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Hurt Leg, Advice Please

Discussion in 'Health' started by tuki, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. tuki

    tuki Regular Member

    Hi all,

    I've just taken Charlie out and noticed he had a reddish spot on his right leg under the feathers. I was able to pull his leg out slightly more and it seems he has a skin wound! How does something like this happen? He must have got his leg caught on something in the night? He is an only bird and I have never before seen him get caught on any of his toys, and there are no obvious signs of blood anywhere.. Its a bit of a mystery... But more importantly, does he need the vet for something like this? Or is it best to leave it to heal on its own? Is there anything I can put on it? He is not limping and is walking around normally, but definitely doesn't want me near it.

    Thanks for your advice!

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  2. dianaT

    dianaT Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Poor Charlie have you seen him nibbling at it? have you any F10 products - wipes etc. you could bathe it with, or failing that I believe a little smear of Savlon is okay to use. Let's see what others advise.
  3. plumsmum

    plumsmum Regular Member

    I have some F10 Germicidal Barrier Ointment from Scarletts for just in case which is specified for open wounds.
    Really could do with finding the cause hun? Did he do it to himself? If so straight to the vet please?
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  4. tuki

    tuki Regular Member

    No I definitely dont think he could have done it to himself. I've never seen him nibbling at his feet at all..
    What a shame, Ive just put an order in yesterday from Scarletts Parrots! Didn't know about the F10... Will a bit of Savlon be ok?
  5. Roz

    Roz Regular Member

    Have you got any normal F10 (for disinfecting and nebulizing) which you could make into a solution and spray on? I have in the past sprayed on an antibacterial spray made for human cuts. I don't see why you couldn't use a tiny dab of savlon although it might gunk up the feathers.
  6. plumsmum

    plumsmum Regular Member

    Birds can and do injure themselves for similar reasons to plucking. If they feel pain somewhere they quite often attack and area on the body, obviously the feet and legs are easily accessible.

    You could ring Scarlett and ask her to add it if not sent already?
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  7. tuki

    tuki Regular Member

    Aw, its already been sent!.. I will try and put on some antibacterial spray I have. Thanks for your advice! I really do hope he's not inflicted this on himself.. What should I watch out for if this is the case?
  8. Heather2131

    Heather2131 Regular Member

    Aw that does look sore, hopefully it should heal quickly, I hope he doesnt pick at it?

    Do you have an Aloe Vera plant?
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  9. plumsmum

    plumsmum Regular Member

    Fresh/reopened or a bigger wound or additional ones else where. I'd go to the AV if he does this anyway, probably now he has the wound it will be difficult to determine if he is picking just because it is there or for another reason.
    Is everything else 'normal' with him hun?

    Have you also felt all around his cage and any toys for anything that can cause this? Make sure his cage is kept scruplously clean hun.
  10. tuki

    tuki Regular Member

    He's much better today, thankfully. The wound is no longer bleeding and is getting a scab on. He's not picking at it at all so thats good! Thanks for the advice all! x
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  11. tuki

    tuki Regular Member

    Yes I have aloe vera plant, thanks, thats a good idea! x
  12. JessCheekyMia

    JessCheekyMia Regular Member

    Poor little one. I hope it heals completely soon. You never stop worrying about them do you. X