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Old 10-29-2018, 03:29 PM
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Hello there I'm just looking for some advice really?? I have a 5 year old quaker called sonny I've had him since a little fella he was born with deformed feet he's missing both rear toes on both feet and his front are not the best .now he has started chewing one of his remaining toes and managed to get a nasty cut we went to see a local vet and she thinks it's best to put him down. I'm so not ready for that and more importantly neither is he he's still doing pretty well eating and drinking Aswell as being pretty chirpy. we are off to see a avarian vet on Thursday for a second opinion what do you guys think i should do thanks Ian..
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Re: Help please!!

Hello and welcome!
I am so glad you have an appt. for a second opinion. I hope the new vet is able to help you, I know some people have had success with collars. We have a few members who have Quakers who self mutilate, I hope one of them will chime in on what has helped them.
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Re: Help please!!

Sorry, no advice here, but like Terry said, itis great that you are seeing an AVIAN vet, who might have a good idea. Salty and I applaude you for caring for this guy despite his issues.
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Re: Help please!!

You know what?

NO MATTER what happens... you are a wonderful soul, and you have given this little darling love, the greatest gift that can be given.

I hope we can support you. I'm so glad you found us.
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Re: Help please!!

Some birds live with only one foot..I don't know if you do but you could offer a shelf for him to test on sometimes so he doesn't always have to perch. You can also get a very wide perch too. Quakers can suffer from Quaker self mutilation syndrome. You can try and increase time out of the cage, new toys, baths and misting. Hot chili peppers have a lot of vitamin A and vitamin C and the hot capsicum part helps immunity too I feed one a day! If you have a safe travel cage or can roll his cage outside if it is warm enough but stay with him at all times, natural sunlight helps mood and is good for them. Maybe you feed veggies already but lots of veggies are good for them. I'm sorry to hear of the feet, I hope the avain veterinarian has good offeres for you. If you want to post a pic of feet we can see what you are dealing with, not that we are vets....
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Re: Help please!!

Redden 88 how is Sonny?
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Re: Help please!!

Hello everyone thanks for your generous words.

We have had a real set back last night sonny has managed to get his dressing off and had a nibble again so we are back to square one regarding the healing process.

It's so frustrating because this little fella just will not give in he was straight back to eating and drinking this morning as if nothing had happened.

If I'm honest I just pray they can remove his toe on Thursday because I'm sure he could still manage this little guy Is a machine.

I will try an upload a photo and once again many thanks.
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Re: Help please!!

Redden88:
I have read somewhere (or seen somewhere) that Haldol, a human psychiatric medication, helps parrots that pluck. Maybe you could ask your vet?

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Re: Help please!!

You can ask about pain relief too, it could be he has chronic pain in his remain toes that makes him chew. Though quakers will chew over groom feet as a stress ,anger, and quakers thing. My rescue plucker came with a missing tip of the and her feet were raw from obsessively chewing on them. Being with me in a better setting and lots of baths have helped her feet heal, she still does it but not as much, and she still plucks . Sounds like you have really been caring for your special baby , and giving the best possible life. I hope your new vet helps and you keep us posted. I have a huge love of these smart funny birds!
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Re: Help please!!

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You can ask about pain relief too, it could be he has chronic pain in his remain toes that makes him chew. Though quakers will chew over groom feet as a stress ,anger, and quakers thing. My rescue plucker came with a missing tip of the and her feet were raw from obsessively chewing on them. Being with me in a better setting and lots of baths have helped her feet heal, she still does it but not as much, and she still plucks . Sounds like you have really been caring for your special baby , and giving the best possible life. I hope your new vet helps and you keep us posted. I have a huge love of these smart funny birds!

I was going to suggest this too, he may be in pain...Has he had any pain medication or anti-inflammatory medication? If not, I'd ask your Avian Vet about at the very least trying it...And an E-Collar is your best bet while his toe heals...

I'd not let the Vet put him down without at least trying to see how he does without the toes, as you said he will probably be fine without them...Birds are survivors, they learn to adapt...So if it's a case where that toe needs to be amputated, then so be it, but I'd at the very least give the guy a chance to adapt, because many parrots have lived long lives without feet, without a leg, etc. It's definitely worth a shot...
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