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Old 12-27-2010, 05:02 PM
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hello all
i am new here, sorry that my first post is a call for help
but this xmass my man got me a cockateil, lovely little thing he is, so tame, loves me totally, sits on me leaning his head on my chin, doing the content grinding noise, kissing my face and gentrally following me around, but then, family arrived, all was good till one of the brother in laws kids desided to go into my bedroom, my bird was playing by the door, i am always on aleart around doors as i have a few birds, i heard my little guy cry and the girl ran out, i totally lost it with her, told her she was warned about going into other peoples room (might have gone on to strong, i did say sorry to her) then i chased my guy up the hall, his foot was bleeding, i stopped the bleeding quickly and noticed that he wasnt bending his foot, just holding it up, not weight bearing, so i stuffed my guy into a sock, took out strips and splints and used tissue to keep any bleeding starting, binded the foot with the splint, you see, im 6 miles up a mountain, im 20 miles from a city, my local vet doesnt do birds and im snowed in, so i cant get out, so anyway, its 2 days later, i watch my guy hobbling, using the foot for slight weight bearing, so i took of the binding and he hobbled about, but no foot locking, no grip, so i re binded the foot again and once again, hes sitting on my chest, preening, giving kisses and doing the grinding,

so my question is this will he be ok?, the foot is still warm, but he doesnt move the toes, he seems quiet happy, just follows me around

(on a nice note, this bird was not a hand tame, but within 12 hours, he bonded so tightly with me, he calls for me, looks for me, kisses me, lets me pull gently on him and genrally make a tit of him)
so if anyone can give me advise, i would love it,
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Old 12-27-2010, 05:24 PM
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I was in a similar situation about a week ago. Finn hurt/broke his toe. It was bloody and he didnt use it, he wouldnt put weight on it for 2 days or so. Then he started putting weight on it more but still not bending it. Now he is even sleeping on his hurt foot and its like a week and a half later. I put some neosporin on a q-tip and put it on the scab. Vets cant do much for broken feet/toes unless they are dislocated or need to be amputated. With the neosporin, put it on if there is a scab, basically if its open dont put it on it. I also put warm water on a cloth the first day and it worked a bit. Since yours is a bit worse you may want to eventually get him to the vet but just keep it clena for now.
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Hello and welcome
I found this BROKEN BONES

Look for shock symptoms (see Shock). Wings-cut toe out of appropriate size sock allowing bird room to expand chest while breathing. Place over bird with head through cut hole and cut opening for feet. BROKEN TOES-wrap gauze into ball. Put foot around ball. Wrap foot to gauze ball with gauze. from http://www.cockatiel.org/articles/firstaid.html
Avian vet http://www.avianweb.com/recommendedvets.htm#ireland
http://www.parrot-link.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=45
Im sure if you give them a ring they would offer advice for you.
I would be the same if my son would of been careless around my pets which he has done, they cant defend for themselfs.
I think he is quite bonded with you really well, i would keep an eye on him, it could be bruised and not broken.
Hope he is alright and must see some pics of him
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well hes eating, sleeping and drinking, prenning and all the normal behaviour, when he is sore he comes to me for a cuddle, and once the owiee is gone, he continues to explore around, i am unsure if it is broken, dont know how to tell and i really dont want to go poking my poor baby after all hes been through,
i do know no vet can do anything but a splint like i have done, so im hopng since hes acting normal, he should heal up well, but i worry he might not get full use back is all, the blood from the cut was a tiny amount, but i could see the cut was a bit deep, now its covered and safe from outseide germs, i check it every time i cuddle him
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He seems alright but just keep an eye on him though
i was going to ask have you got any pics of him but iv already asked lol
Lucky is my first ever cockatiel a female and cookie is my male and i love them to bits
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here is my baby angel having his dinner a few mins ago, as you can see, hes in great form, seems the foot isnt bothering him


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Awwww he looks so adorable
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im almost sure hes a boy, lol, hard to tell, hes about 4 months old, love of my life, i have other birds but none like him, hes right now sitting on my making the grinding noise, whicch i think means hes not in pain and hes happy, which is why i think he should be ok
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Looking at the picture he is male as the yellow is coming through the face, bright yellow.
Grinding noise means he is very relaxed and happy
Here is the avian behaviour guide which i found very useful when i first got lucky
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thanks for the link, its great, from reading that i see my baby is happy, feels safe and likes me and the tv, lol, im not so worried now as if he was feeling bad about his sore foot he would show me, now when i touch the foot, he gives a little squeak, just to let me know its tender, but he does walk on it a bit
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