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F040 is a Death Trap!

So we just had round 2 of an injury from this freaking cage, with Chewy of course. He somehow managed to get his ankle stuck in this:



It's the peg hole that the latch hook goes into when the door is closed. I have no idea how he did it because they have come in and out of this cage literally hundreds of times before, but so it is. It was his other leg, not the one that he broke in March. I though he came out damage free, but a few minutes later I saw this:



He is not actively bleeding and he is walking on his leg, but keeps holding it up so I'm sure it's sore. Thank goodness I was right here when he began screaming like a maniac and flapping. He also bit the crap out of my finger when I was trying to free him. I will be keeping a close eye on him. This bird is going to drive me to an early grave
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maybe get some metacam online since he is so clumsy. It helps with pain and swelling, so he can heal on his own. Also, can you put a rope perch outside the door so he can stand on that rather than the entrance. I am so sorry you are experiencing so much stress right now.

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Poor little chewey. I hope he recovers soon!

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That is a good idea, I didn't know you could get metecam without a prescription. Thanks!

They have that wooden triangle to stand on, it's just a little lower because the washers are wide. Maybe I can get new washers so I can raise the wooden piece up.
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That is a good idea, I didn't know you could get metecam without a prescription. Thanks!

They have that wooden triangle to stand on, it's just a little lower because the washers are wide. Maybe I can get new washers so I can raise the wooden piece up.
I just assumed that it should be available to order it from 1800petmeds/drsfosterandsmith or something. You enter your vets name at the end and they notify the vet. I have never had any issue of the vet not approving it. My sister got metacam from the vet with dosage instructions (also for a minor foot injury), so I would reference that information when administering it to my birds if need be. Metacam .15mg/ml, strength 1:10, dosage = .1ml orally twice daily for 3 days. Or if your vet is familiar with Chewy's clumsiness, maybe you can just call and ask if he'd write a prescription for you to pick up with out a visit for minor emergencies like these.

Also, in general talk budgies has a lot of natural remedies you can give your birds to help with inflammation, etc. Aloe and cayenne rubbed on the skin can help with pain and inflammation. http://talkbudgies.com/showthread.php?t=61511

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Thanks!! I just moved here last month so I have to find a new avian vet (the one we went to when Chewy broke his leg is 2 hours away now). I honestly thought the other day that I should start looking just so I have one on hand and then this happens! I guess it's a sign
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My budgie Murphy got his foot caught in the same exact place last year. We have the same cage. Thankfully, I was there too and helped him out of it before he broke his leg. I pinched it down with pliers and taped it with white first aid tape so it wouldn't happen ever again. The door still stays shut at the top of the opening with the Shepard's hook part of the door latch. But I also secure the bottom with a twist tie if I'm going to leave them in the cage while I'm gone. Hope Chewy is okay soon!


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thanks for the advice Diane! that might be a better idea than cutting it because even if we shave it dull after being cut, I still worry about they scraping their little feet
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Can you put a piece of tape or wrap something around that part when it's open?

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Awh no poor Chewy! That sucks Hope he's feeling a little bit better now

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Poor Chewy!
If he has pain I recommend homoeopathic Traumeel. This stuff is a miracle.
Many German bird keepers use it. Once Janosch who can't fly fell on the cage floor, and one of his feet was hurting. I put Traumeel into his drinking water, and in the evening he didn't limp any more.

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