Crimson Rosella Bleeding Feet

by Ana

Hello! I have Crimson Rosella. It's a male. A few weeks ago we spotted wounds on his feet. We took the parrot to two different vets. The first one just gave us antibiotics and some vitamins for him. It did not help. Then the second one thought that this wounds might be the consequence of the metal mark-ring, he had around his right foot, it was tight, it could not be rotated around his foot. But the wounds are on both feet. Anyway he removed the mark. The bleeding stopped for a few days but know it's back. What might cause the bleeding?

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Jul 04, 2009
Bird with bleeding feet
by: The Vet

This is a very serious problem and needs to be seen by a board certified avian veterinarian since the non-specialists have not been able to help your bird. There are a number of things that will cause this ? allergies, poor diet, poor perches, self-mutilation, circulatory disease, viral infections, tobacco smoke and nicotine, toxins...

A diagnosis needs to be made, but your bird needs immediate relief, pain management, and supportive care until a diagnosis can be made. You may need a skin biopsy, x-rays, and other tests such as blood work and cultures,.

Do you have a specialist in your area? Search this site to possibilities. -

Jul 03, 2009
Cage Check
by: Linda

Check every inch of his cage and perches for any sharp places. Powder coated cages that were not finished properly have "sharps" where the powder coat paint ran into points and dried that way. Check toys for any sharp places on chain or any metal parts. Check perches for any sharp raised places especially if you are using Manzanita. All manzanita perches have to have the points sanded down before birds can stand on them.

This sounds like something he is hurting his feet on rather than an infection, so check cage and everything in it plus any playstands you have for him. Check them several times as sometimes it is a very small place where the sharp is. We bought a new large flight cage made by HQ, and the first hour the Amazon hen was in it, she cut her foot and started bleeding. It took us almost an hour to find a tiny place where the powder coat had dried into a tiny little point. Soon as that was sanded down some, no more bleeding feet. It also happened with a Manzanita branch where we had missed a sharp place or two sticking up on it, and more bleeding feet. Have someone else check cage with you as sometimes another person will help find the problem. Two head and hands are better than one.Also bells on the ends of toys sometimes have sharp edges. Use your hand as well as your eyes. Hands are better because sharp places will hurt us too when we find them.

Keep us posted on what you find in his surroundings.

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