My husband feels we should remove Rhett and Cherry's nest box and call them retired. Typically, elderly birds quit breeding on their own and these two have gone on longer than expected.
Over the course of several days we made three attempts to pull his leg into a normal position. Every time the contraption came apart or came off. I suspect his mother may have helped remove it.
|First attempt to keep leg in a normal position. |
We used a strip of bandaid to avoid irritating the skin.
|Second attempt with a rigid match stick between and|
stronger tape in middle with bandaid tape over ankles.
|Third and final attempt. Notice, he's a little older in this|
photo than in previous ones. Duct tape over a match stick
with Duct tape over the bandaid tape underneath.
|He can grasp with both feet and if I hold his leg next to|
his body, it will stay there. He seems happy and
content in this position.
I didn't expect this bird to leave the nest box on his/her own. I expected to take him out when his younger sibling left the box. However, today he left the nest box on his own and his younger sibling is still in it. The photos below were taken today.
|Sitting on a perch one-legged. Flies pretty well too, considering.|
|Found him sitting in this seed cup. He seemed |
comfortable there. Leg is not stretched out quite as far.
This little bird will either be a keeper or one to give away. He/she isn't one to sell, but neither will I put him/her down. Animals are amazing at coping with physical problems.