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Old 04-27-2013, 08:01 PM
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Re: Splay legged/Spraddle Legged Birds

Platform perches made form 1x6 untreated pine would be great for him, as well try to make the cage bars all horizontal instead of vertical, you can buy cages like this. Add ladders from one thing to the next like platforms or to the food dishes etc give him larger food dishes so he can get in them to eat if he can't even stand at all... These are just a few I'm sure more people will add more.
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Re: Splay legged/Spraddle Legged Birds

I agree with JT, except 1x6's may be too wide for his cage, you might want to go with 1x4s instead.....

You might want to make several sets of sleeves to slip over the ramps to give the bird some purchase...but you'll probably want to want to keep it's nails clipped or filed so it can get around without always catching its nails.....probably an old sheet would be good as terry cloth might be a little more difficult, but then you could try a wash cloth or hand towel...I'd use push pins on the bottom side of the ramps/platforms to hold the cloth in place.....

Covering the ramps/platforms with cloth will save removing them from having to be removed for scrubbing...with the cloth in place, I doubt if any urates would be liquid enough to affect the wood, however, to insure non-absorption of the wood, you could use a clear urethane to seal it.....
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Old 09-14-2013, 12:28 PM
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Re: Splay legged/Spraddle Legged Birds

I'm not sure if anyone is following this thread anymore, but I'm working on a actual Scooters Story and I was wondering if anyone would be interested in hearing it.
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Re: Splay legged/Spraddle Legged Birds

I would!
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Old 09-19-2013, 09:33 AM
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I'll post it as soon as its done
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Old 11-10-2013, 12:06 PM
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Re: Splay legged/Spraddle Legged Birds

Quote: Originally Posted by pinkbug79 View Post
I'm so glad that I fell on this post. Thank you for sharing Scooter's story.

I'm adopting a pacific parrotlet who, like Zoey is completely splayed. She's still a baby, but apparently it's already too late to have her little legs braced. I'm looking for "cage set up" tips. Any advice you could give me would be most welcomed.

We've had another splayed leg parrot in the past; a Bronze Wing Pionus Parrot named Baby who lived to be 20, but his legs were only half splayed. He got around just fine and lived life his life to the fullest.

Looking forward to hearing back from you
I'm sorry I haven't gotten back to this response, I must have missed it! If you still need/want some advice please feel free to message me!
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Re: Splay legged/Spraddle Legged Birds

I am happy to see this! I am a former bird breeder and I heard of this but never had any on my babies! I am working with a pet store feeding baby birds now and they got in a pair sibling before I was there and they been in store for least 6 months. I going to bring them home to be my own pets. so I love to know your cage setup. I want to provide lots of places to sit and rest at different levels of the cage! thanks
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Re: Splay legged/Spraddle Legged Birds

What I understand there is (apart from unsuitable nest-situations) also an inbreeding factor as well.
There was some issue with it with the birds at my mothers workplace (agricultural school/ not sure how you would call it): all the budgies had identical nestboxes and only the inbred/ breeding too close in the familyline ones ever had those issues.
(No it was not a deliberate experiment- but the final years had been slack with seperating the youngsters in time-- teacher was *not* amused!)
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