toes rotting off

by Lellie
(New Zealand)

Hi we have raised several lovebird chicks, one has been treated with antibiotics from the breeder as it began to have its toes go black the die then drop off on one foot, now it is healed and he just has a stump but is doing well. Now another toe on its other foot is doing the same as well as the 2 siblings toes starting to show similar signs, what could this be? they seem to have slightly swollen joints (Knees?) Please help

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May 14, 2011
Bird toes rotting
by: The Avian Vet

This could be several things. It may be a circulatory issue. It could be caused by infection. It could be caused by inappropriate nesting material which could be getting wrapped around the digits. It could also be caused by low humidity in the nest box. You need to have these birds examined by an avian veterinarian.

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May 13, 2011
toes rotting off
by: Linda

This is something for an Avian Vet to take a look at. If the breeder did not take the birds to an Avian Vet, they have done these birds a great dis-service, so please do not follow in their misguided footsteps.

Whatever is wrong is serious, and it could be something that could have been treated or still can be for the ones who still have toes.

Do not delay in finding and going to an Avian Vet in your driving area because what has happened to the toes may happen to the legs. This sounds like gangrene and could continue to eat away at bird's extremeties.

Unless the breeder did take them for a proper diagnosis, she did not even know what antibiotics to give them in the first place. Different infections need different antibiotics. This may not be an infection but a condition where cause needs to be found.

Let us know what the avian vet says about all this.


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