Re: Help--My Canary keeps chewing/biting one leg
Posted by Suzanne on 2/19/10
> Rub a small amount of the jelly between the thumb and forefinger and
> then rub his leg. Don't try to glob it on his leg and then rub it in.
> You can thoroughly wash his cage and disinfect everything with a mild
> bleach solution and let his perches dry very well before putting him
> back in the cage. I don't know what accommodations you have for him
> while you're doing this.
Thank you so much for this timely information!! I noticed my canary
biting a reddened leg, which he has never done before. I immediately
came to the Internet for help, and thanks to you I got help!!
Years ago I bought two canaries from a dear friend who is recently
deceased. She raised canaries, and I lost those two canaries, which
broke my heart, due to some leg and beak problem, which appeared to be
mites, and despite numerous trips to the vets and having Scat applied,
and the vets even gave them shots, I lost them. I decided I would never
go through that again. My parrot, whom I have had from a baby and who is
almost seven now, never had that problem, for which I was very thankful.
Now my friend has died, and I promised her I would take her one remaining
canary. He is adorable, and has now started singing again, although he
was in bad shape when I got him.
Recently I began having some kind of bites, and decided it was from my
working outside and protecting the bird houses I provide for wild birds.
I now know that was really a bad risk, but nothing has ever happened
before, and I feed wild birds and squirrels outside and have for years,
with no problems.
So, this morning I saw the little canary biting his leg which looked
reddened. Thanks to your advice I have already applied Vaseline
Petroleum jelly to both his legs, have clipped one of his nails (the rest
were okay), have put him in a reserve cage I had stored, and have cleaned
his cage with scalding water, alcohol and a dash of Dawn in the water,
and sprayed it with Windex. It is now drying. The canary is unperturbed
and is happily eating his food. He was very sick and depressed when I
got him since he went through a lot while his owner was in hospice and
nobody able to take care of him. After losing the other two canaries,
who were raised where he was, I am terrified of losing him. He loves his
high grade seed of all kinds, Romaine lettuce and carrot. He is very
smart, and lets me know what he wants. Last night I heard him even sing
in his sleep once he has been so happy.
My question is how will Vaseline on the legs, which applied easily as you
advised, eliminate the mites if they are all over his body?