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I just received a baby parakeet that appears to be lame. I can not tell what is wrong with its feet/legs but they do not stay under its body so it cant stand up. It is able to use its feet to hang on the cage and do not seems to be in pain. I was told that it was born that way. Does anyone have any ideas or has anyone seen this before in a bird?
I'm not too good on birds, but you might want to try the forums on the site below. Their "open board" seems to have a lot of messages about parakeets and it looks like people answer too:
It seems splayed legs are not uncommon and can be caused by a variety of reasons, including vitamin deficiency, genetic reasons and trauma. There are possibilities for correcting it but it needs to be done by a vet and it needs to be done as soon as possible for any chance of success...
There is/was a disabled (wild) pigeon out at the farm where I used to work, and he sounds a lot like your 'keet. His legs were all bent, but he could fly and sit on his perches (flat ones), and he had a relatively decent life (in a cage).
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