a serious problem with a leg and diarrhea

by Damir
(Croatia, Europe)

Koki's left leg

Koki's left leg

Hello, My female budgie has this problem with her leg as shown on the enclosed photo. Unfortunately, I was too late to discover this problem only yesterday when I took my budgie to a vet because of her diarrhea condition which seems to be improving for the last few days (I've been giving her medical coal and Indian tea and the prescribed antibiotic as of yesterday).

The budgie is still somewhat dehydrated although she eats and drinks normally (the appetite was never an issue). She also sings from time to time but not as nearly as often as usual because of her hurting leg which she cannot use properly. She can also fly and she's very eager to (along with other two budgies she's been living with, although she is separated from them now in her own department of their big cage). The other two budgies have no medical problems at all.

As for any other possible symptoms, the bird's feather and beak are just fine and everything else seems to be ok (she never vomits, for example).

Anyway, the vet I took the bird to is a vet for small animals, he's not an avian specialist vet and my trouble is that he prescribed an antibiotic to help against the bird's diarrhea and a gel (for the leg) but without taking any samples of the birds droppings or anything. Unfortunately there is no avian vet specialist in my area anywhere near (the nearest one is 200 miles away).

The vet has also said my budgie has a serious problem with this ankle of hers (this white boil-like thing seems to be progressing now onto her foot as well), but it is unknown how or when she got this and whether this is related to diarrhea (as a cause or effect). The only thing worth noting is that both problems appeared at approximately the same time (the bird was always healthy prior to this and she's approx 4 years old).

Please provide some answers to what may be the problem (as shown on the photo) as well as what would be the best way to cure it, because I really cannot find a reference to anything similar on the net.

Thank you in advance,


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Jun 10, 2012
Lumps on budgies leg
by: Anonymous

The photo of your budgies legs showing the boil like yellow lesions are identical to my budgies he also has diahorrea.This had happened over last few days and I really want to know what they are and how they can be treated.

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Apr 11, 2011
by: Anonymous

Hi what was the outcome? Did ur bird have lameness? My bird has a lump and lameness and is suffering with diareah and I am just trying to get some idea of what to. Do with her as I know with small birds vets tend to suggest putting them to sleep, whilst I don't want her to suffer I also want to make sure I gain all the information I can

Feb 12, 2010
Budgie leg problem
by: The Avian Vet

The lesion on the leg and food could be one of two things ? gout or abscesses. Gout cannot be treated and euthanasia is recommended. Abscesses can be treated, but will need surgical intervention along with long term antibiotics. You should find an avian veterinarian that can diagnose and treat this problem correctly.

Dr B

Feb 10, 2010
a serious problem with a leg and diarrhea
by: Linda

FIRST OF ALL, AND READ THIS VERY CAREFULLY. YOU CANNOT TREAT THIS INFECTION BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT AN AVIAN VET OR ANY KIND OF VET AND NEITHER ARE WE. YOU NEED TO GET THE VET YOU TOOK BIRD TO TO DO A TEST TO SEE WHAT KIND OF BACTERIAL INFECTION THIS IS, AND BOTH INFECTIONS SOUND LIKE THEY MAY BE RELATED. Have Vet take a swab of bird's throat and put that under a microscope which will then tell them what type of bacteria it is. Have them do either a fluid draw or scrape for the infection on the leg and look at it under the microscope. If the two bacteria are different, then they may can be treated with same antibiotic or not. It may take two if they are too different from each other. Tests ALWAYS have to be done to determine what type of infections birds have. All antibiotics do not cure all infections, so a diagnosis is absolutely a must here.

STOP ALL THE HOME REMEDIES AS YOU ARE MAKING THINGS WORSE, AND THERE CAN BE INTERACTIONS BETWEEN MEDS VET IS GIVING YOU FOR BIRD AND THE HOME REMEDIES. Too bad you don't have an Avian vet, but this one has been lax in performing the correct tests for your bird. Also, any birds that have been in close proximity to this one can also be sick as infections are highly contageous. Continue to keep this one out of living quarters and even in a cage close to the others.

Let us know what happens here, and hopefully all will be well.


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