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.