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Last Post 05-05-2015 10:01 PM by  paganqueen
Disabled budgie help needed.
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01-05-2015 11:08 AM

    I was told by a vet that you may be able to help me with a baby budgie that I have adopted. The breeder needed someone who could give it extra care as it can't stand up. She seems to have stiff legs and lays on her belly. I have been massaging her thighs and flexing her feet and have seen some improvement but would like advice as to why she is like this and if there is anything else I can do to help her. She doesn't have splayed legs of French moult but her tail feathers have come out with no sign of regrowth. 

    Here is a short video of her.

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    01-05-2015 4:48 PM
    There are a number of reasons why a bird's legs don't function normally. Perhaps your little one was sat on when just hatched, or there is some kind of neurological problem. Or something else. How old is she? Is she eating well? Do you give her fruit and veg? Is she on normal budgie seed? If she was mine, I'd be asking an avian vet. If she's moulting feathers, it will take time for the new ones to appear. Whereabouts are you? I can't see your video for some reason, so that makes it more difficult. Have you given her flat perches to sit on? A towel under the paper at the bottom of the cage will soften any fall, flat perches, or one shaped like an oyster shell, may give your bird some confidence, not having to grip with the feet. There is no substitute for the opinion of an experienced vet, an avian vet, specialising in birds. If you let me have your county, I can point you in the direction of your nearest one.
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    01-05-2015 8:45 PM
    Hi Doddie, I am in Kent, the nearest avian vet to me is in Maidstone. She has been seen by the vet and he said she is fit and healthy and physio is the only thing that will help her. She can't perch at all, she sits in the bottom of the cage. She has no movement in her feet either. I have wrapped vet wrap round some board so she has some grip when moving about. She is now 10 weeks old. She eats well and has seeding grasses,carrot, celery, broccoli and many other veg as well as her seed. I have also given her some shelled sunflower seeds as she uses a lot of energy when moving about so I want to keep her weight up. She also has feather up and guardian angel supplements as well as limestone flour and zolcal in her water (not all given at the same time) She isn't moulting yet as she is still too young to have her first moult.
    She seems to be very stiff on her right side. When I have massaged her hips her leg seems to relax into a more natural position but tenses back when I next pick her up. She can't fly either but flaps her wings fine.
    I have kept birds for 17 years, my African grey and Hahns macaw, and have 16 birds in all but have never come across a bird with this problem before.
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    01-05-2015 8:51 PM

     Try this video

     

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    01-05-2015 9:13 PM
    I assume you've seen Mark Rowland in Maidstone. There's another vet called Clive Munns in Ashford, who's good, too. I assumed your little one was moulting when you said the tail feathers came out. My birds are having a moult atm, which is just dandy, as we've a show to go to on Bank Holiday Monday, and the two Alexandrines will look tatty ... The best person to speak to is Melinda Laws, who is expert with disabled birds. I'll try to get her to come on the Forum. In Birdline we have a Hahn's Macaw with strange legs like that, and he/she copes very well. We also have an Eclectus that has neurological issues that affect his legs, and he seems to be doing ok too. One possible cause of this kind of problem is brain damage, the brain sends messages to the legs to move, but the messages are blocked somehow. Did your vet do an exray? Blood test? I will contact Mel, perhaps she will have an idea. Thanks for putting the video on here, at least I got to see her, poor little girl. Good luck with her.
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    03-05-2015 4:56 PM
    I would be very grateful if you could get in touch with Melinda Laws, it would be good to have another opinion on this little ones problems and how to help her.
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    03-05-2015 6:17 PM
    We will be at a show tomorrow (Bank Holiday Monday). If you'd like to come down, Mel will be there, as will I, with several birds. The show opens at noon, it's the Mayday Fete, Plaistow Village Green, W. Sussex, RH 14 0PX. I know it's a distance from you (Mel lives in Ashford) but that's the quickest way to get hold of her. She does know of your bird's problem, but I strongly feel that if you could come to the show, you'd be able to talk face to face and she can ask questions. Mel has a lot of medical knowledge, and specialises in Special Needs birds, so it would be a good way to meet her.
    See you tomorrow?

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    03-05-2015 8:27 PM
    I'd love to come but I have to take care of my father who has dementia. What a shame. I live in New Romney by the way so not too far from Mel.
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    04-05-2015 7:28 PM
    It was quite a nice little show, a school fete, but very well attended. We do shows all over the place. Our next one is in your area - Ham Street - June 7th. Hame Street Festival of Transport, TN26 2JD. Mel will be there, too, so will I, and others, bringing birds etc. Try to make that one. It really would be worth your time to speak to her, you know. She's a mine of information, she's the Manager of Kent, and she's a Director of Birdline to boot, so knows a lot.

    Maybe see you there? Just look for the Birdline marquee - it's big!

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    05-05-2015 4:29 PM
    Ive a disabled Parrotlet and she walks on her tummy...
    Here's was due to a broken hip an knee...
    Not as bad as the budgie...
    Ive readapted her cage for her needs and she has been fine for the
    last 7 years...
    I hope you find what is wrong with your budgie....was your bird born like that?
    Hope all will be well
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    05-05-2015 10:01 PM
    No she wasn't born like this. She was able to stand but her breeder said she suddenly changed. I suspect she had some sort of back injury.
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