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Update with my disabled budgie

He's doing really well.

Although he finds it hard to move around the perch and cage with ease, he doesn't like to be on the floor.

I made him some smaller perches so now he can grip without falling all the time.

He is very friendly, and likes to come out for a cuddle.

Ziggy talks to him, and even though they speak different languages, I guess it's comforting for him to have another bird. They chat to each other for ages, and I think Ziggy's beginning to like him! (when I first got him, Ziggy would sqwawk and scream whenever I played with him! She was very jealous!)

I clipped his wings because although he could fly, he would wobble and swerve and then crash land, and I didn't want him to hurt himself.

I have realized as I examined him, that it's not his wing that droops, but his hip bone that sticks upward and out, which makes his limp worse.

He's certainly doesn't let his disability alter his life, and he runs across my floor (well, limps) and there is certainly nothing wrong with that beak of his!

He reminds me so much of Mr Tinkles. Friendly and happy, and a little clown. Geez, I've missed the funny antics of budgies!

So far, I'm pretty sure he's going to live a pretty normal life.

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That's great! He sounds like a cute and lucky little guy!

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I'm glad it's turning out so well, Ella! Sounds like the best thing that could've happened to the little guy! Have you picked a name, yet?



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I'm glad it's turning out so well, Ella! Sounds like the best thing that could've happened to the little guy! Have you picked a name, yet?
Nope no name yet. My friend suggested Bently, because he's bent, but I'm not too sure yet...

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That's a cute one... I would name him after a pirate of some sort - he's green like a mini-pirate parrot and he limps like a pirate with a peg leg would!



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That's a cute one... I would name him after a pirate of some sort - he's green like a mini-pirate parrot and he limps like a pirate with a peg leg would!
Thats such a good idea!!! Thanks! Come to think of it, he does look like pirate, limping everywhere!

Thanks! Looks like I'll be up all night tonight searching the 'net for pirate names

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You're welcome!! Only reason I thought of it is we had a lovebird whose foot we had to amputate at the shop so he had a little stump (they had to take from the 'knee' down) and we called him "Peg Leg the Pirate" He would climb all over, swing on his swings, and he was the BOSS of the whole cage!



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You're welcome!! Only reason I thought of it is we had a lovebird whose foot we had to amputate at the shop so he had a little stump (they had to take from the 'knee' down) and we called him "Peg Leg the Pirate" He would climb all over, swing on his swings, and he was the BOSS of the whole cage!
Lovebirds are little characters aren't they?

Why'd you have to amputate his foot?

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The breeder had put an open band on his foot and put it on so tight and uneven that the under-layer had grown into his foot Like... instead of it fitting straight and even, one prong went underneath the other. The vet said it looked like a bone had been broken too... She initially removed the band and bandaged him up and tried to save the foot, but one of his toes started to die and the lovie started chewing his own toes off So she decided to amputate both for his sake and ours.

It was a new breeder who bought a bunch of breeding stock from a shady breeder who went out of business and just auctioned her birds off... she had no idea what she'd gotten into and when we confronted her, she realized all the problems and actually gave up all her breeders to our manager because she felt so terrible about what she'd done and didn't want to hurt anyone else, so it did have a happy ending. And Peg Leg found a loving home




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The breeder had put an open band on his foot and put it on so tight and uneven that the under-layer had grown into his foot Like... instead of it fitting straight and even, one prong went underneath the other. The vet said it looked like a bone had been broken too... She initially removed the band and bandaged him up and tried to save the foot, but one of his toes started to die and the lovie started chewing his own toes off So she decided to amputate both for his sake and ours.

It was a new breeder who bought a bunch of breeding stock from a shady breeder who went out of business and just auctioned her birds off... she had no idea what she'd gotten into and when we confronted her, she realized all the problems and actually gave up all her breeders to our manager because she felt so terrible about what she'd done and didn't want to hurt anyone else, so it did have a happy ending. And Peg Leg found a loving home
Thats terrible! It sounds so painful.

I know that at the SPCA, people often go for the disabled/injured animals, because they feel sorry for them. It's really nice that people take the time to help disabled animals live a normal life.

I'm so glad Peg Leg found a loving home.

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