My canary has splotchy red patches on both legs.

by Cindy Fulk
(North Carolina)

It originally started as very dry and scaly feet. I took him to the vet, and was told to purchase sunshine factor dietary supplement, to use for 30 days. It has not improved his condition, it seems in fact to have worsened it. Now he has blood red patchey splotches all up and down his legs and feet. He seems very uncomfortable, hopping from foot to foot, pecking at his feet and legs. I keep his cage and food dishes cleaned daily, and he has no contact with other birds. What can I do?

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May 02, 2011
Cindy again
by: Anonymous

I have since taken my canary to an avian vet. He has given me an antibiotic cream, for his problem. The is extremely harsh and is burning his legs. I'm suppose to apply it 2x daily. I had to stop becausew it was causing him extreme discomfort. (I didn't realize how much it burned until I tried it on a cut on my skin, I now know why he is so uncomfortable).
I will post more about his diet, in my next message.

May 02, 2011
Red on bird legs
by: The Avian Vet

What is his diet? What kind of perches are in his cage? Has he plucked his legs? Has he been DNA sexed? Did the veterinarian do any blood work? I recommend that you take your bird to a board certified avian veterinarian.

This problem could be caused by infections, contact allergy, diet, self-trauma, and many other etiologies. Your bird will need some diagnostic work ups, including blood work and maybe even skin biopsies to determine a cause and provide appropriate treatment.

Sunshine Factor is an excellent supplement for some skin problems. I recommend continuing this supplement even though it has not helped this condition it is excellent for other functions such as keeping the skin and feathers healthy and boosting the immune system.

Dr B

Apr 30, 2011
My canary has splotchy red patches on both legs.
by: Linda

This could be a fungal infection or a parasite. Have your Avian Vet take a skin scrape and look at it under the microscope to see what it is. I cannot imagine why an avian vet would not have done that first thing. If you took your bird to regular dog and cat vet, they will do nothing to help her because they are not licensed to treat exotic animals and birds. They won't tell you this and will keep charging you office visits while allowing your bird to die. So, find a licensed and trained avian vet in your driving area and get this taken care of before it spreads all over her body.


Apr 30, 2011
In regards to my canary
by: Cindy

I took my canary to a reg cat/dog vet, and was told she had consulted with an avian vet in regards to treating my bird. My friends had taken their birds there for treatment and referred me.

Apr 30, 2011
Canary with red patches on legs
by: Tracie

I am so sorry the vet didn't have the answer for you. Did you take your bird to an avian vet, or a regular cat/dog vet?

Dr B will answer eventually, hopefully he will have some direction for you.

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