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Cockatiel splayed feet?

Hello... I am wondering what cockatiel splayed feet look like? As I mentioned in my introduction post I got a 3 month cockatiel from a breeder. Sheís healthy but something Iíve noticed is that her feet colour is darker than a normalís lutinoís? I also have another cockatiel Roco who lives with Reese (the baby cockatiel). She seems to want to sleep at the bottom of the cage and Iím not sure if something is wrong with her legs? She was just at the bottom of the cage sleeping and I checked her. Her feet seem cold. She is healthy but Iím considering taking her to the vet. But I want to ask here too. Could she have splayed feet? How to know if bird has splayed feet?
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Re: Cockatiel splayed feet?

Or I am looking at possible feet problems? One of her feet seems really cold than the other and I getting worried.....I’m going to take her to the vet in the morning...
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Re: Cockatiel splayed feet?

Some of our breeder members may have good advice for managing possible foot issues. When in doubt, a visit with certified avian vet is best.

Can you upload images, some of us can share perceptions. Best way is via free hosting site such as Imgur or you can use the "paper clip" function above the text box, just to right of the drop-down smiley menu.
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Some of our breeder members may have good advice for managing possible foot issues. When in doubt, a visit with certified avian vet is best.

Can you upload images, some of us can share perceptions. Best way is via free hosting site such as Imgur or you can use the "paper clip" function above the text box, just to right of the drop-down smiley menu.

Can you please tell me how to upload images...Thank you.
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Re: Cockatiel splayed feet?

Don’t know if this is correct way to post but.







As you can see her feet are darker in colour and have been since we got her. Something I forgot to mention is that today she was playing on the dining table and she fell off it and I immediately checked her and she seemed fine. Do you think something happened to her legs because of it? I checked her again and She screeches when you touch her right foot. I will be taking her to the vet ASAP tomorrow morning but any advice is appreciated. Please. Help me.
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Re: Cockatiel splayed feet?

She seems to be having problem perching and she’s sleeping at the bottom of the cage. Someone please help.
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My cockatiel died this morning. I can’t stop crying.
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Re: Cockatiel splayed feet?

Oh my gosh, oh I'm sooo sorry!!!! I dont read every post every day, I'm sooo sorry

I understand she was 12 weeks? Its possible she wasn't fully weaned, or sometimes a young one will revert back to needing hand feeding when they move to a new home. Thats just one possibility... in tge picture it looked like maybe her keel was very sharp like she may not have been eat enough...and you talked about screaming in yiur other thread thst may have been her begging for food ( hand feeding formula food) young bird can play with food and it serms like tgey are eating when they are not or not eating enough... and sick birds can do the same thing, making you think they are eating when not really

or young birds can die at thus age from a virus they got or an infection that she could have come to you having.. these young parrots at Weaning age its a time they can die because their bodies are under a lot of stress from Weaning and their immunity isn't fully developed yet... i think the fall was a symptom that she was already pretty far gone not the cause of her death...the cold feet was her body already shutting down... i don't think she could have been saved even if you got her to tge vet right then...
I'm so very sorry for your loss.... so very sorry

O would clean the cage very very well every single bar and the food and water dishes and all the perches, and throw out anything soft thst can't be cleaned, just to be safe to your remaning bird. And I would take the remaining burd to an avain vet specialist to be safe incase it was Infectious.

If you ever get a second bird, it must be quarantined fir 30 days separate room from your first bird. Also get a digital kitchen scale, weigh your current burd every day for the next couple if weeks, and turn set up a weekly weight check. This is a tool to help pick up problems with your bird, because they do hide illnesses, until its to late...

A young just weaned burd should have weight checks every few days just be extra safe. This is advice for all the readers of your post...

Such an awful thing for you to go through
There us no way to know exactly what happened unless you had a post mortem done, but even then it can be difficult to get an answer,
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Re: Cockatiel splayed feet?

Oh gosh I'm so so sorry for your loss! It is also possible it was some sort of cardiac issue. The feet do look dark and purplish to me and them being cold too could indicate circulation and/or heart issues. I don't think your bird had splayed legs. With splayed legs they are held sideways to the body. Some are more so than others( we have a budgie who totally cannot use her legs to stand, they are flat with the ground and she scoots around on her belly, or hangs with one foot holding her up. Some cases are so minor that they just sit a little funny on a perch. Regardless, splayed legs are not life-threatening), but your birds feet look like they were in a more or less normal alignment. If you place your bird's body in the fridge, you could still have your vet examine her body to try and see what may have happened. This would help to identify what happened and perhaps help your other bird if Reese had any sickness she could have given to Roco. I hope she didn't and it was something she was born with, or failure to eat as Laura suggested could be a possibility. Again, so sorry for your loss.
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Quote: Originally Posted by Laurasea View Post
Oh my gosh, oh I'm sooo sorry!!!! I dont read every post every day, I'm sooo sorry

I understand she was 12 weeks? Its possible she wasn't fully weaned, or sometimes a young one will revert back to needing hand feeding when they move to a new home. Thats just one possibility... in tge picture it looked like maybe her keel was very sharp like she may not have been eat enough...and you talked about screaming in yiur other thread thst may have been her begging for food ( hand feeding formula food) young bird can play with food and it serms like tgey are eating when they are not or not eating enough... and sick birds can do the same thing, making you think they are eating when not really

or young birds can die at thus age from a virus they got or an infection that she could have come to you having.. these young parrots at Weaning age its a time they can die because their bodies are under a lot of stress from Weaning and their immunity isn't fully developed yet... i think the fall was a symptom that she was already pretty far gone not the cause of her death...the cold feet was her body already shutting down... i don't think she could have been saved even if you got her to tge vet right then...
I'm so very sorry for your loss.... so very sorry

O would clean the cage very very well every single bar and the food and water dishes and all the perches, and throw out anything soft thst can't be cleaned, just to be safe to your remaning bird. And I would take the remaining burd to an avain vet specialist to be safe incase it was Infectious.

If you ever get a second bird, it must be quarantined fir 30 days separate room from your first bird. Also get a digital kitchen scale, weigh your current burd every day for the next couple if weeks, and turn set up a weekly weight check. This is a tool to help pick up problems with your bird, because they do hide illnesses, until its to late...

A young just weaned burd should have weight checks every few days just be extra safe. This is advice for all the readers of your post...

Such an awful thing for you to go through
There us no way to know exactly what happened unless you had a post mortem done, but even then it can be difficult to get an answer,

I think the breeder gave me a sick bird....Itís not about money because I spend thousands on my birds but I would have liked to known that my new bird was sick so that I could get her the treatment she needed. I think I should have seen the signs and I canít believe I missed it. The breeder is so irresponsible and I feel very wronged. I did call him twice and ask about her weaning because she seeemd to be screaming for food and he kept saying that she was on solid food. I do not know what happened or why she died and I wish I had answers.

Iím very paranoid and anxious about Roco right now. He seems healthy but so was she until last night. I already threw away the cage and all the things that were in it and bought a new one with new stuff because I donít want him to catch anything....I wonder if its too late for that now.

Roco is chirping, eating, pooping normally but his vent is soiled. He was playing with his new toy just now. Iím so paranoid I keep checking up on him every few minutes. His feet are a little cold but it has been raining here since morning and the balcony door was open. I want to save him....Iím so worried.
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