How to cure a broken leg to a canary
One of the most common companion birds is the Canary, a small bird that comes from the Canary Islands, which stands out among all others for its cheerful appearance, striking color and beautiful song. Caring for a canary can seem like a very easy task, since their hygiene and feeding are not very complicated, but these birds have very delicate and fragile legs, so you have to be especially careful when you injure any of their limbs. In this article we show you some of the measures of prevention and care so that you know how to cure a broken leg to a canary .
Caring for a canary can be very simple, but to ensure that you are always in good health, we must pay attention and observe their usual behaviors to detect possible symptoms of discomfort and thus know if your canary is sick.
The first thing that must be done to know if a canary has a wounded leg, is to observe with caution the movements that our canary normally performs, since, if it is perceived that the bird rubs with too much insistence any of its legs, it is necessary to be alert because this may be indicative of having a problem in that limb. If at first sight you do not see anything strange in the leg, you can try to take it and look closely at it more closely.
It is important to follow a series of guidelines prior to the cure of the canary leg. Before you start, wash your hands well or use disposable latex gloves and wash the two legs of the bird with extreme care. To do this, use warm and clean water, which contains a little disinfectant (hydrogen peroxide, for example) to clean the wound well and prevent the canary from touching this area and worsen.
Next, you must identify what type of fracture your canary presents, in order to resort to the remedy that best suits the injury. Some of the most frequent injuries that this bird can suffer in the legs are the following:
- Open wound: it looks like the fractured bone comes out of the leg. It is one of the most serious injuries since it requires surgery and medication. If your canary has an open fracture, request an appointment to the veterinarian immediately.
- Wound closed: the bone is broken but has not pierced the skin that covers the leg. In this case, it is necessary to splint the limb so that it can heal correctly.
Due to the fragility of their limbs, it is quite common for canaries to fracture any of their legs as a result of a small blow or fall. If your canary has a broken leg, you can cure it yourself at home, although it is always recommended that you do it or if it is checked by a veterinarian once you have stabilized it .
For this, once the legs are clean, you must be very sure that you correctly place the leg of your canary and that it is not twisted, since the bone will heal in the position in which you place it. Then, take a cotton and break it into small narrow strips (keep in mind that the legs of the canary are very thin), then soak them in a little water and place them over the fissure of the leg, so that it is well cover. Remember that this is recommended in case of a closed wound, if your canary has an open wound, this must be cured and the bone replaced and this should be done by a veterinarian specialized in exotic or small birds.
With the passing of days, if you see that the bird, little by little, returns to support the leg normally, it means that the wound is healing. If, on the contrary, the canary does not improve, you should take it to the veterinarian as soon as possible.
Another way to cure a broken leg to a canary is to splint it. To do it more comfortably, you can ask a friend to hold the bird while you carry out the process, since the normal thing is that the canary is not disturbed by the pain caused by the wound.
To get the right splint, cut a small piece of cardboard or a toothpick shaped like the bird's foot. Carefully and after applying the disinfectant, place the splint around the broken leg, so that the entire fracture is well covered. Keep in mind that the splint should be well attached to the limb, but not too tight, since it can then hinder circulation. Finally, wrap the splint with a band-aid to prevent it from falling.
Once the leg of the canary is splinted, it is advisable to arrange the cage so that the bird can rest and heal properly. Make sure that both the feeder and the drinker are large enough so that the canary can access them without having to move the convalescent leg a lot, that is, make sure they are within your reach without problems.
In addition, you should keep in mind that feeding a canary correctly when sick is one of the keys to its prompt recovery. Also, you should be aware of your canary, and observe the entire healing process to make sure there are no problems.
Although now you know how to cure a broken leg to a canary, it is advisable that you take the canary to the veterinarian so that he can do a thorough follow-up of the bird's wound, in order to control the healing process and prescribe, in case it is necessary, the use of antibiotics or specific creams.