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Might be getting a possibly special needs budgie

I've been offered a budgie with deformed feet from a breeder who can't sell her. and i will take her if my parents say its ok. does anyone have any ideas on how to improve her life? she can perch but seems to prefer sitting on the bottom of the cage more.

i hope i can get her!

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I am sure you will make a good life for her. I'd have to know more specifically about her feet and what she can and can not do in order to help think of suggestions for making her cage more accessible. You probably won't know particulars until you study her for a while. It is nice you can be there for her.
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Jamie, good on you for taking in a special needs bird! I would make sure s/he has a nice, wide cage that isn't very tall at all - you don't want her falling. I would also keep a towel on the bottom of the cage in case s/he ever does fall You can get wider, flatter perches for him/her and cage platforms you see for sale for rodents to hang out on, so she can just lay down and rest. I've found most special needs birds just get around fine on their own, but as you get to know her and her mobility, you'll be able to make the best adjustments



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Good on you!

Jenny took the words right out of my mouth

But also, you'll have to remember to keep the cage very clean. You may have to clean it even twice a day, so that its hygienic for her if she likes the bottom of the cage.

Find perches with lots of grip (natural perches) so that if she wants to perch, she can be able to stand without falling.

I'm not sure if budgies like them, but what about a snuggle hut or something along those lines for her to sleep and sit in? http://www.petdiscounters.com/mc_ima..._hut_small.jpg

Have horizontal bars for her cage, so that she can climb easier, and maybe ladders.

Keep her food and water/water bottle on the ground if she prefers that.

Other than that, I can't really think of much else.

Once you observe her you will be able to see what she needs to enhance her life, and her deformity may not be as bad as you think!

I hope you can get her!

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Thats great!
You can give her flat, large perches, or just read the above posts cause they give a lot of great information
Goodluck, I hope you can get her!


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My friend had 2 like this. Provide lots of flat surfaces for standing (like shelf perches and stuff). Ramps up to different levels (think more like small animal cage, instead of typical bird cage). It should be fine. Also low food and water dishes.



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You can get rat cages really cheap, and they would be great for her because they are long not tall, but with still enough room for her to move around.
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Great idea Ella! They will come with lots of platforms too!



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thanks for all the great info guys! if i get her ill look into designing a cage with platforms and maybe ordering some special flat perches online. my dad's not in favor of another pet right now though so we'll see how it goes..

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I got her!! shes gorgeous and not shy at all, she loves her new cage and toys
shes already eating and drinking and seems completely comfortable.
I'm making a vet appointment for her within the week to see whats up with her feet so we'll see how that goes, but she act completely normal, and definately doesn't let her deformed feet get in the way of what she wants lol!

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I got her!! shes gorgeous and not shy at all, she loves her new cage and toys
shes already eating and drinking and seems completely comfortable.
I'm making a vet appointment for her within the week to see whats up with her feet so we'll see how that goes, but she act completely normal, and definately doesn't let her deformed feet get in the way of what she wants lol!
Thats fantastic!!

I'm so glad she's settled in nicely, she sounds very cute!

Please please post some pictures!

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That's wonderful! I'm so happy for you, Jamie! Can't wait to see some photos! What did you decide to name her?



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Congrats! Can't wait to see her.



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I'd love to know more about how you help her disability, because I've recently adopted a budgie with the same problem, and I'd like to know how I could improve his quality of life!

I'd love to see photos!

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Congrats on doing such a wonderful thing.

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