Senegal Limping

(Cleveland Heights, OH)

My Senegal has 2 red spots on the bottom of 1 foot. Began limping slightly, but is now getting worse to the point of him not wanting to put any weight on it. He is eating fine and still trying 2 get into trouble as usual. Are the spots a sign of disease? If an injury, is there a type of "sock" to allow healing while still allowing use of foot?

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Jan 28, 2012
Bird limping due to sores
by: The Avian Vet

This is bumblefoot and can be very serious. A sock is not what your bird needs. He needs better perches and a complete and balanced diet.

The best perch to use is the Polly's Pastel Pedicure Perch Baby Large. This perch should be the highest perch in the cage so he sleeps on it. This will help to prevent further lesions and will help to cure minor lesions. Get rid of all of the smooth perches in the cage such as wooden or plastic dowels.

A complete balanced diet is very important in preventing this disease as well as many others. Your bird should be eating 80% pellets with only 20% treats. Harrison's or Roudybush pellets are the best to feed your bird.

Most important is that you have these lesions looked at by an avian veterinarian in case there is need for other treatment such as antibiotics and pain medication. Find an Avian Vet

Dr B

Jan 26, 2012
Senegal Limping
by: Linda

These spots may be pressure sores caused from incorrect perches. Perches have to be made from safe wood natural branches, and these come already made in some pet stores who carry bird supplies and on the internet like on this website. The perches need to be the correct size for your bird's feet.

The dowels that come with cages are horrible for bird's feet and legs because they have to hold onto them so hard. Branches are a little different diameters all the way across giving feet a chance to rest.Measure inside cage widths so the perches fit correctly as they have an inside and outside washer for the hanger bolts in them.

If your bird has not been to an Avian Vet within the last year, it would be a good idea to also have them look at this and see if it is "pressure sores" or something else. Do Not let this get any worse without seeking the help of a trained Avian Vet ONLY.

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