cockatiel I think my baby cockateil’s toe is broken…how do I fix it?

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Question by LIZ: I think my baby cockateil’s toe is broken…how do I fix it?

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Answer by Christie D
A vet is his best bet. They will properly splint it so he doesn’t get hurt in doing so, and they can give him pain meds.

Also, it could be something else. Never try to treat your bird yourself. All that will happen is the bird will end up in more pain, possibly permanently.

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2 Responses to “I think my baby cockateil’s toe is broken…how do I fix it?”

  1. ms_melaniac on

    Call the vet and ask him what can be done. I’m sure it’s painful for the little guy. Dont try to wrap it, he’ll just pick and pull at it and maybe make it worse.

  2. well_sht on

    Take it to a top avian vet. Our little Tweetie was born with a splayed leg. One leg was good and under him like it should the other was out to the side. He could balance himself and get around but the Avian vet we took him too said she could fix it. Okay we let her. She took a string of gauge and tied his bad leg to the good one. 15 min later when I got home Tweetie worked his way out of the knots she put him in NOW his good leg was straight back. The splayed leg was twisted around and laying on his back………We found a Top Avian Vet the best in Houston and after many visits and over thousand dollars later his what was his good leg is almost in the right spot. And the twisted leg is now straight back. There is nothing more she can do for him. BUT WE CAN. We built a special cage just for him a 2 ft x 4 ft area with side rails. He has learned to use his beak to pull himself up and is slowly getting strength in his legs again. It will take about a year but we have high hopes and say many prayers.
    As for your bird if it is only his toes, we are raising a baby sparrow that had the same problem. She balances fly’s perches and has no problems. The choice is yours to make. Sometimes good intents turn out to be bad idea’s.
    People born with no legs learn how to do everything with their feet and toes. Hard choices we have to make. If it’s just a toe he will learn how to work it. Or make sure you take him to a TOP AVIAN VET. The certificates on the wall don’t mean squat! Ask around and find out who’s the best. Good Luck to you and your bird.

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