SPECIAL CARE FOR LEG INJURED OR IMPAIRED BIRDS
If your bird has incurred, or been diagnosed, with a leg injury or impairment, whether temporary or permanent, there are a few simple changes in the birds environment you can implement that will give it a much safer and enjoyable daily quality of life.
Transitioning Your Impaired Bird
If your bird becomes impaired, you will want to immediately make a few changes to the cage to keep your bird safe—and you might even want to consider purchasing a more suitable cage for the bird, considering its new condition.
- The first thing you will want to do, in any case, is lower the birds perches, so that if it falls, it will not sustain even more injury. If the cage has a substantial interior height, you will certainly need to immediately lower all of the perches and toys. If the grill is adjustable, raise it up to reduce the interior cage height.
- The second thing you will want to do is place a thick layer of cloth toweling on the cage bottom. Cover the toweling with paper to protect it from becoming soiled. Placing layers of bubble wrap under several towels is also helpful in providing a soft landing for your bird, if it should fall.
- Keep all food and water bowls within easy reach of the perches.
- Remove swings and toys that might prove problematic for an impaired bird.
- Observe your impaired bird closely for the first few days, and fine tune the cage setup to make it as comfortable, and safe, as possible for the bird. Pay particular attention to the ease with which it can access food and water, and take note of where it now chooses to roost for sleeping.
Birds enjoy being up high, rather than being down low. If you have a bird that has issues with climbing and/or perching, consider purchasing a cage that isn’t attached to a solid base. Cages with stands tend to have more interior height than cages without stands, and interior height might prove dangerous to an impaired bird, as it can fall. Look for a cage that’s wide, rather than tall, and unattached to a stand.
Cages without stands can be placed atop other cages, or on tables or other pieces of furniture that allow the bird the feeling of being up high, without being unsafe.
If a bird has difficulty climbing, it’s wise to purchase a cage with all ho