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What are your thoughts on plastic perches and sand sheets on the cage floor?



Bumblefoot

Bumble foot is an ulcer found on the bottom of birds feet , the first sign after lameness is a small red shiny sore which can often be found on both feet.

Budgerigars are suscepitical to bumble foot which can be caused by a deficienty of vitamin A but the biggest cause of Bumble foot must be plastic perches,concrete perches,sandpaper covered perches,concrete perches and sandpaper cage floor coverings.


The signs of bumble foot may not be easily recognised by some owners but lameness is usually the first sign . Look for a staining above the cere as this is a sign of discharge from the nostril which is the most obvious sign of vitamin A deficiency.


Prevention; Only use natural perches and supply Vitamin A.

Vitamin A can be supplied in a supplement or dark leafy greens,carrots or red peppers


The cure; Contact a avian vet who will prescribe antibiotic cream,this must be applied daily and only after cleaning the sore.

Remove all perches and have a soft towel on the cagefloor during healing.

In more severe cases, there can be as ulcer formation on the pads of the feet, chronic abscessation, and infection of the bones of the feet. Once infection spreads to the bones and joints, birds become severely lame, and surgery is required if there is to be any chance of recovery.

While very mild cases can clear up within a few days, severe cases of bumble foot can take weeks to months to heal and the bird may be left with permanent damage to its feet.

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Great thread!
This should be a sticky as many people don't know how bad plastic perches are.
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Great thread!
This should be a sticky as many people don't know how bad plastic perches are.
I agree with you Amber , if we all stopped buying plastic perches they would fade away and die , best place for them
 
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I have no plastic perches in my cage ...branches and a new rope perch for my boy...I agree about the plastic ones but the shops are still selling the plastic ones and tjose horible sandpaper covers..

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All wood perches in my cage, of various lengths and thickness, my guys like the Y branches. I cannot even begin to imagine how uncomfortable sandpaper would be. I use paper towels on the bottom of the cage with some oyster shell grit sprinkled on it. I was thinking of a rope swing, do they like those??


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All wood perches in my cage, of various lengths and thickness, my guys like the Y branches. I cannot even begin to imagine how uncomfortable sandpaper would be. I use paper towels on the bottom of the cage with some oyster shell grit sprinkled on it. I was thinking of a rope swing, do they like those??


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Hi Sandra my birds have thick sisal ropes in their aviary , they love it , add to those willow branches, machined ash perches and a few playthings , we then have happy feet
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Good post as usual Barrie!
I'm so shocked everytime I go to buy things for my birds and I see sandpaper perches that say "Great for trimming nails! Comfortable for birds!"
Thats like false advertising or something!
I use only wood, rope, or the concrete kind (this one is Charley's favourite...who would've thought she'd enjoy concrete more than nice, soft rope? lol)
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Thanks Barrie, I am definitely going to find some sisal or rope swings and toys for my guys.
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Good post as usual Barrie!
I'm so shocked everytime I go to buy things for my birds and I see sandpaper perches that say "Great for trimming nails! Comfortable for birds!"
Thats like false advertising or something!
I use only wood, rope, or the concrete kind (this one is Charley's favourite...who would've thought she'd enjoy concrete more than nice, soft rope? lol)
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All wood perches in my cage, of various lengths and thickness, my guys like the Y branches. I cannot even begin to imagine how uncomfortable sandpaper would be. I use paper towels on the bottom of the cage with some oyster shell grit sprinkled on it. I was thinking of a rope swing, do they like those??


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Rope swings are great, and rope boings seem to be a big hit with budgies. Mine sleep on theirs every night

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