Freda: Parakeet Feet

by Freda
(Sunflower, Ms)

Firts Question: My parakeet always has his left foot up and tucked....Does that mean something is wrong with his foot?

Second Question: I've had my parakeet for more ten a month.. He is untamed...I got him from a pet store. He wouldn't let us touch him...Recently, I decided to let him out of the cage...H e wouldn't come out the front...So I took the entire top of...When he decided to fly...He was bumping into the walls....What can I do to make my parakeet more relaxed and at home?

Extra Info: I bought him a toy and some Millet Spray for treats...He loves it!

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Aug 26, 2009
Freda
by: Linda

Yes, your bird needs to see an Avian Vet. I noticed another lady gave you a phone number for a vet in your area. WHEN YOU GET YOUR BIRD'S WINGS CLIPPED, MAKE SURE THEY ONLY CLIP THE PRIMARY FLIGHT FEATHERS WHICH ARE THE long ONES ON THE BOTTOM OF THE WINGS. IF ANYMORE ARE CLIPPED, IT HURTS THE BIRD AND CRIPPLES IT SOMETIMES FOR LIFE. YOUR BIRD ALSO NEEDS TO BE CHECKED FOR ANY BACTERIAL INFECTIONS. MAKE SURE YOU ARE TAKING BIRD TO PEOPLE WHO ARE LICENSED TO TREAT BIRDS AS THE DOG AND CAT VETS CANNOT TREAT YOUR BIRD.AVIAN VETS HAVE TO GO TO SCHOOL MORE YEARS TO BE ABLE TO KNOW HOW TO TREAT BIRDS, REPTILES AND OTHER EXOTIC PETS. WHEN YOU CALL FOR APPOINTMENT, ASK THEM IF THEY HAVE A LICENSED AVIAN VET ON STAFF AND MAKE APPOINTMENT WITH THEM.

As Tracie said, you need to study and learn how to tame and train your bird. Once its wings are clipped, the job will be easier, and check out the training aids Tracie gave you. Until you know what you are doing, leave your bird in his cage. Once you feel you are learning some things, then start to work with him. MAKE SURE THIS IS AFTER A TRIP TO THE VET FOR WING CLIPPING AND TO MAKE SURE BIRD IS NOT ILL WITH ANY INFECTIONS/PARASITES. A SICK BIRD WILL NOT BE HAPPY AND WILL NOT FEEL LIKE WORKING WITH YOU. KEEP ANY TAMING/TRAINING TO 15 MINUTES OR LESS A COUPLE OF TIMES A DAY.

ALSO, FEED FREDA THE FOOD TRACIE SUGGESTED AS AN ALL SEED DIET IS NOT A NUTRITIOUS ONE, AND BIRD WILL NOT LIVE AS LONG AS IT NEEDS TO. TRACIE CARRIES THE Harrison's OUT HERE, SO CHECK IT OUT.

Let us know how it goes.

Linda

Aug 26, 2009
RE:@ Tracie
by: Freda

I won't take my parakeet out of the cage anymore...Actually when we let the parakeet "Sunny" out of the cage. He actually let us touch him for the first time..My husband was able to touch his feet, his chest, the back of his head...and I told him that from my research he has to grab the bird from the back to hold the wings down. The bird allowed him to grab it and he actually put Sunny in the cage.

Also, there isn't an Avian Vet listing on here for Indianola, Mississippi. It's called Family Vetenarian Clinic at the number is 662-887-1224

Aug 26, 2009
Parakeet questions
by: Tracie

When you say your parakeet "always" has his foot tucked up, do you mean literally "always?" If he never puts his foot down, then "yes" it is a problem. If he tucks it up to sleep and rest, then it is normal.

As far as training goes, it takes much time and patience to train wild birds. Your bird was not hand fed and played with by humans before coming to your home. You will have to teach the bird that you are not only safe, but enjoyable to be with. ;-)

Do not let your bird fly around the room like you did before. It could injure itself by flying into a window, mirror or landing on something that falls. I know of a bird that flew into a doorknob and died. :-( Also, it scares the bird when you have to trap it to get it back in the cage and only reinforces the idea that you are scary. (Ceiling fans are deadly also.)

We have some training articles that might help you on our Parrot Training page you should read. Please read the article on Parrot Health also. Your bird needs to be eating healthy pellets like Harrison's if you want the bird to live a good long healthy life.

It would be to your benefit, in my opinion, to find breeder in your area that you can take the bird to and have it's wings clipped also. This way you can open the cage door and put your hand in and start training the bird without fear that the bird may fly out. Also, once you get the bird out of the cage, it will not fly and hurt itself.

Let us know how you get along! If your parakeet is a budgie, it is possible that your bird may start repeating things you say and become quite entertaining. :-)

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