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HI All, I have a friend that has had a few babies that have came out to having deformed feet.. they are VERY young still, and I wanted to get your guys opinions on how to proceed with them and if they will live a healthy life.. they walk fine, and are starting/wanting to climb. any suggestions on what he could do for them? sorry for the terrible pics, but hopefully you get the idea...

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Re: B/g pair.. Deformed feet.. Any suggestions?

Those actually look like the toes were bitten off in the nest; your freind needs to take measures to prevent that in the future!

They should be able to adapt but it will be important for them to have horizontal bars on their cages and extra important for them to have lots of different types of perches and standing surfaces.


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Re: B/g pair.. Deformed feet.. Any suggestions?

Ouch, poor babies! If they are bitten while in the nest the above post is right, they should be removed from the nest and hand-fed for their own safety.

I have heard that massaging the feet routinely to help bring circulation back may help strengthen and get the blood flow back into the feet. Of course they should also see a certified avian vet to ensure they are not infected and can heal properly.
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Re: B/g pair.. Deformed feet.. Any suggestions?

they actually were deformed from birth... not bitten by parents.. that he knows for sure. I was telling him that he should make stairs and platforms for them to be able to walk more and not have to climb as much? he says that they are starting to climb, so maybe they will learn to adapt to their disability... do you think they would be able to perch?
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Re: B/g pair.. Deformed feet.. Any suggestions?

My elcectus has toes like that missing one on the front and on the ther foot the back toe.
He gots around pretty good, but he does loose his footing so the vet suggested rope perches and different sizes and not slippery ones that comes with all cages.
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Re: B/g pair.. Deformed feet.. Any suggestions?

If they were deformed at birth (and I don't think they were), then your freind needs to stop breeding the pair until he has identified what illness or nutritional deficiency of the parents led to the defect, or stop breeding the pair altogether as it is likely a genetic problem. However those toes look like they were bitten, likely within the first 12 hours after hatch. Unless your freind counted toes immediately after hatch he can't know they weren't bitten.


To the point of the babies already missing toes, they don't need ramps or platforms and should actually be encouraged to climb as much as possible. I would leave them flighted rather than clipping them though.


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Re: B/g pair.. Deformed feet.. Any suggestions?

ok great!! I want to possibly rehome them, but I want to make sure that they will be ok, and live a normal life... he wants to make sure that they stay together. and I agree. I told him that I wanted to get all of your opinions as I feel that this is a wonderful forum of information!! thanks a million!! I might have 2 baby BG macaws coming into my life!!
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Re: B/g pair.. Deformed feet.. Any suggestions?

Your area has Certified Avian Vets!!!

Your 'friend' should have already taken them into a CAV! Having not done so, has me questioning your 'friends' honest and level of caring for these chicks!

As noted above. If in fact this is a 'genetic problem' your 'friend' should have already separated this pair! If this has not happened, you need to question the sincerity of your 'friend' and her /his care of these Parrots!

Has the chick's fully completed weening? That means that they are fully on to solid food for at least a couple of weeks! If not, your 'friend' needs to commit to completing weening!

If you bring these chicks home, set-up a visitation with your area's CAV that same day!

To your question: Yes, they can live a very happy and long life!

To assure that, complete a Web Search using: Handicapped Parrots / Handicapped Birds. There is a huge network of individuals that are caring for Parrots with like problems and even more serious problems.
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Re: B/g pair.. Deformed feet.. Any suggestions?

I'll adopt! I think they have cute feet! I'd love them with or without disability
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Re: B/g pair.. Deformed feet.. Any suggestions?

he has never had a problem he said. I don't know how many babies he has had from his birds, but he said that they have never had any deformities. I am going to tell him all of this information, and even the possibility that the mother or father had bit off the toes early after birth. he seems to be a very kind person, and he seems to take really good care of his birds. I have not seen them in person yet, but from the pictures and video he sent me today, they are not with the mother or father anymore. they are separated. but the babies are in the same cage.. he was thinking of taking them to a rehab center or sanctuary.. I asked him if I could adopt, as our BG we had got out when my kids were little, after they forgot to shut the door...
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