Budgie with leg problem
I have a 5 month old budgie. One day, about a month ago he suddenly refused to go out of his cage (he used to fly every day in the room, he had his favourite place he would sit on). If we took him out of his cage, he flew only a little oriented towards the ground, his flight wasn't directed towards a higher place (such a lamp or a palm tree - he previously used to sit all day long on these.)
A week ago I found him on the floor of his cage lying on his back, not being able to turn around. I took him in my hand to check him out and I observed he couldn't stay anymore on his right foot on the perches, choosing to stay on the ground and limping whenever he went to eat. Next day, I took him to a General Veterinarian (here in Romania there are no Avian vets). He had consulted him and told us he probably hurt his leg (his leg was a bit swollen) in the cage and prescribed him hydrocortisone to put on his leg, a cocktail of vitamines (liquid multivitamin solution for birds) to be put in his drinking water.
Today, I observed that his leg was ok and he stands on both legs but he leans on his tummy and whenever he 'walks' he crawls, helping himself by his beak. When I put him on my finger he stands on both legs in a normal position but he begins to shiver all of a sudden, chirps and opens widely his wings. Nevertheless, in his cage he stands on his chest and belly and still crawls whenever he goes to eat.
I suppose he's physically okay but he's afraid not to fall off his perch or off my finger..How can I cure his fear? Is a treatment possible in this case ?
Thank you for your time, I hope I'll have an answer soon.