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Re: handicapped congo

Posted by Rick on 2/10/08
(6) Comments

    On 2/09/08, Rose wrote:
    > On 2/08/08, Nubi wrote:
    >> I just adopted a 15 qweek old handicapped congo. He is a
    >> doll baby!! He has no feet and only one wing and it is
    >> deformed. Just wondered if anyone might think of anything
    >> special that I could get for him to play with. I have him
    >> regular toys hung where he can bite and play with them.
    >> Just looking for any help that anyone can give me. Thanks.
    > This must be one extremely frustrated bird. How does he get
    > around? They are usually so energetic. Does he have legs but
    > not feet? There was a vet I saw on TV who made little paddles
    > to put on the ends of a cockatoo's legs so he could walk.
    > Maybe you could look into that if he has legs. Whatever
    > happened to him at such a young age? Poor thing. I like the
    > birdie kabobs for my birds to play with and I think your bird
    > would, too. They are chunks of soft wood for chewing. You
    > could just lay one out in front of him. Also you might try
    > pine cones or dried corn cobs with the corn still on them.
    > They have fun popping those off one by one. Drs. Foster and
    > Smith have small ones in a multiple pack. It seems you need
    > find things that will help the little fellow pass his time. I
    > would give him stuff to chew so he won't think about chewing
    > himself.

    As fascinating as this sounds of your adopting a disfigured
    baby bird, I do hope you are in this for the life of this
    bird. Don't ever tire of your duties with him, b/c they will
    only get more demanding as he ages.

    The reason I say this is b/c we too have an adopted deformed
    CAG (from birth due to being trampled) that was unwanted b/c
    of his deformities and therefore the lack of interaction and
    primarily a needy bird for its past 4 years. Not perchable on
    your hand, stick, etc. Dirty bird in general b/c of his
    limited movements at times.
    He has the body of the Hunchback of Notre Dame. He has both
    twisted feathers with a twisted back, he stands with one hip
    protruding higher up than the other, short legged on other
    side. He is very pitiful looking to an untrained eye, but has
    the best vocabulary, silly and comical in nature, and makes
    the most of his day playing with his toys and venturing in and
    out of his cage. He is a slow mover! But gets there.

    I can't imagine your little guy not having any legs to get
    around with. It takes special people to care for these
    deformed creatures. Our was passed to us b/c we rescue birds,
    but know he would never be placed again. He came to us from a
    breeder who tried breeding him with a female.........what a
    joke! He is only 4 years old to begin with, and I find it
    rather awkward that he would be able to perform with his

    I too would be worried about the self inflicting this little
    guy might do out of boredom or frustration just as the
    previous poster stated.

    I, however do not have anything to add for your main question
    regarding toys. I am lost with this one. I guess you will have
    to experiment and keep everything LOW for him. You will also
    have to take care to keep him clean after pooping if he cannot
    stand. Hopefully someone else will have more information for

    We will hope for the best for you. You have your hands full,
    good luck with him and do keep us posted.