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How Do I Help My Rescue Budgie with Splayed Leg?

How Do I Help My Rescue Budgie with Splayed Leg?

From Donna E.


question: I have recently been given a parakeet with a splayed leg. 


He eats and flys but he’s not very active and basically just sits in one place for long periods of time, especially if another keet doesn’t land next to him to get him moving.


He doesn’t climb much, I’ve never seen him chewing any of the many toys.


I worry his leg is painful, thus he hesitates to move?


Any advice?


MitchR responds


Spraddle leg aka splay leg in chicks can be caused by a few factors.


If the breeder doesn’t put enough bedding material into the breeder box the chicks may not get enough cushion so the mother hen may sit on the baby too hard.


This would apply as well – How To Set-up A Handicapped Galah Parrot Cage.


The chick’s feet might also get caught up underneath its own body along with the additional weight of other chicks and splayed feet can occur.


It is treatable early on but if left unchecked the bird will get to the point where it must live with a handicap.


Plenty of flat perches low in the cage will instill your bird with confidence.


Lorraine H. asks:

When my keet was born, her legs are far apart, I call her stretch.

We looked it up and it said, get a rubberband small put a straw in the middle and put her legs in it, to get them closer.

We tried, but every band is to big.

Please help us.

Or should we just leave her.

She is happy, eats everything. We have her in our room. She calls for the other birds but I fear they might hurt her.

We have a room, in cages, finches, cocktails , one love birds and parakeets.

Thank you for your help


Hi Lorraine,

Here’s an alternative to using a band for splayed leg treatment.

Hope that helps



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Mitch Rezman

He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they visited monthly birdie brunches in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground.Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care.He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis.He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.

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