Conure with dislocated leg
I was recently made aware of an injured conure through a posting on a classified listing site. The owner stated in the ad that her bird was injured and she could not afford care for it. The ad read as follows: “My conure has what looks like a dislocated leg. Doesn’t seem to hurt at all because you can touch and move it and he shows no signs of pain. Still moves about the cage and eats fine. I don’t have the money to fix it or even put it to sleep.”
After speaking with her on the phone she explained that the injury occurred after her boyfriend threw the bird against a table after getting angry with it. The bird has been suffering with this injury for more than a week. I explained that the bird may not seem to be in pain but is definately suffering and is likely in shock and may not make it much longer. I told her of the urgency in getting him to a vet. She said there are no vets in her area and she can't afford gas money to travel far to bring him to one. I offered to drive the hour to pick him up from her today but she isn't available as she attends night classes.
I am going tomorrow which is the soonest she can release the bird to me. I have already contacted my avian vet to make him aware of this bird. Any suggestions on transporting the bird and any idea based on what information I have given if the bird would survive an injury like this if it is/has been dislocated for a week or more? I am horrified by this and just want to get the bird out of harms way and get him vet care as soon as possible.