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Old 12-03-2018, 03:07 PM
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Guys please I am need of help!
I have a lil budgie boy. Today morning i discovered he holds his left feet funny. I took him out observed it and discovered a lil bruise like reddish area (its not big barely diff than the orher leg) inside of his leg curve (dunno how to discribe it better). He doesn't put weight on it and tries to lift it as much as possible. His grip is lighter with that foot and doesn't fully strech it. He moves it and use it but spare it a lot.
He eat chirps and fly. Yesterday when Ive put my hand near him to pet him he didn't see my hand in time and he got frigthened and flew off in a panic. Maybe thats where it happened? </3 He is very skittish but hand tame. He sits on my glasses all the time, on my shoulder and finger, and he allowes only me to touch him. But he is still skittish, dispite that he is with me for 3 years now and we are bonded as much i think he is able to.
I went down to a vet (without him and not avian vet) and asked what to do. Do you work with birds at all? He said they can't do much as they are not avian vet, but asked me to observe him and if it gets worse there's a good avian vet where i can take him.
That avain vet i know well and have taken him 2-3 times already but they have moved. Very far away. We don't have a car and its 0 Celcius out there and its at least 1hour of public transport of which i don't want to expose him if it's avoidable. Of course if i have to i will.
But I need suggestions. He is my life Im worried beyond belief.
Sorry for the long post! waiting for suggestions!


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Hi Nashisa;

If it's just slightly red, it could be a bruise. Does he had lots of different sized perches in his cage? Can he move all his toes?

The first thing to do is make sure it's not bleeding or broken. If the foot looks normal, he can move all his toes, and there is no blood (it only has a small spot where it's red) then it will probably heal on its own. I'm glad you consulted with a vet and are prepared to take him to an avian vet if necessary

To help his foot heal and ease his discomfort a little bit, you can put a little bit of room temperature chamomile tea out for him to drink/ stand in (if he wants, don't force it). Chamomile reduces inflammation. Keep him warm so that he feels better sooner!

If it doesn't get better in a few days, you will have to take him in to ensure it's not more serious. The current advice you got from the vet is good, though: monitor him closely for a few days and he should be getting better, if not, take him in to be sure

Best wishes with your little boy! I hope his little foot feels better soon
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Thank you very much StarlingWings!

There is no blood, he moves all his fingers he is just hopping on one foot. He didn't eat much during the day but devoured it from my hands. Maybe it was hard for him the cling from the side of his food bowl.
I don't think putting anything watery around him is a good thing cause he is terrified of water. Even when he has to drink water from the dish it seems a terrifing torture to him. I dunno what happened to him when he was young but he is even afraid to get close to drink (he does however but takes him a few mins XD)
So chamomille is out.
Unfortunately nobody will be home tomorrow only me when i come home late from work (my bf is 24h work tomorrow) and i will worry to no end... agian.

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If you have to see a vet, but cannot find an avain vet, these are some vets that do have knowledge of birds. I have had a mobile vet who could treat a lot, but not all with birds. A great vet I had was in an emergency clinic. He was even better than the Avian vet I was seeing. It is possible also, your bird has a temporary leg problem. Good Luck,
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StarlingWings has given you excellent advice and it's good you also checked with the vet about his leg.

Generally when a budgie's leg/foot has been just slightly injured or bruised it will begin to heal itself in a few days time.

Try not to be stressed around your little boy as our budgies pick up on our emotions.

I'm praying he will have a swift and full recovery.

Please be sure to update us on how he is doing in this thread.
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Update:
He get a sore on his other leg! cause he uses that to rest the other. he was sitting on his swing the whole day we were working with my bf. (he still holds his leg up and the other have a starting blister on his feet between his toes.. i am so worried!) I try to be calm around him but can't help it.. He eats chiprs preens and eats from my hand (its easier for him).
I have made an appointment to the vet. Beacuse there are only 2 avian vet in this city I could only get an appointment in 2 weeks from now.. it is no life threathing situation so they wont see him sooner.
Can i do something to ease his pain? Or to do with that starting blister?
Thank you soo much for your concerns I am really greatful. And worried to no end. He is my lil life </3
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What type perches do you have in the cage?

From your description it sounds as though he has pressure sores and the beginning of bumblefoot.

You need natural wood perches of varying diameters to prevent pressure sores. Using plastic or wooden dowel type perches is not good for your baby's feet.

Essentials for a Great Cage

Any sand, cement or pedi-perches need to be removed from the cage right away.

It would be best for you ask your vet to correspond via phone or fax with the Avian Vet to get the proper medication to treat the bumblefoot before it gets worse.

You can use rope perches and wrap other perches with vet wrap that is available through pet supply centers or through your vet's office. This will soften the perches for him while his feet are healing.
However, you must be careful with rope perches that he doesn't start chewing them and ingest the fibers which can lead to crop impaction.

Pressure Sores

Bumblefoot
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OMG! this got me really scared. we dont have any sand, cement or pedi-perchs. he has a rope perch but he is rarely on it. one plastic that is used to hold the ledder (he sit on it a lot) and a swing (https://www.trademe.co.nz/pets-anima...1811526673.htm sg with a base perch as this). should i remove everything and take out everything and fill it with rope perches??

im scared to hell now </3
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Cement perches would be too rough on your budgies sore feet. When FaeryBee says to get natural perches, she means like tree branches (of different diameters/thicknesses). Donít just go collecting branches from around your home unless you are positive they are of a budgie safe variety, and that they havenít been sprayed with any pesticides. Itís safest to order natural perches online from a reputable bird store/website. If you go to the Resources section of the forum, you should find links there to stores and sites in your country. If not, there are sites that ship internationally. If you need help, just let us know.


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I rearrenged his cage a bit. And put this perch as his main one: https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/Trixie-Y-Sh...5876/647826901
Will this be okay? This perch is much wider than the plastic one so (with logic) the place he has to sit and hold/grasp with his lil leg is wider so its more comfortable?
Also i couldnt fixate the ladder to this so i used plastic holder to hold it in place (black ones) https://www.aliexpress.com/item/100p...384719524.html
Is this safe for him? I tithened as much as i could (and cut off loose ends)but im afraid its bad for him if he takes interest and tries it out. UUU whats this new chew toy? Its wrapped around on his sitting perchs end (one branch of the V shape) and he can reach the top that goes around the perch. I coulndt do it otherwise.. Or maybe with strings or sg? If i take out the ladder he will have even more difficulty to move around.
Will this help him? Ease his pain and help prevent?????
I will try to call other vets to see if they can handle birds maybe they can give a closer appointment.. I have a full day work tomorrow and honostly dunno what to do...
Please keep sending me advice im very desperate and scared. Im crying all over the place, maybe im overfeeling it. I just cant help it.

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