and remove layers of paper. Just an idea.

Poor little thing, I winced at the X-ray. I hope her break fuses well and becomes useful again.
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Fatma, I'm so sorry to hear of Snowy's accident!

I'm sure that she'll heal up just fine You've been given great advice by FaeryBee. Please keep us posted on how she's doing!!
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Poor baby! Hoping for the best for you and Snowy!
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My thoughts are a glass 10 gallon tank with a screen lid. You could tape paper over three of the sides of the tank, to have her feel more enclosed. Budgies really would rather perch but to keep her quiet you might try one of the Y shaped, thicker natural wood perches which typically have a bolt with screw on wing-nut at one end. Remove the metal end and just lay the perch flat on the bottom of the cage. She really isn't going to fall the thickness of the perch. Try not to handle her, if possible and keep offering abundant nutritious foods and maybe a nearby TV. Bones will heal but not exact but hopefully, she'll regain some function as she recovers. The thigh area is so high up on a bird's body that amputation
would be very dangerous on a bird this size. If it was a "foot" yes but too much soft tissue in this area for safe amputation. She'll have more patience than you will during this trying time for both of you. Good luck.
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I think it's best if I message everyone as a whole.

This is what I have so far. She is using her foot but not too active. She does occasionally chirp during the day. Today i'm more hopeful. I don't think the amputation would be needed, hopefully. I'm keeping an eye on her everyday. I change her food bowl and have clean water. I also give her eggs every other day. I'll keep you guys updated after a month
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Sending prayers and healing energy to little Snowy.

Please make your updates regarding Snowy's condition in this thread.

Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery sweet Snowy!
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This looks like an ideal set up for her. She really looks great (considering her fracture and appears to have ability to grip and as healing proceeds, you may hardly notice that her femur was broken. The perch looks like it's working out great for her comfort. Just continue to keep her quiet and I think you can relax (sort of) and know that you're doing a great job giving your best care with Snowy's situation. Keep us posted.
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