green cheek broken leg
My green cheek broke his leg when my son accidentally stepped on him. The break was down by his foot at the joint. The avian vet splinted his leg. He has had the splint on for 15 days and this neck apparatus to keep him from picking at his splint.
Vet changed the bandages on the neck item 7 days ago. ( My family watched bird for past week when I went out of town. They were not comfortable with taking off neck thing. (I don't remember the name of this thing) I got home today and I took it off and put new bandages around center ring. I let him go with out neck thing all day. He was able to groom himself and I know was so happy.
My family and I have been doing this for him ( grooming). I kept him close around me all day. Watching that he did not pick at splint. It is night and I have to put this neck thing back on. He seems to be miserable with it. He did not seem to bother with his leg splint to much today. It was horrible putting this neck thing back on for the bird and myself. He makes a noise like I have never heard. I am going to bed and I do not feel 100% confident with the fit although I think I did it right. It will spin but he can't seem to get his beak underneath plastic.
When can I ditch this neck thing? I am just afraid he may pick at splint in middle of the night or early morning. Although, he didn't do this today. If he ran his beak on splint I said stop and he stopped. He will get another x ray in two days. Two more weeks of this neck thing seems impossible. I want to quit torturing this bird with this neck thing asap. I cant imagine another week or two of putting this thing on every night. Now that I know I can take it off and am here to watch him I will have too. He has worn neck thing around the clock up until now I am keeping him in a 10 gallon aquarium, instead of his cage where he would climb (picture is vet cage). Also he has quit talking. I hope the anesthesia he was given didn't have anything to do with that. I have not seen any movement in his foot. Which worries me too. He can move his leg though) Thank you for any new input or opinions.