Conure leg hurt from fall

by jennie

I have a conure which is approx. 22 years old. He fell three days ago in flight . That night he seemed fine I picked him up he went on my hand using both feet in curl . Next evening when I let him out he didn't fly seemed to be favoring his leg. Next morning his leg wasn't working well. Then during the later morning it seemed to go in a straight fixed position no motion to his foot.

I took him out of the cage and made him sick bed . Took him to the vet today and he has no fractures or tumors. Vet doesn't know what the problem is . Told us to wait a few days incase it is inflammation. He is eating and drinking but seems a lot quieter he is a very verbal bird. Said then we could take him to a bird specialist . I know that could be very very costly and given his age what they could put him through could kill him. Any thing I could do to help my bird out. They did do x rays.

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Jan 31, 2013
Conure fell when flying
by: Tracie

My concern is how your bird fell while flying. Something is wrong there, because your bird should not drop out of the air when flying.

Then my mind goes to realizing that your bird is flying around your home, where it can chew all kinds of toxic items. It could have a problem from getting into something toxic. All the bird has to do is lick or chew a metal object that isn't bird safe or chew something brought in on your shoes.

Please DO get the bird to an avian specialist and either get the wings trimmed or make sure the bird is ONLY in a completely bird safe room when out.

Please use this Find an Avian Vet link to find an avian vet for your bird so it can be examined to determine what is wrong and what the potential treatment might be.

Jan 31, 2013
Conure fell and hurt leg
by: The Avian Vet

My first recommendation is to go see the specialist. You may be surprised and fid it not as costly as you expect. You can then at least get pain medication and anti-inflammatory medication to help with inflammation.

With the description it sounds like there is sciatic nerve involvement. Maybe from the fall or maybe unrelated. I recommend a work up with blood, additional x-rays, have a specialist perform the exam and read the x-rays. Occasionally reproductive organ enlargement will cause pressure on the sciatic and other nerves, as can tumors.

Dr B
You can use this Find an Avian Vet link to find an avian vet for your bird.

Jan 31, 2013
Conure leg hurt from fall
by: Linda

First of all, the "specialist" is who you should have taken him to in the first place. They are no more expensive than wasting money on dog and cat vets who DO kill birds on a regular basis. An Avian Vet will take xrays of his leg and foot because this sounds exactly like a fracture, and only an xray will show where it is so they can fix it. Anytime a bird falls and loses use of his leg, it means there is most likely a fracture. If fractures and breaks are not fixed right away, the bone may have to be rebroken to set it properly so your bird has use of his leg. The delay here may cause bird more suffering than was actually necessary.

Take your bird to only an Avian Vet now and in the future. They are the only vets licensed and trained in the care, diagnosis and treatment of birds. Dog and cat vets are not even licensed to look at a bird much less treat it. This is why they suggested you take bird to Avian Vet.

The Avian vet will only do what is necessary to help your bird. If you had any idea of how much pain your bird is in, you'd know that the worst has already happened and now he needs the services of a vet trained in the care of birds.

Good luck, and once you find avian vet, take your bird to only them in the future.


Jan 31, 2013
Conure Injury
by: Alex

My experience with bird specialists is that they are not necassarily more expensive than a normal vet.

I have seen 2 in the past. It cost me £15 and a normal vet cost £14 (local vet used or emergencies only).

I would suggest that you look for an avian vet within a good travelling range and register your bird ith them so that you can use them whenever your bird is sick or injured.

Bird specialists are much better at acring or animals and highly specialised in handling and treating birds, even under the strain of anaesthetic

A cat and dog vet will be the one who most likely kills your bird due to inexperience. Birds can go in to cardiac arrest easily when handled by normal vets.

I last used my local vet for an emergency where an avian vet stated I just needed them to give me some anti-biotics and they checked the doses with him.

Thank you for writing and I hope your bird's leg gets better.

It is certainly worth getting a bird specialist (avian vet) involved.

Jan 30, 2013
by: Anonymous

Hmm strange isn't it. Sounds like inflammation then, did the doctor advise you what to do if it was inflammation? You did do the right thing... If xrays shows nothing, and an overall physical examination shows nothing, I too am puzzled. / I have a conure and never had a situation like this so far.. / Please keep us posted and do follow up with a specialist. Was this an AVIAN doctor or a local Dog/Cat/Bird Doctor... there is such a great difference...

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