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Re: Help--My Canary keeps chewing/biting one leg

Posted by Sandpiper on 2/20/10
(11) Comments

    Oh, I am so very, very sorry to hear about your poor little canary! You did
    not intend to harm it, and I am sure it would be the first one to forgive
    you if had harmed it by accident.

    Listen, it probably was not the vaseline. I put vaseline on my bird's legs
    several times, and it seemed to do the trick! My bird is an otherwise happy
    and healthy bird, and I have had breeders now tell me that they use the
    vaseline on their birds, too. It suffocates the mites, and the bird begins
    to show improvement quite quickly. Please do not blame yourself for what
    happened to your bird. It could be that the bird had an internal problem
    that you could not see. Even a friend of mine, who is 80 years old, told me
    her grandmother kept a canary and used vaseline on its legs for mites, too.

    Think of this. Just because one thing occurred prior to a second thing
    occurring, it does not necessarily mean that the firt event was the cause of
    the second event. You need more information to prove a necessary connection
    between two events. In your case, I really do not think the vaseline killed
    your bird, unless it was contaminated by something else. If it was clean,
    pure, not too old vaseline, I cannot imagine it would have had that effect
    on your bird.

    Again, I am so sorry. I hope you feel better soon.

    On 2/20/10, Warning wrote:
    > On 2/19/10
    > Please see an Avian vet before you put Vasoline on your
    > bird's legs. My bird was fine, and was singing and eating,
    > before I followed that instruction to put Vasoline on his legs
    > for mites. The next morning he was very sick, hunched up, and
    > he died. I loved him very much. There is little nor no reliable
    > information on the Internet for problems for canaries. If you
    > find one you discover there are people trying to charge for advice
    > and to make money off people who are trying to save their birds.
    > I have cried my eyes out, and learned too late that you cannot
    > risk the life of your bird by following advice without knowing for
    > sure that it is safe. I feel that I killed my canary by putting a
    > small bit of Vasoline on his legs. I am broken hearted.