Only uses one leg, Why???

by Leslie Simpkins
(Waldorf, MD)

My parakeet, General, has been limping for a day and now won't walk on it at all. He holds his leg up and to the side. I touch it and move it and he dosen't scream or squak so I don't think there is any pain. He is a singer and hasn't stopped. He's a very cheerful and happy bird. Also there is no color/temp changes in his feet. They look the same.

I don't recall any accident or injury. He is only about 5 months old. We got him around 5 weeks ago at a pet store and they said that he was 3-4 months old. I did read that with out verying sized purches parakeets can get cramps in there feet. Is that true and could that still be what is bothering him? Is there something I can do to try to identify pain, or are there tell-tail signs other than him not using the foot?

Please and thank you in advance!!


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Jan 06, 2013
Bird only using one leg
by: The Avian Vet

You need to take him in to be seen by an avian veterinarian.

Dr B
Please use this Find an Avian Vet link to find an avian vet for your bird.

Nov 26, 2012
Only uses one leg, Why???
by: Linda

Your bird has injured himself when you were not looking. You have to take him to an Avian Vet to be examined and probably have an xray of the leg and foot to see if there is a break or hairline fracture. If there is a break, and you wait too long, avian vet will have to rebreak it to be able to fix it, so get him into the avian vet right away.

Also, you do need to get him sitting safe wood natural branch perches because of the varying diameters of a branch. Sitting on the dowel rods like he's on causes much leg and foot pain plus arthritis after a few years' of this. You can find safe natural wood branches with the hardware already installed in various places on the internet and in some pet shops who carry bird supplies. Measure inside cage dimensions because the perches come with an inside and outside washer so you don't want to measure outside dimensions or perches won't fit. Get the correct size for your bird's feet, and they are usually in sections in online pet stores for your species of bird.

Take him to only an avian vet and have them check for infections while there as well. You can't take birds to dog and cat vets unless they are also licensed as avian vets which some do but most do not. Dog and cat vets do know what to do with birds or other exotic animals, and are not even licensed to treat them, so find an avian vet in your driving area and get him in there.

Thanks for writing and let us know what avian vet had to say.


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