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Old 08-31-2013, 12:58 AM
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Question Walking on Ankles

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so, i notice tsuka perches and walks on his ankles, nearly all the time. my other birds all stand firm on their feet, with their ankle upright and not touching the ground.

but tsuka perches and walks with his ankles low, and i'm just curious as to why. genetic, deformity, health problem, personal quirk? other?
he actually has callouses on the joints of his ankles from it. it doesnt really affect him, i'm just curious mostly.

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came from an ad on kijiji when he was 5 months old
previous home heavy chain smokers
follicle damage in wings and tail due to weak feathers breaking during nightfrights, feathers weak from smoke.
attacked in the nest as a baby, toes on one foot injured with toenails now deformed. has some scar tissue on one eye from attack.


he's also pigeon toed lol

you can see what i mean in the photo



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Old 08-31-2013, 01:26 PM
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Re: Walking on Ankles

Can't say I know, sorry!

It just might be from his experiences as a chick?
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Re: Walking on Ankles

I don't really know either, but could it be because of his foot deformities? So sorry for the little guy!
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Re: Walking on Ankles

If you watch them, most companion birds have some degree of being pigeon toed as they walk and whether that & Tsuka's propensity for walking/sitting on his hocks was a genetic or dietary deficiency caused malformation, you'd probably have to check with an avian orthopedist.....it could also be that the bird just got used to sitting/moving in that position when it was a small chick.....

When I was growing up, we lived next door to a family of 3 kids that had to be re-taught how to walk.....their father worked mids & the kids got used to tip-toeing around while their dad slept.....the two oldest were twins & when they started school, the school nurse sent a note home that the kids were walking on their toes & the balls of their feet.....they ended up having to go through some primitive physical therapy because the muscles on the backs of their calves were beginning to shorten to compensate for their way of walking.....the kids had to wear braces for the better part of their first year of grade school.....

Like with splay/spraddle-leg any corrections would have had to be done while the bird's bones were still soft & pliable.....
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Re: Walking on Ankles

yeah i asked my tiel breeding friend, she knows a heck of a lot about this stuff too, and she agrees deformity as well.

oh well, it doesnt affect him, he gets around fine, but he does have 2 wonky toes on one foot too. his inner back toe is stubby, and the claws on the same foot are deformed, one grows kinda straight and the other on the stubby toe is a little nub.






these were the toes that were attacked as a baby
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Re: Walking on Ankles

It's most likely a congenital defect that was not corrected and now it's set. Nothing to worry about.
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Re: Walking on Ankles

Poor baby make sure to watch his feet for sores, the weight doesn't sit how it should when they are like that and it makes sores and wear more likely to happen.

Rosie also sits on her ankle with her bad leg, that half of her breast has noticeably less muscle because she favors that side. But you shouldn't have to worry about that since your tiels legs are equal.
I have to check Rosie's feet often to make sure it isn't showing irritation.

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Re: Walking on Ankles

i remember seeing some of rosie's history before, but what exactly was up with her leg that caused it? she's so beautiful!
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Re: Walking on Ankles

Hello,
I know this is a very old thread but I'm having the same problem with my cockatielx she's always walking on her ankles. And like someone said, it could be a deformity. My bird is currently getting a treatment for her bumblefoot on both legs. It was so bad that it took almost 2 months to see a difference. It's still there but it's gotten alot better. My theory is that she developed bumblefoot because she's always using her ankles. I've notice that her foot that she "favors" more is more stubby. I don't know how to explain it but it has more muscles on the ankle area. And the foot that is thick is the one she's always using to eat or rest on. She kind of ignores the other foot because it had bumblefoot that was far more severe than the other foot, so she forgot about it. Can someone give me advice on how I can avoid it.
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Re: Walking on Ankles

Pictures help. How long have you had the bird? Hi, welcome to the forum..sorry your birdie has issues. Birds need some wide perches, much wider than you think, at least one where the foot is almost flat. What kind if perches and types do you have? How old is your bird? I'm so glad to hear you are getting treatment. A lot of older birds are down on their hocks, because if not having large perches to rest on, and perches of different diameter and types. They spend all day on their feet and don't get the chance to move around a lot in cages during the day, as they age this really takes a toll on the feet and joints. Not saying this is what happened with your bird, but for other folks reading this , it will save their birds feet in the future. Bumble foot can be difficult to get over, takes time and dedication. How is your vet treating?
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