Help for Parakeet with Splayed Legs
(Wooster Ohio USA)
Is there anything that I can do for my baby parakeet that is 15 days old and has sprayed legs. His mother seems to be taking care of him and his brothers and sisters! They all appear very healthy. Thank you.
Editor Suggestions for Splayed or Spraddled Parakeet Legs
I'm sorry to hear about your baby parakeet's condition. Spraddled legs (also known as splayed legs) in birds can be caused by several factors, such as slippery surfaces in the nest which don't allow proper grip, obesity, or nutritional deficiencies.
Here's a possible solution you could try at home:
Create a "Splint": Use a soft material such as foam, felt, or a piece of cloth and cut out a small donut-shaped ring. This ring should be large enough for your parakeet's body to go through but small enough that it supports the legs in a normal position. This can help correct the posture of the bird.
Modify the Nest: To prevent recurrence, modify the surface of the nest. Use cloth, felt, or paper towels that provide good grip and prevent the legs from slipping apart.
Nutrition: Ensure that the bird and its mother are receiving a balanced diet. Birds require calcium, vitamin D and adequate protein for good bone health.
However, these suggestions are just first aid and may not work in severe cases. It's always best to consult with a professional avian veterinarian if the condition persists or worsens. They may suggest other forms of treatment or physical therapy. Keep monitoring the bird's condition and behavior closely.
Remember, trying to fix spraddled legs in older birds can potentially cause more harm than good because their bones are more set.
Please keep us up to date on your Parakeet's condition.
Editor and Publisher
Cool Small Pets
Please note: This information is intended to complement, not replace, the advice of your pet's veterinarian. Always consult a vet for professional medical advice about your pet's health.