Finger missing problem

by Mohammed Faraz
(Saudi Arabia)

I have an urgent problem
i got a female indian ringneck yesterday.....we didn't observe it much while buying it....the bird is missing a finger in the of its leg has only three finger...and it doesn't have nail for 2 fingers too....please tell me if it is a defect or a disease or whatever the problem is....the reason is that i already have a male i am afraid if the female is having a disease it wolud affect my male parrot and i would have to return it back....Please give me the reply fast...i hope you understood the problem
Thank you

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Dec 04, 2011
could be anything
by: Anonymous

There is no telling what reason your bird is missing toes. If you are worried & you're close to an avian vet give them a call & ask them what they think.

Missing toes won't affect the bird in any way at all. It will still be completely normal in walking, behaviour etc... I have an eclectus parrot with one toe missing. It was caused by constricted toe syndrome. He still gets around normally.

Keep a close eye on your bird for any indication it might not be well. The feathers & eyes should be bright. Your bird should be alert. If worried see a vet &/or take the bird back.

Dec 03, 2011
Finger missing problem
by: Linda

Your hen's missing toes are going to cause problems with breeding if that is what you have in mind. The female has to be able to balance perfectly in order to breed, and this one probably won't be able to do that. Also, the male may attack her because of her defects, so please put her into her own cage for a while until you see if they even like each other.

Sick and injured birds, in the wild, are either killed by other members of the flock or are driven out to die alone, so you'll need to allow them to become acquainted in separate cages and then give them some time outside cage together. Be sure to watch them constantly when they are out of cage together to keep male from going for her in case he feels she is not suitable. This means watching them every second they are outside cage together because attacks are often quick and brutal.

As Tracie said, your new bird needs to be checked out by an Avian Vet to see if she has any contageous infections.

The other thing to consider here is that this female is going to have a rough time finding a good home, so if you can take care of her, please do so. Later you may wish to get another hen for your male, and the introductions would be the same. Never put strange birds together in a cage because of the possibility of one or both being severely injured. All birds have to get to know one another before being put into same cage.

Your new little hen may end up being a wonderful companion and pet, so please give her a chance to get to know you and trust you. You may be her last chance at getting a good home. Birds are not like furniture or computers as for returning defective merchandise. They are highly intelligent, feeling and loving creatures who need our help when we are presented with an opportunity. If you can afford to take good care of her, keep her and give her the good home she needs and deserves.


Dec 02, 2011
Bird missing toe and nails
by: Tracie

It is likely that the toes were either bit off by another bird or it is a defect. Here in the US, most people take their birds to an avian vet before bringing a new bird into their home.

I suggest you Find an Avian Vet to examine your new bird before keeping it with your other bird(s) just to make sure you are not bringing a disease into your home.

If the breeder has a certificate showing their birds are seen by an avian vet, and your bird is healthy, then you don't have to take the bird to the vet.

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