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Limping Cockatiel!

Minnie, my female cockatiel, is limping. I didn't notice it until just now. She's completely leaning onto her right foot. She doesn't put any weight down on her left. When she walks, it is really obvious that she is limping. I'm really worried about her. I don't know what's wrong. I can't remember any specific falls or crashes or anything she had. The only thing I can think of is she's been sitting on her dud eggs constantly for the past couple of weeks, and I am wondering if her foot/leg is messed up because of it? But otherwise, I don't know. Do you guys know what could be wrong and what I should do? I asked my parents, they say we can take her to the vet tomorrow. Until then, what should I do? I'll be worrying about her all night, I want to make sure she can sleep comfortably. Should I lower perches? Add something comfortable for her to stand on? What should I do? What do you guys think?

I'm just really worried, so any help will be very appreciated!!




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I am sorry to hear about Minnie being so uncomfortable. I am glad your parents will take her to the vet tomorrow.
I am afraid I can't offer any advice on how to help prevent pain until then. I just don't know anything about this sort of thing.
Let us know what the vet says.


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biggest thing to help her is to keep her warm - heat lamp, heat pad, cover her cage, etc. Warmth makes all the difference to a bird in pain Other than that, just take her to the vet. If the vet feels she needs it, they have a topical pain relieving creme you can give her, or something oral



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Okay, thanks...I am keeping an eye on her, I'll try to get some kind of heat going for her. If anyone else has suggestions, feel free to add. I want to make sure she's alright...




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Maybe from sitting on the eggs for so long she has put too much weight on it? I'm not sure really

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That's what I was thinking. It seemed really random to me, though...I've had her out of her cage all day yesterday and it wasn't until late last night that I noticed it...I noticed she seemed a bit grumpier, and then I noticed her limping. I feel bad for her.




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Hey Abby - I know you said your parents were going to help you take her to the vet today. Any updates for us? I hope she's doing well



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I waited impatiently as my parents have been sleeping. I decided to watch a movie with my brother. Now that it's over, my mom is gone and my dad is getting in the shower. I'm not too happy right now. I told him we need to take Minnie to the vet now. And he didn't say anything. I waited for an answer, but when he still didn't say anything, I asked him if we were going to soon. And he's like, "I dunno."

I feel like my parents don't care about my birds at all. They've really never cared about them, or cared about my love for them.

I'm waiting until my dad gets out of the shower and then I'll keep bugging him. We ARE going to the vet today, whether my parents like it or not.




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I waited impatiently as my parents have been sleeping. I decided to watch a movie with my brother. Now that it's over, my mom is gone and my dad is getting in the shower. I'm not too happy right now. I told him we need to take Minnie to the vet now. And he didn't say anything. I waited for an answer, but when he still didn't say anything, I asked him if we were going to soon. And he's like, "I dunno."

I feel like my parents don't care about my birds at all. They've really never cared about them, or cared about my love for them.

I'm waiting until my dad gets out of the shower and then I'll keep bugging him. We ARE going to the vet today, whether my parents like it or not.
Sorry to hear that.. my mom shares my passion for birds, but my dad hates them, so I can definitely sympathize



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All they seem to care about is the seeds, feathers and poop that tends to get everywhere. They just don't understand. I mean, I love them, they're great parents, just not when it comes to my birdies.




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I cannot believe it. They won't take Minnie to the vet. I don't know what to do. I'm in tears right now. I cannot believe them. Minnie is LIMPING. She is HURT. And they don't care.




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I cannot believe it. They won't take Minnie to the vet. I don't know what to do. I'm in tears right now. I cannot believe them. Minnie is LIMPING. She is HURT. And they don't care.
I'm really sorry to hear that... Can you call the vet and ask for some advice over the phone?



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Oh wow...what a stressful day!!

Turns out my mom made an appointment at a vet clinic. We got there and talked to the vet, told him what had been up. They tested Minnie's droppings, weighed her, all the usual stuff. They did some more testing, did an x-ray, and found that she had an unfertalized egg oddly situated in her. It wasn't facing the way it should've been, and it was stuck. It was sort of like being egg bound, but not exactly. It was putting alot of pressure on her leg, therefore making her limp. (I know right? Who would've thought?) The vet said that they would keep her overnight and inject some calcium and other nutrients into her. They'd put her in an aquarium tank with a special warm light and hope that she would lay the egg. If she didn't, we would immediately have to go into surgery the next day. We payed around $180 just for all of today's work, and the surgery would cost anywhere from $300-$380. We would also have to pay for her to stay there and pay for all the medicine.
So, we left the vet office. I said my goodbyes to Minnie, and I went shopping with my mom. At first, it sounded like if the egg did not come out tonight, we wouldn't be able to pay for the surgery. Then my mom told me that we would do the surgery, but I'd have to pay for it. That would mean I would be in real debt for the next couple of years with my parents. I've been crying on and off all day, this whole thing has just really upset me.
However, just about fifty minutes ago, the vet called with the news that she had layed her egg!! So we rushed over there, picked her up and got all the medicine needed for the next couple of weeks.
We've got an appointment in two weeks. At that point, the vet will check her out, make sure everything's okay, then help me step by step to switching to Harrison's Bird Foods (pellets).
The great thing is my mom has been so sweet and so okay with all of this! We are now going to finally be seeing a vet often, and be switching onto some good healthy pellets, and everything sounds as if it will be okay!
I'm just so happy right now, I can't even explain it...Everything has gone so well today. My mom is finally understanding the full extent of what birds require. I think after she listened to the vet talk about a lot of this, it has helped a ton. And I've talked to her about it for years to her. I can't thank him enough, he's been so helpful.
I just wanted to share the amazing news with you! Everything is okay!




