Disabilities. Newbie post.

Karen156

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I have a Beautiful blue quaker. He has had his leg amputated. Hope to get the all clear on a healed stump tonight. I have padded out his travel cage and plan to move him into that next then onto his own cage.
I have raised the floor in his normal cage so it is half the size. To cut the fall distance and to build up his strength a bit at a time,he has been out of normal action for 6 weeks now.
The cage is a Santa fa 11, Bud being Bud will,I have no doubts sit at the highest point! The thought of him falling is keeping me awake at night. I do use The Natural Bird company already so no problems with perches and platforms. (going to place an order today,she opens today after xmas and he hubby should be back on his feet after his accident.
I'm just not sure and need ideas. I need people to point out the things that never crossed their mind to do. I hope this is making sense?
 

Michael Reynolds

Regular Member
Hello and welcome Karen, Sorry to hear of Buds injuries, you will find he will soon learn to be with only one leg, it can be surprising just how well they can cope with disabilities. he will soon be hopping and getting up to mischief. how much of the leg is missing? can you tell us how did the accident happen, this will warn other owners so they can look out or be more careful with there birds. are you allowing him to sleep on a perch in the travel cage? you should find he will be very stable on one leg. its only at first I worry as the new injury at the time of waking in the morning my lead to a fall if they relaxed too quickly. or forget. you may find that in his cage he may cling to the side of the cage during the night when on a perch. I have had disabled birds and my advice is to try to treat them as normal so please try to get him back into his normal routine and only add flat purchase or other aids only if your bird has difficulty copping
 

dianaT

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:welcome: sorry to hear about Bud losing a leg. As has been said many learn to cope well with various disabilities and you have done right by changing some perches and platforms, also pad out the bottom of the cage a little to soften any falls while he sorts himself out. Do keep us up to date.
 

Karen156

Registered
Hello and welcome Karen, Sorry to hear of Buds injuries, you will find he will soon learn to be with only one leg, it can be surprising just how well they can cope with disabilities. he will soon be hopping and getting up to mischief. how much of the leg is missing? can you tell us how did the accident happen, this will warn other owners so they can look out or be more careful with there birds. are you allowing him to sleep on a perch in the travel cage? you should find he will be very stable on one leg. its only at first I worry as the new injury at the time of waking in the morning my lead to a fall if they relaxed too quickly. or forget. you may find that in his cage he may cling to the side of the cage during the night when on a perch. I have had disabled birds and my advice is to try to treat them as normal so please try to get him back into his normal routine and only add flat purchase or other aids only if your bird has difficulty copping
He is rather fond of my husband,who took his eye off the ball and there was a sandwich and a dog involved....needless to say I'm very sad about the whole thing. 80 miles an hour to the vets literally. O so not happy with him!!!!!!!!!!!
 

Karen156

Registered
He is rather fond of my husband,who took his eye off the ball and there was a sandwich and a dog involved....needless to say I'm very sad about the whole thing. 80 miles an hour to the vets literally. O so not happy with him!!!!!!!!!!!
Luckily,just above the foot so he has a fair size stump. Do I leave the middle of the cage empty? In case of a fall?
 

Michael Reynolds

Regular Member
Thank you for your honesty I know how you must fill, no matter how well you think a dog or cat is with a bird things can happen so quick and by then it can be too late. I know I lost my first bird a Snowy Owl after a sudden fight between him and a dog he was brought up with, injuries to the dog was so bad and that had to be put down, a day I will always remember. that good you will find he will walk normally on his stump and not have to hop every place. the chances of your bird falling and hurting him self is minimum. once you establish he can perch safely set the cage back up as it was, if he used to pick up his feed in his foot you may have to change things by the food bowls but I honestly think that the he will be more confident if you try to treat him as normal.
 

CaptainHowdy

Regular Member
I have had various birds with 1 leg and they all adapted well.

I would get some old towels or blankets and use these on the bottom of the cage with paper over them just in case he does have a fall. And plenty of flat perches or wider perches for him to balance on. Also make sure you have a good sized area for him to grip onto around the food and water dishes as he may struggle to hold onto the side of them and eat at first.
 
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