limping parrot

by karen
(trinidad )

my parrot limping what to do

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Jun 27, 2009
To the Avian Vet
by: Linda

Hi Karen and good-day to you! Your bird needs to be seen by an Avian Vet in your area. It is not normal for them to limp and can mean bird has gotten his leg caught in something and hurt leg, foot or both while struggling to get his leg free.

Please take him in to a qualified Avian Vet as soon as you can as this will probably get worse until he is seen by vet.

The other thing, is check his cage and play area very carefully for where this injury could have happened. Make sure there are no toys or dishes where he can get a foot or toe hung behind it. Make sure any chain in cage is large enough for a foot to go through(make sure he cannot get his head through it) and be easily pulled back out. Use only cotton rope for toys and attach perches, made from natural wood branches(ask vet about safe wood branches for birds in your area). Make sure tree has never been sprayed with bug spray or fertilizers as these get into the wood and make it poison. Wash branches in hot water with a very little soap, scrub off any dirty places, rinse clean and let dry for some time. It is best to get the branches in the fall and winter while the sap is down. Don't know what kind of winters you have there? Never use wire to attach perhes to cage as wire is very dangerous to birds. Use nickel or stainless steel washers and what is called "butterfly" or wing nuts to hold the washers on. You will also need hanger bolts that are put into the end of the perch about 1 to 1 1/2". Ask people in hardware store about what size hanger bolts, washers and wing nuts you need.

So, first thing is to take bird to Avian vet, second thing or first thing, is to check bird's entire environment for dangerous areas where he may have hurt his leg or foot. Also check his foot and see if it has any cuts or sores on it.

Hope this helps,

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