Kakariki eating own feet

by Nick

Our 6 month old Kakariki arrived to us with 2 missing claws on right foot. We put it down to poor keeping from previous owner, as he was in a very small cage with no toys and from what we gather a rather neglectful owner.

However we have had him 2 weeks now and bought a large cage and put a decent selection of toys out. He seems happy and settled but we noticed today that he has lost another claw off his right foot so is now down to one. We haven't actually seen him eating his feet, which leads us to believe he is doing it whilst we are out of the house.

My girlfriend and I work 5 days a week, but usually different hours so he is usually on his own for around 5 hours. Would boredom be the reason he has removed his claws? He doesn't seem to have any other ailment but could it be that he is ill? His cage is cleaned at least twice a day, but we are yet to tame him properly so haven't let him out of the cage yet. Thanks

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Sep 06, 2011
bad toes
by: Anonymous

I would take your bird to a vet ASAP. It sounds to me as though he is ill. Is there blood all over, cause he could potentially bleed to death. He is probably sick with something or has mites. Avian ASAP.

Sep 05, 2011
Bird chewing off toes
by: Tracie

Birds do not bite off their toes out of boredom. Something must really bother the bird and it keeps chewing to get rid of whatever it is feeling inside the foot. Please Find an Avian Vet for your bird right away. It likely has an infection that needs to be diagnosed so the proper medicine can be prescribed.

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