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beginning of bumble foot?

so i have never had ant keet with bumble foot so i dint know that much about it but....
i took Lenny out today to see butch and i noticed that on the bottom of one of his back toes it was a little purplish and swollen. it is really not that bad, but i was looking at it more. he is NOT favoring the other foot at all (if anything he is still sitting on the bumble foot like ha always does) and he is still normal. its not like super swollen or anything, he does have some a little skin peeling, which is normal for a tiny bit. i have taken some pics to get your opinion. can someone tell me more about bumble foot (or what ever it is)
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i think one of the things i read was it is better to have wider perched to 'cure' mild bumble foot so i tried out a tree T perch (his first time on it and i was proud roud:!



and i have taken my little tree and some how fit that in his cage for some different perch sizes. i am still trying to situate the food and water, but it is in there. he so far likes sitting up there, but i will see what happens, because he does like sitting on the lower perches, which will now be the thick T perch.


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beginning of bumble foot?

I think his foot is sore from the plastic perches and the dowels. They are all the same size and width and there arnt any other textures to exercise the feet.

I would really recommend getting several differnt rope perches and different sized branches as well.

That's most likely the cause.


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I would say so too. Get a rope perch in, a couple of natural perches of different sizes and a pedi perch style one. I also recommend a flat perch too I don't use dowel or plastic

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i do have a rope perch but it will not fit in with the tree branches. what if i bought thin cotton rope and wrapped it around some branches?

where can i but cotton rope?

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It does look like it could be caused by that plastic perch.
You could wrap all the perches in vet wrap to give him a softer perch for now until his feet heal.
If he has senetive feet I would not go any where near any type of sand or cement perches.
Keep it as natural as possible.
Betadine cream is Ok to use on his feet and it will help dry the sore. Other wise you could phone your vet and see what they recommend.


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i am planning on putting some aloe straight from the plant on. he will give a highfive to an aloe covered finger and not know what just happened i am planning on trimming the tree, adding a thin branch to the top and wrapping cotton rope on it.

any one know where i can get 3/16 cotton rope, free shipping?


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beginning of bumble foot?

That looks good

If you go to a dollar store there are often dog toys made of ropes, that's what I use!
Make sure to wash it well though, and smell it to see if there are chemicals( which here shouldn't be because it is a pet toy)


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Bumble foot is caused by birds perching in the same position for a long period, they need to hop around a bit to ease off perching on the pressure point of the feet constantly. If I were you I would place a few perches high up in the cage so he can hop back and forth instead of stay on one spot all the while, then bumble foot is less likely to happen.

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i am planning on adding more perches. of course though lenny is older and not really active in general. how can i get him to move more? even when he is out to see butch or on my shoulder i have kind of trained him to stay there. if i can find space in my room () then i really want to put a bird tree in there.

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Variation is the key to their feet not suffering from Bubble foot and arthritis. We have to remember some of these birds will be standing up for 60yrs or even more.

A good natural branch or Grape wood will have many variations you need on the one branch and as long as he moves just a little on the one branch he will be fine. The more uneven the better for him.
I know even ducks and chickens can get bubble foot from pens that have wire on the floor. The biggest worry it secondary infection in the sores. As a lot of these birds will stand in things. Not so bad with our parrots in cages, as they do not stand in a mess.


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we will be making a trip sometime this week to the vet. i am going to the one where i brought my rabbit. every vet specializes in exotics and avians

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ok sooo $115 later......

lenny got a medical exam. he is a little under weight at 150 grams. then the checked his poop for bacteria- nothing there. and they gave me Baytril to give him everyday. it will require me to hold him to give it to him, which i am a little nervous they also wanted me to get a hospital cage, or as they suggested a plastic tank to keep it warm for him. he is not in the plastic tank which it breaks my heart because he is trying to fly out and they said not to put perched in because that uses too much energy and he needs the energy. so he is going a little crazy. his foot has gotten better even before i brought him. i have to bring him back in a week for another check up. hopefully all this was is a bacterial infection and not liver disease or something like that, because we really dont know how old he is i will post again after i try to give him the meds tomorrow....hopefully it will be as easy as the vets made it look -_-

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beginning of bumble foot?

Do you mean 15g? My American kestrel only weights 120 budgies typically weigh about 30, but every birdy is different! Medicating him shouldn't be too bad good luck!

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oh maybe. on the paper it said 150g next to the medical exam

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150g?
Wow that's a pudgie budgie hehe!!


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it was weird for me to hold him because i never hold birds i really hope he gets better because i cant even imagine loosing him and all of his tricks and company

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