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Your question was quite direct: can a broken leg on a parrot heal all by itself, and can such an injury be life threatening?
The answer is complex, however.
In order to heal well and return the leg to proper, pain-free function, nearly ALL fractured legs require medical intervention.
Some fractures become life-threatening due to the risk of blood loss or sepsis infection in the blood stream). This is most likely to happen when the fracture punctures the skin, creating an open wound.
Sometimes fractures damage the blood supply to the rest of the leg below the fracture and this can lead to the death of all the tissue below the fracture site. This causes loss of the leg and sometimes death.
The only type of fracture that can heal well on its own would be so minor you wouldn't even know the bird had a fracture. It would only show up as a tiny hairline fracture in the bone on an x-ray. There would have to be NO bent angle to the bone at all, and ideally the fracture would be in a location where it had the support of another bone side-by-side with it that was not broken.
Any fracture where you can see the leg is clearly broken because it is crooked requires medical attention in order to heal properly.
If left alone, the fracture will remodel the shape of the leg into something crooked, unstable, and painful for the rest of the bird's life, if it survives.
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It was clear enough
Good. I want to be as helpful as possible.
Are you currently having a problem with your bird, or just looking for general information?
I do have problem
What kind of bird is Hulk?
don't know exactly
Kind of Amazonian
Amazons are beautiful birds!
Look quite a lot like Indian with the neckless
And, yes ... distinguishing the different types of Amazons can be very tricky.
But it's not
Is he favoring a leg?
And is really green
And can you see that the leg is obviously crooked?
Main colour green
When do they show their gender
Amazons cannot be sexed based upon their physical appearance.
Because I'm not sure is it male or female
We rely on DNA sexing from a blood sample.
Somehow they manage to figure it out, however. ;-)
But I was told if the head colour becomes red its female
And if yellow is a male
Is that true
If Hulk is an Amazon, that is not true.
There are yellow-headed Amazons that are both male and female.
Likewise for red-heade.
So definitely needs to see a doctor
This is what is called the Mexican Red-headed Amazon: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-crowned_amazon
Yes. Even healthy birds need to see the doctor once a year, so if Hulk is new to you, you'll want to take him in, even if he's acting fine.
You'll want to have a relationship with an experienced avian vet BEFORE you have an emergency
Bird vets who are knowledgeable and experienced can be hard to find.
This is the yellow-headed Amazon: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow-headed_amazon
There are more than thirty different species of Amazon. They're fascinating.
Your local vet should be able to help you find your closest avian veterinarian. Sometimes people have to travel a bit to find one, but it's very worthwhile to have a plan ready for providing your avian companion with the medical care he'll need.
Great minds think alike! I was just typing in that information when you asked.
You can also find an avian vet on the AAV website. They have a Find-A-Vet feature
And, yes... there are members of the AAV in the UK
Is Hulk eating okay and not fluffed up?
Oftentimes an ill or injured bird will fluff up to conserve body heat.
If that's the case, you need to put a heat lamp on him or otherwise provide supplemental heat until you can get him to the doctor
If perching is difficult, place him in a smaller cage (if you can) without perches. Place a towel on the floor of the cage so it isn't slippery, and put the food and water on the floor of the cage so it's easy to reach.
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