Monday, June 4, 2012
Causes For Failure To Perch
Nutritional deficiencies of calcium and vitamin E and selenium are also a possible cause. I have used adequate vitamins and mineral and unless the bird has a genetic inability to not absorb or utilize these, I do not think that is the problem.
Injury is another possibility so with that in mind, I carefully examined the leg. The right was normal and the foot could grip but the left leg was stretched out straight and resistant to moving. So the poor is trying to navigate with one leg.
Examination of the upper leg showed a break.
Carefully I bent the leg in position and applied a splint which I made by cutting the plastic brushpick to the length of his broken upper leg and secured it with paper tape.
I also started hand feeding it with CeDe hand feeding formula. He will eat hard boiled egg himself.
After all that, time for a sugar-free treat for Big Bird!