Buddy's Toe

My Avian vet thinks Buddy may have to have his toe amputaited cause it is black near the nail and cold to the touch. he had a tiny scrap on the side of his toe and now he picked at it so it became a mess. also started on the toe next to it,

Buddy's foot was caught on a string from the cover I had on the cage at night. his feet were perfect till this happened? I soak with epson salt and bandage so he can't bite any more skin off, It's only on left foot. hes a strong bird 3 years old and has never picked his feathers off. I just love him so much. I'm just so worried.

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Jul 26, 2010
Buddy's Toe
by: Linda

If the toe is rotting, the Avian is correct to suggest amputation because as the toe continues to rot, it may also go to the other toes, feet and leg. So, if he is biting it now and the one next to it, he could end up losing both toes. Your bird may need to be fitted for an Elizabethan collar afterwards to keep him away from site. Talk with Avian Vet about that.

If bird loses only one toe on a foot, they can usually manage to get around cage just fine. One of my Amazons has a toe off each foot, and gets around fine and can sit the perch good too. You don't want to risk loses two toes on one foot though as he may not be able to sit on perch.

Thanks for writing,
Linda

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