How to help a bird with a broken leg - splint a fracture in a finch or Canary


Hello, this is the first time I entered here, and it is because I just found a little sparrow on the street, and it turns out that it has a broken leg, I do not understand anything about birds, but I have put on how to splint a bird's leg on google and I It turns out that someone has done it with a straw of soda, I have taken the measure from above until as if we said our knee, which is where the leg is bent and I have put that piece of straw, I have made mercromine, but Is it broken because it is hanging, not moving, something else I can do ?. I don't know what else to feed him. If I take you to a veterinarian, will I do anything? As I feed him, he doesn't want to, I just put the spike in milk and sometimes he drinks, or so it seems. Help, it's very small.

Little sparrow found with a broken leg.

It is a small chick, I don't know if I have to splint it all or just from the elbow we say up, the fracture I think it has on the top, the straw has taken it off, anyway it has the top very swollen and scary I did not hurt the straw, then opened it to serve, but I do not know. He doesn't open his mouth almost, I have to put the food in my mouth, I have never done it. Another question, do you have seizures, can gelocatil be given for pain?

Last edition by charly7vic, 05/31/2009 at 22:02 Reason: more extensive post.

Splinting Materials

You will need a couple of items to splint a broken leg. Birds such as finches and canaries are small, so that asset can be a rather difficult project.

To start, you must:

  • Scissors
  • Self adherent bandage
  • Straw

In particular, self-adhesive bandages are marketed as a veterinary wrap. You can buy in the pet stores wrap veterinary such as Petco and PetSmart, while self-adhesive bandages are available in the drug store in the first help section. You just have to look for the wrinkled texture.

Be careful not to confuse with the ace bandages self-adherent bandage wraps, which are made of cloth. You want the one who can cut the bandage, not woven.

How to splint a bird's broken leg

Splinting the broken leg of the birds will help prevent a major injury, promoting healing.

If the skin breaks, the first to apply a small amount of antibiotic ointment to the wound area.

Gently place the leg in an anatomically correct position (or as close as anatomically accurate as possible.)

Wrap the leg with a self-adhesive bandage / vet wrap. Only 3 or 4 layers should be sufficient. The bandaged leg should be approximately the same diameter as the straw.

Do not stretch the bandage as the leg is placed, as this will result in a bandage that is too tight. This interferes with the circulation.

Cut a slit in the length of a straw. Then, cut a section of the straw that is a little 'smaller than the width of the veterinary shell that has just been applied. This will ensure that there is bandage under the ends of the straw, otherwise, the ends of the straw will rub on the leg and / or foot of the bird, resulting in abrasion.

Place the straw on the bandage. If necessary, apply a piece of tape or wrap with a layer of veterinary film to hold the straw in place.

This bandage should be left in place until you reach the veterinary clinic.

Cue the bird should be changed every few days, or sooner if it gets dirty.

How to cure a broken leg amputation

Hi. For a fortuitous accident, I had to amputate a leg to a canary. The bone broke and the leg was hanging only by the muscle. I couldn't see a solution, since the bone was splintered and I could see it, so the decision I made was to cut the leg flush with the thigh. The fracture was in the tibiotarso.

I think it was the right thing, first because it was unrecoverable and second so that there was less chance of being hooked.

Once the leg was cut with scissors, I covered the wound with a cotton pad and cleaned it with betadine. The truth is that I hardly bleed.

The next day I wanted to clean the wound, but the cotton was very hard, perhaps because it was bleeding and the clotted mass accumulated that made it harden along with the feathers in the area. Well, when I cleaned it, I did it so badly that I managed to remove it but at the cost of the bird bleeding a lot. The truth is that I thought I lost it and it died in my hands. I covered the wound with another cotton, cleaned it again with betadine and put a new cotton and left the canary in a transport in a room with heating.

To my surprise, the Canary is still alive 3 days after the amputation and 2 days after the great bleeding. But now I have a problem, I have not cleaned the wound yet, because the cotton is like a stone and I don't know how to do it, hence this thread to ask you to help. First how to talk and remove it slowly without lifting the scab that must be done and avoid new blood in spurts. Second, how do I keep healing him? The bird eats, drinks, even jumps sticks.

Thanks for your help!

How to splint a bird's foot or ankle fracture

If the bird has a broken leg in the ankle and foot area, a slightly different approach is needed.

You can only use a self-adhesive veterinary wrap splinting a broken ankle or foot. Cut a thin strip of veterinary wrap, about a quarter of an inch wide.

Place the foot in its anatomically correct place. They should form a 45 degree angle, as if the bird was standing.

Use the bandage to wrap the foot and ankle with a model of Figure 8. The foot and ankle will pass through the "loop" of 8.

Be careful not to wrap too hard. The bandage should not stretch you taught how you wrap. Wrap too tight causes discomfort and interferes with circulation.

