Approximately 5 Weeks after hatching, Cockatiel...lazy foot

by John Fahlsing
(St. Petersburg, Fl.)

My question is this, He/She seems to have lazy left foot, the other grasps ok, and he/she has even started to climb a bit, trying to reach a perch higher up in cage. I had to bring it home cause the other, 13, minus the mom was attacking it, so out of fear and I probably did the most damage, I brought it home.

Is it possible that sometimes a bird will develop the other foot later on, hopefully soon? I keep holding it, checking the foot, and he/she is eating, drinking, poops look normal, color good and starting to tweet at me too. My quaker seems to be accepting the new bird so far.

The reflex is ok too, I touch it and watch the response, but no grasping yet, and no, there's no pain or response that it might be damaged so I look out pretty good for it.

Help anyone, My heart is bigger than my knowledge or common sense. And he/she seems to stay on bottom of cage, tail bobbing up and down when nervous but not continuous.

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Nov 27, 2012
Approximately 5 Weeks after hatching, Cockatiel...lazy foot
by: Linda

This is a problem that needs the attention of an Avian Vet ONLY in your driving area. Only avian vets can diagnose and treat birds because they have gone to school more years to be able to do this. Birds have special needs in the art of diagnosis and treatment that dog and cat vets cannot take care of and are not licensed to do.

Your bird needs to have xrays of the foot in question and a comprehensive exam by an avian vet so you can find out what is wrong and how to treat it. This bird will be crippled if action is not taken immediately. Lots of these kinds of problems are genetic in origin though it can also be from poor feeding and care before and after hatching. What I'm saying is there are lots of breeders who leave a lot to be desired as to ethics and morals in breeding birds. They feed cheap food with little nutritional value to the parents who do the best they can under the circumstances. These people are also "allergic" to avian vets because they might actually have to put out some of the "profit" money to take care of a bird.If bird breeding and raising is done correctly, with the bird's needs in mind, there is little if any profit. Only the ones who cut corners are able to make money, and they are doing so standing on the blood and guts of innocent birds. Shameful and yet it continues to go on and on.

So, you with the big heart, like many of us, take on someone else's lack of ethics and morals and have to take care of a little bird like this one. go ahead and have him examined soon because this may or may not get better. In fact, this could get much worse if it is not explored further. Birds like this are not used for breeding, ever, and if and/or when you place him in new home, make sure new caretakers are aware of this fact. Birds with problems are not to be used for breeding because if it is a congenital/genetic problem, they pass it onto their young.

Thanks for writing and let us know what Avian Vet has to say because your information can help other people work with similar issues.Bird breeding and raising needs to be based on a love for the bird not how much money a person can make doing it. We are still human, so let us all act like it when it comes to breeding pets who do not need to be bred.


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