Hi, welcome to MYTOOS! How long have you had Melissa? Has anything changed with her perching? I'm just wondering if her feet actually hurt her? Just a thought. Some who've had TOOs much longer then me will probably come along shortly and have some more thoughts on this.
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I agree with EchosMom. This bird should be seen by an avian vet posthaste.
In the meantime, see if you can get a glimpse of the bottoms of her feet...maybe when she's holding on to the side of the cage. Check for redness or obvious sores. I am worried by your description of her behavior that she may be developing bumblefoot....which can be caused by using the same perch, or the same size perch, constantly. That's one of the reasons it is always recommended that you have multiple types of perches in a cage. Bumblefoot can be fatal if not treated aggressively.
We have a Golden Eagle with Bumblefoot at our clinic that we've been treating for 9 months. Although we've gotten her broken wing healed and rehabbed....we can't release her until the feet clear up.
I have a Grey whose nails I just had trimmed. The person who did it discovered a sore on the bottom of her foot and asked if I had any cement perches in her cage. Well, I did.. along with other varying sizes and textures of wood, but seems the cement one was the one she spent the most time on. I promptly replaced it with rope and started an aloe foot bath couple times a week. Seems to be improving.
Please keep a very close eye on the Grey's foot sore. You may want to visit with your vet. We generally treat foot sores very seriously and the dr I work for would probably want to get the bird on Baytril, just to be safe. It doesn't take much for foot sores to develop into Bumblefoot, and then you can be fighting a long, potentially fatal, problem.
Hmmmm seems like they are recommending topical treatment with antibiotics and not orally. I really am against the overuse of antibiotics in humans and animals. It can create superbugs, ie. those resistant to simple treatment and requiring the "big guns" in the antiobiotic world. I think I will keep close watch and continue the aloe with a call to the AV tomorrw. Thanks Janet for the article!
Yes, we usually start out with topical antibiotics as well, but it that doesn't work, we have to move into the orals. Bumblefoot can be extremely difficult to treat and cure. That's why I always recommend that foot issues are dealt with as soon as they are recognized, so that Bumblefoot doesn't have a chance to develop.
I've seen Preparation-H used successfully to treat bumblefoot in raptors. If I recall correctly, I have heard of it being used with psittacines, too. Definitely worth a mention when talking with your AV.
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BSBOO, would love to know where you shop in the Charleston area as 2 of my bird resources have closed recently. Seems that all the local new stores only carry stuff for small birds. Thanks in advance for the info! Oh and if you are on facebook, add me and u can enjoy pics of my flock!