7 year old sun conure putting foot up more than usual

by Ilana
(Ontario, Canada)

My 7 year old female sun conure Teka has lately been putting her left foot up more than usual. She was at the vet 2 weeks ago for a nail and beak trim, and since then has been putting up her left foot (this is the foot she normally puts up when resting) more than usual. I have looked at her foot but nothing looks wrong externally, and she still walks about when we do our trick training without any trouble. I don't know if anything is wrong since she is the first conure I have had. I don't know if this is of any relevance but she is pigeon toed so she kinda puts weight on the side of her feet...

She is not overweight; she has always weighed 97 grams and eats pellets and fruit.

Anything would be helpful because she is my baby!

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Jul 13, 2012
getting better?
by: Ilana

I thought they might have cut her toenail too close, but we have a really good avian vet. I wasn't at the appointment since my mom took her, so I don't know what happened. She was having some trouble balancing on my finger but she's always like that after the vet. I heard her fall the to floor a couple times from her cage so maybe her foot was sore?

Today she is only putting her foot up when content and all fluffy and it's not excessive like the week before. Her balance is back to normal now as well. I'm going to watch her Saturday and Sunday and I'll call the vet if she keeps putting her foot up a lot.

Jul 13, 2012
Bird holding foot up after nail trim
by: Tracie

It is possible they cut a toenail too close and the nerve is still causing pain or discomfort. It is also possible that they held the foot too tight and bruised or even broke a bone.

If the bird does not start using it's foot properly in another week, I would take the bird back to the vet for an x-ray. I would call NOW to let them know what is going on, so they know it was their fault and they don't charge you for the visit or the x-ray.

If you are not using an avian vet, then please Find an Avian Vet for future visits.

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