Budgie hurt foot

by Matthew
(Mosta, Malta)

I have a baby budgie, maybe 7 weeks old, he hasn't even got all his feathers yet, and is still partly covered in down. When I got him, at age 5 weeks, he had a bad foot it seems, because he didn't walk properly, but still was able to climb around and get on perches and stuff.

Today though it seems he's just not using his foot anymore, and cannot reach food, stay on perches... He is eating and drinking normally though. Also as a side note he has stopped flying around a week ago, before that he used to fly high ok, now he's barely making a few feet, and cannot fly up.

Now it seems he's getting a tiny bit better at flying but he's still experiencing difficulties. The foot looks a normal colour and does not seem to be hurt or deformed, but I am concerned that he might die, and I have really gotten attached to the little guy. I'm asking you because there are no avian vets in Malta, and i'm worried regular vets wouldn't know how to treat this. Thanks awfully

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Jan 05, 2010
Budgie with hurt foot
by: The Vet

You need to have your bird seen by an avian veterinarian. There seem to be several issues here that concern me. First, if he is really 7 weeks old but does not have all of his feathers, this is a problem. If he is not using one or both of his feet, this is abnormal and could be caused by many things. Then, if suddenly he cannot fly after being able to, then certainly there is a problem with that, too. Your bird needs immediate medical attention by an avian veterinarian.

Dr B

Jan 04, 2010
Budgie hurt foot
by: Linda

Your bird needs to be seen by an Avian Vet as soon as you can get an appointment. I also don't understand what you said about flying. If he does not have all his feathers, how is he flying in the first place. You'll also want the Avian Vet to trim his primary flight feathers on his wings. They are the first layer of feathers on the bottom of wings, and this will help to keep him safe. Do not cut anymore feathers than the primary ones as cutting farther up hurts the birds and can cripple them.

Your bird is ill and will not make it if he isn't treated by an Avian Vet, so please do not delay taking him in.

His foot could have been broken when he was in the nest and never set. This will cause problems for the vet, and they will know what is best way to help your bird.

Thanks for writing,

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