Types of fracture

There are different causes that can cause a bird's leg fracture. The most common are usually due to a blow or a bad fall although sometimes a small chick can present a deformity due to the little space that it could have inside the nest.

The ideal would be go to a veterinarian as soon as possible that could recognize it and identify what type of fracture it is, and what remedy should be applied, and that sometimes not going to the specialist can mean the loss of a leg.

If your bird has suffered a fracture but you cannot go to the specialist right now, you must first identify what kind of problem is it:

  • Genetic disease, that is, the bird was born with this deformity
  • Trauma suffered by the bird (blow, fall, etc.)
  • Infectious disease (smallpox or Marek's disease, Salmonellosis, Gout.)
  • Presence of fungus in the paw
  • Poisoning

Tibia and fibula fractures are the most common and simple to recompose (middle part of the leg) while that of the femur is very complicated, and more so because it is such a small living being.

How to help an injured bird

Once the splint is applied to the broken leg, place the bird in a cage hospital until it can reach the veterinarian.

The cage hospital must have:

  • a heat lamp (a table lamp with a 60-watt incandescent bulb is sufficient.)
  • a couple of layers of paper towels on the grid floor
  • food and water placed on the floor
  • a low hanger, a couple of centimeters from the ground.

And "essential to ensure that your injured bird has access to food and water. Promote healing by administering a diet rich in protein, calcium, vitamin D3 (necessary for the bird's body to effectively absorb calcium) and other nutrients .

If you have unflavored Pedialyte at hand, it can be provided instead of water to help restore bird electrolytes in this period of stress. You can also use a homemade electrolyte solution.

Once you visit the veterinarian, you will usually have three options: euthanasia, which to amputate or splint. Some opt for euthanasia. Others may choose to have an amputated leg, although it can be very expensive --- an expense that most are not willing to spend a small bird like a canary or finch. Splinting the leg is often the best course of action.

In a large percentage of birds with a broken leg, foot or foot, the leg becomes necrotic (dead) and if necessary, falls to the breaking point. The area below the point of injury darkens and ultimately turns black. The leg will fall shortly after --- about 2 or 3 weeks after the initial injury.

Providing antibiotics and pain medications will help keep your bird comfortable, avoiding infections.

The prognosis of a bird with one leg is good. Losing a leg is not harmful to your long-term health. It takes a little practice, but over time, you will learn how to balance and jump enough.

It is better to provide a shelf in a cage (photo above) and / or the nest once the bird has healed. This provides your bird with a place to relax, take the weight of the rest of the leg.

Before splinting a bird's leg

Before starting the process it is very important that you put your bird in quarantine, especially if it could be a disease or some kind of fungus. If you think this may be the problem, get some latex gloves to prevent the transmission of diseases.

If you cannot move, place it in a nest or element where you feel comfortable and collected, offer water and food if necessary until you are more recovered.

Take your bird and wash your legs with clean water and disinfectant, you will prevent it from self-mutilating. Before splinting emergency you must identify what type of fracture it is:

  • Badly positioned leg: If the leg is healthy and has no swelling or breakage, it may be due to a bad position in the nest or growth problems.
  • Open fracture: In this case you will observe how the bone comes out. Open fractures are very serious because they need surgery and a quick suture, at least within 8 hours after the blow has occurred. Failure to do so can start gangrene and the problem may be irreparable.
  • Closed fracture: In this case we do not observe that the bone crosses the skin of the leg, but we can perceive it broken. We will need to be very careful to treat it properly.

How to splint a bird's leg

  1. Ask someone to help you hold your bird while doing the whole process, it is normal to be nervous and restless. Remember that you must be very delicate and cu>

How to adjust a badly positioned leg

Badly positioned legs should try be remedied as soon as possible To avoid major problems, it is essential that you go to your veterinarian as soon as you can.

The treatments for these cases are usually very original because (usually) it is not a broken leg but rather a bad position that ends in a deformity of the natural state of the position of the legs. It can also be a cause of poor nutrition, a torsion of the leg, or severe trauma.

We leave you these fantastic explanatory images of: who have done a spectacular job with this pigeon, from ExpertAnimal we want to congratulate you!

This article is purely informative, at we have no power to prescribe veterinary treatments or make any kind of diagnosis. We invite you to take your pet to the veterinarian in case he presents any type of condition or discomfort.

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broken leg at thigh height

well guys I write to see if anyone can help me.
This morning I opened the cage of my canaries and one has escaped. It has been taken by a dog that I have.
I have squealed and released it but it has a broken leg by the thigh.
where they already have a pen, the bird eats and drinks, but I don't know what I can do to it.
because splinting it is not possible.
please help me.
Now his leg is hanging completely.
I have read in other forums about amputation.
Have you taken a canary to the vet to amputate it?
How much does it usually cost?
is that being so high the break makes me think that it will be the only solution I HOPE NOT.
I have put antibiotic tabernil in the water.
I hope you answer
Thank you