swollen feet

by Vivien pace
(victoria)

Galah Cockatoo

Galah Cockatoo

I have a galah and his feet are swollen and he keep taping and lifting his foot , I have washed his parch with soap and antisaptic a made sure that is clean . but I don't know what to do about his swollen feet.

Can you help me please I had the bird for 12 years and I don't wish to lose him please help .
thank you

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Jan 27, 2012
swollen feet
by: Linda

Yes, as Tracie mentioned, perches for Toos and Macaws have to be quite a bit larger than for the smaller birds, and all perches have to be made from safe wood branches. A Cockatoo your size needs perches with an overall diameter of at least 1 1/2"--2" because she needs not to have to hold on so tightly. This causes early onset arthritis in both feet and legs. You'll need inside cage measurements to get the right size branch because perches come with hanger bolts sticking out some and an inside and outside washer to keep them from turning all around. Tracie has some here, so you may wish to take a look. They are also carried at most pet shops who have bird supplies.

A trip to the Avian Vet is also in order though her feet should get better with just putting in a couple of natural branch perches. It may be that she already has arthritis though, so please have her checked out by the Avian Vet in case she needs some medicine for inflammation for a while until her feet and legs get used to new perches. No over the counter meds please.

She also needs a cage large enough so she can spread her wings completely out to the sides and flap as birds like to do this, and it's good exercise. May be time for some enrichment in her life. I adore the Galah's, and yours is especially lovely. Keep in touch with us about how she's doing.

Thanks for writing,
Linda

Jan 27, 2012
Bird with swollen feet
by: Tracie

As best I can tell from the picture, your bird does not have appropriate perches. Dowels that come with the cages should be thrown away, they harm birds feet.

First Find an Avian Vet to examine your bird, as it may now have an infection or bumble foot from the perch it sits on.

Then purchase some natural wood branch perches and Rope Boings and Perches the appropriate size for your bird.

Thanks for writing, you have a beautiful bird.

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