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That is great, I hope your baby keeps improving, I am so proud of your for insisiting your mom takes her to a vet and getting her the help she needed.

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Thank you, patty. I appreciate it. I'm just super happy....this was probably the best Christmas present ever...she's okay! And, of course, we didn't have to pay three hundred something dollars. I mean, I would never say no to the surgery. It would just be tough having to pay that much. I would have fought for her, but I'm so glad we didn't have to do the surgery at all!




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I'm so happy and relieved to hear that Minnie passed her egg. I wouldn't have guessed that limping had anything to do with an egg that couldn't be laid, but from now on I will know that. As far as we know, all of my birds are female, so I will need this information for my own knowledge, too.

I'm sorry the day was so stressful for you, more than one day actually. I am glad that your mom had made the appointment and took care of getting your bird that wonderful care. It is great that she realized what the bird meant to you. I can tell that your parents want what is best for you but just didn't know what needed to be done for the birds.

As we have discussed at length, I am old myself, with two grown sons and one daughter still in grade school. I well remember thinking that my parents didn't understand or care to understand me at times when I was in high school, but as the years go by you will come to understand your parents more and more. In my own journey through adulthood, I realized that my parents really had understood me, and it took my getting older myself to understand them, lol. Don't get me wrong. That may not be at all what you come to understand about your parents. It is just what happened with me.

I have been coming back on the site over and over hoping for news about Minnie. Thank you for keeping us all updated. I hope she has a complete recovery very quickly.

We will all be happy to listen and advise as you switch your birds to pellets. I feed Harrison's, along with TOPS, as my preferred pellets. It is a good food. I think you will be happy with it.


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Such wonderful news! I'm so happy she passed the egg. Wow, egg situated wrong... it's very good she went to the vet, no one wouldve guessed it!! Your Mom is wonderful for agreeing to take her to the vet, get the new food, and agree to loan you the money for surgery if needed



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Thanks, guys. The vets told me they thought for sure that we would have to go into surgery. They said 9/10 times the bird would not lay the egg. I was so surprised when I found that out!

Nanay, I also learned that a limping bird could mean there is a tumor. The vet told us how they were seeing the same effects in Minnie that could mean a tumor, except for it wasn't a tumor that was putting pressure on stuff in her body, it was the unfertalized egg.

At first, I wanted to just go with the Roudybush brand, seeing as it is cheaper. However, my mom is willing to use Harrison's! That is the brand they promote a lot at the vet office we go to.

I just feel as if this weight has been lifted. I've been wanting to take my birds to the vet since I started owning them five years ago. I didn't know when we would be able to, it made me so worried all the time. Mom plainly didn't want to take them unless there was a problem. But it's all fine now! They are getting what they need.

Now, we are having to give her three different medicines a day. You know, with a thing that looks sort of like what you use to hand feed babies. (Can't think of the word right now.) Mom is going to help me with it because I'm nervous about doing it. ( I want everything to go well.) Apparently, the meds will help with stopping her from being in this egg laying mood. The vet said that since the egg she layed last night was her seventh egg in the clutch, that's usually a cockatiel's extent and they won't lay anymore. (We already had six unfertalized eggs at home.) However, there could possibly be another egg forming in Minnie's system that's from the same clutch, even though that is very unlikely. The medicine will stop all that and I will probably see her leaving her eggs alone in the next few days.

Thanks, guys, for everything! I will keep you updated on what is happening for sure. (How the meds are going, how the check up goes in two weeks, stuff with pellets)




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Thanks for the update, Abby! What size Harrison's you gonna use? I would recommend the super fine, it's the size and color of millet and is the equivalent of the Roudybush nibbles. I've had the best success converting little birds to pellets when the pellets resemble millet They think they're getting a dish of treats!



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I'm not sure about that yet. In two weeks, we already have a scheduled appointment with the vet, and he said he'll help us with all of that!

When I was describing to him why at first I thought seed would be better, saying that it is what they would eat in the wild and such, he said that that's actually not what they eat in the wild, and many people get that wrong. Do you know anything about this? Just wondering.

I will definitely tell you how the check up goes and what steps we are taking to switch my birds.




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