Sun conure fell and injured his right leg

by Mike & Karen
(St. Paul, Mn)

Our little pal Buster ( 17 years ) took tumble in his cage yesterday and injured his right leg. His additude seems good and is eat & drinking and talks to us as always he does. However he tries but cannot bare weight on his right leg. He will gingerly use his right foot to grip the cage while climbing and stepping up.

We have moved him to a much smaller and specially furnished cage to ease his effort and limit his movement. We need to know if there is anything we can do to aid his healing, ease his pain, or increase his comfort?

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Mar 18, 2013
Claws may have been cut too short
by: Anonymous

Just another thing to look out for when loving your children.

My gray had trouble after the breeder, I might add, cut her claws too short.

Mar 18, 2013
Bird injured leg
by: The Avian Vet

He needs to be seen by an avian veterinarian immediately in case he has a fracture or something else serious. Putting him in small cage was a excellent idea. Line the cage bottom with a towel and remove the perches. Why did he fall. Are his wings clipped incorrectly? Are his perches appropriate? What does he eat? Has he been seen by an avian veterinarian

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Dr B

Mar 18, 2013
Injured conure
by: Alex

Your conure needs to see an avian vet ASAP. He is in pain and xrays will need to be done to make sure he hasn''t done anything to serious. The vet can also prescribe pain medication if they need to.

The longer you leave it, them longer he is in pain.

Mar 18, 2013
Sun conure fell and injured his right leg
by: Linda

Though I'm not the Avian Vet, he will tell you the same thing. Your bird has to be examined by an Avian Vet ONLY so they can take an xray of his leg to make sure it is not broken. Breaks in bird's hollow bones are quite common, and if it is broken, it has to be set immediately or the leg will have to be re-broken in order to set it properly. So, you have no time to waste here in fnding out whether leg is broken or just bruised.

Take bird to only an Avian Vet because they are the only vets licensed and trained in bird care. Regular dog and cat vets do not know anything about handling birds, and bird may have to slightly anesthetized to get a good picture of leg. Bird have special needs as for any kind of meds, including those used for anesthetization because they have no fat and over doses will occur with someone who does not know how to treat birds.

Remember, time is of the essence here because if leg is broken it has to be set and casted right away to keep from having it re-broken so it can be set properly.

Also, your bird is in pain, and only an Avian Vet can prescribe correct type and dosage of any pain meds, so get him medical help right away.

Thanks for writing and for being concerned with your bird's health and well-being. I also suggest you put the larger cage on some kind of cushion in case this happens again in the future.Cushion can be made from layers of vinyl flooring, so as to have some "give" if he falls again. Vinyl is easy to clean, warm and needs to have a large enough radius to stop him from being hurt next time. Birds fall all the time, and hard flooring, even with carpet on it, cause many injuries.

Let us know what the Avian Vet has to say and whether leg is broken or not.

Linda
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