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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-02-2011, 07:21 AM Thread Starter
 
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This happened yesterday, it scared me to death!
There were a bunch of loose threads apparently from her snuggle sack, and she got her foot tightly embedded in them and was stuck for quite some time. When I noticed what was up, I freaked out and it took my mom and I twenty minutes to get her foot loose.
Since then she has been sleeping a lot and it looks like she might be limping. I hope she is OK. I want to take her to the vet.

Point is, be EXTRA SUPER CAREFUL with your toys! Especially ones with strings and threads.
My doctor LOVES parrots. He has had tons and one time he was given a Green Wing Macaw that was sick with a fatal disease. He spent thousands and thousands of dollars on treatment, and this bird was actually getting better. One day he came home and she had hung herself from one of her toys. Isn't that awful?

I would've been absolutely devastated if Kiki died from this. I wish this on nobody. So be careful!




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Good Kiki's better! WOW! One beautiful macaw, thousands of dollars, and just to die.....


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Yes I know. He was totally devestated. I would be, too.




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I'm glad it's all okay but yeah I know the dangers of those things. Sadly a lot of toys come with numerous amounts of dangers to them

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Abby,
I don't mean to frighten you, but birds' feet are very different from human feet. If Kiki lost circulation in her foot, it may die and sluff off little by little. I know this, because this is what happened to Elisa, my linnie, this summer. We really don't know when she injured her foot, because we never saw her caught in anything.

Now, here is the confusing part. If the toes or part of the foot are going to die, there isn't anything you can do to prevent it now. I took Elisa for several surgeries, but, in the end, whatever was going to die and sluff off did. Also, she picked off the dead stuff, which really scared me.

I think you have a trusted avian vet. You may wish to take her so that the vet can see what the foot looks like right now. I would have wanted my avian vet to have seen Elisa's foot at first, so she would have known what it started out like, but she was unavailable, so I had to take her to a different avian vet - and that was another story.

If Kiki's circulation was not impaired, she will be fine and the foot will be fine. I'm not telling you this to scare you. I'm telling you this, actually, to help you feel more comfortable if the foot does start to die off. Birds feet are very different from human feet. They usually do not get gang green because their feet die and sluff off as protection from that. If it would happen, you will feel awful and you will be very sad, but Kiki will adjust quite easily. Elisa has.

Feel free to pm me any time if you get scared or it looks like things are going in this direction. I DO understand how you feel. I have been there myself.


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I'm sorry this happened, Abby & Kiki, but am so glad you were there to catch it. I am very cautious about any type of toy, perch, or hut with cotton. I check for loose strands daily. For birds that are shredders of cotton, I don't even use cotton perches, but the sisal ones instead.

I think you should take your girl to your avian vet if she behaving differently, and possibly the emergency avian vet tonight. Better safe than sorry.

Donna, that's a horrible thing that happened to your bird. I'm so sorry. I've never heard of that happening before, so I have learned something new.

As a general rule, I find fleece to be much safer than cotton, whether it be in toys or huts. I don't use huts for my birds at all because I don't want to promote egg laying in my girls...did that recently, and took away all huts. Most of my birds really love to sleep on their fleece swings.

As long as we're talking safety, I thought it was worth mentioning that you also have to be careful with chains with some birds, especially the big birds. Some birds are prone to getting toenails caught in the chains. Then there are quick links...these should be checked daily to be sure that they are always closed. Lots of birdies like to open them, but they can quickly become a safety hazard for a foot or two to get caught. Some people like to take leather strips and weave them in and out of the chains as a safety, preventative measure.

Basically, any and all toys can be a potential hazard to our birds, so it's best to do a check of all toys to check for loose strands, etc. daily.

Abby, I sure hope Kiki feels better soon. Hugs!

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That's terrible Donna! Good she's okay now...


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How is Kiki today?

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Abby, take a good close look at the foot - look for swelling, discoloration, red marks, etc. See if she rubbed the skin raw trying to break free, or if she even chewed her foot raw trying to get the string off. Is she using her foot ok, gripping things, just being gentle with it? Depending on how she looks is if she should go to the vet. Loki got his band caught on a toy once and favored the foot for a day and was fine; he just had minor swelling around the ankle, no discoloration, sores, and would still use the foot.



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