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I just found this forum and thought I would post about my pet bird, Charlie! Charlie is a 26 year old Blue Crown Conure that I took in from his former owner after he was completely paralyzed. The owner did not care properly for him all the years he had him; Charlie ate nothing but sunflower seeds, causing severe nutritional deficiencies in calcium among other things.
Eventually, Charlie's nutritional deficiencies left his bones so weak, and his muscles atrophied from lack of use/exercise (he was locked in a small cage for 25 years) that he fell, and not surprisingly broke his back in the lower lumbar area.
Charlie was still alive, though clearly not doing well, but I brought him to a reputable avian certified vet, and they were able to put weight on him and get him the critical care he needed. Charlie had a fighting spirit and wanted to live, so he did!
He lives in a normal bird cage, but it does not have perches; he rests on his keel bone, and I keep the bottom padded with a magnetic therapy pad, fleece and sheepskin to prevent bed sores and pressure to his keel.
I have had him for a year now since his accident, and although he will remain paralyzed in both legs, he is healthy and happy!
I just keep a watchful eye on him and take precautions (carpeted room, towels on book shelf, top of cage, etc). The vets are surprised he has gone this long without serious bed sores or injury to his keel; I put him on sheepskin fairly quickly, the good kind meant for people to prevent bed sores. The fleece also is very soft and non-irritating (easier to spot clean and wash too)
Let me know what happens or if you would like someone to talk to about it all!
We had the most horrific accident last night. I was preparing a baby for shipping to its new owners (baby wing clip and nail trim). When I was done, the lil wee one climbed into my robe as I gathered the few feathers and put them into a Baggie for the owners and labeled it with the date. As I was doing it, my mini-doxie came running into the kitchen and jumped into my lap. Little did I know he stepped on the baby....and appears to have broken it's back at the point of where it meets the pelvis. I was devastated and felt like a knife went through my heart. The baby didn't even make a cry. When I went to retrieve her from my robe, I noticed she wasn't moving her legs and was just flapping across the floor. (I always leave several puter primaries once they fledge so they can still fly but not sustain long distance or height as the new owners train). She made no sound as I examined her lower extremities. One leg is definitely damaged. Today, she is showing some reaction to attempts to touch the other, which I am hoping is a good sign, that maybe she isn't totally paralyzed. We have moved everything to the bottom of the cage. She has fleece bedding until I can get to the store tomm (I was personally in the ER myself today all day). We have a dog/cat food can lid with water so it's shallow for her, food right on the bottom (both on a new fresh towel for her) along with millet and as I am handfeeding two babies, have given her some handfeeding formula to ensure she is getting fluids and nutrients as we adapt and see where this all goes over te next little while. Your forum gave me high hopes that this blessed little darling will be able to adapt, especially once her wing grow back in (she's only missing a few feathers (what I refer to as a baby trim) and as I said, the reaction with the one leg today gave us high hopes maybe she will get some partial use of even one leg. We always take in and/or keep lame, injured, etc birds but I was afraid I was going to have to put this beautiful baby down. Thank you sooooo much for giving me such high hopes that we will be able to enjoy many years with her. She moves around like crazy! Those wings flap like she's an Indy car driver and SHES full of fight and spirit! I will also look into the bedding and cage bottom coverings you've recommended. You have no idea the hope you have me tonight. I will sleep well and with happiness in my heart tonight knowing our girl has a chance a good life still with us now! Thank you so very much!!!! Marianne!
Sorry to hear about your little ones accident! I hope you are able to get him or her in to your avian vet as soon as possible. They will need to take xrays to determine the extent of any damage (any breaks or just swelling). A pain medication as well as anti inflammatory will be extremely helpful and critical at this stage so early on.
Charlie unfortunately had to undergo extensive vet visits for acupuncture to help manage pain associated with nerve endings, etc that continue to fire off and cause phantom pains common in paralysis or loss of limbs.
I hope your baby is simply bruised and swollen, and will make a full recovery with your vets assistance!