One of the most common companion birds is the canary, a small bird that comes from the Canary Islands, which stands out among all the others for its smiling appearance, striking color and beautiful song. Caring for a canary may seem like a very easy task, since its hygiene and feeding are not very complicated, but these birds have very delicate and fragile legs, so special care must be taken when any of their limbs are injured. In this article we show you some of the prevention and care measures so that you know how to cure a broken leg of a canary.

Steps to follow:

1. Caring for a canary can be very simple, but to make sure that it is always in good health, we must pay attention to it and observe its usual behaviors in order to detect possible symptoms of discomfort and thus know if your canary is sick.

The first thing to do to know if a canary has a wounded leg is to carefully observe the movements that our canary normally performs, since, if it is perceived that the bird is rubbing any of its legs too insistently, it must be alert because this may be an indication that you have a problem with that limb. If you can’t see anything unusual about the leg with the naked eye, you can try to pick it up and take a closer look at it.

2. It is important to follow a series of guidelines prior to the cure of the canary’s leg. Before you start, wash your hands thoroughly or wear single-use latex gloves and wash both of the bird’s legs carefully. To do this, use warm and clean water, which contains a little disinfectant (hydrogen peroxide, for example) to clean the wound well and thus prevent the canary from touching this area and may get worse.

3. Next, you must identify what type of fracture your canary has, in order to resort to the remedy that best suits the injury. Some of the most frequent wounds 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 surgical intervention and medications. If your canary has an open fracture, make an appointment with your vet immediately.

Closed wound:the bone is broken but has not penetrated the skin covering the leg. In this case, the limb must be splinted so that it can heal properly.

4. Due to the fragility of their limbs, it is quite common for canaries to break one of their legs as a result of a small blow or fall. If your canary has a broken leg, you can heal it yourself at home, although it is always recommended that you do it or have it checked by a veterinarian once you have stabilized it.

To do this, once the legs are clean, you must make sure that you placeyour canary’s leg correctly and that it is not twisted, since the bone will heal in the position in which you place it. Then, take a cotton ball and break it into small narrow strips (keep in mind that the canary’s legs are very thin), then soak them in a little water and place them over the fissure of the leg, so that it fits well cover. Remember that we recommend this in case of a closed wound, if your canary has an open wound it must first be cured and the bone re positioned well and this must be done by a veterinarian who specializes in exotic or small birds.

As the days go by, if you see that the bird, little by little, rests its leg normally again, it means that the wound is healing. If, on the other hand, the canary does not improve, you should take it to the vet as soon as possible.

5. Another way to heal a canary’s broken leg 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 most normal thing is that the canary is not restless because of the pain caused by the wound.

To get the right slat, cut a small piece of cardboard or toothpick in the shape of the bird’s leg. Very 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 securely attached to the limb, but not too tight, as this can interfere with circulation. Lastly, wrap the splint in a bandage to prevent it from falling off.

6. Once the canary’s leg is splinted, it is advisable to accommodate the cageso that the bird can rest and heal properly. Make sure that both the feeder and the drinker are wide enough so that the canary can access them without having to move the convalescent leg a lot, that is, make sure that they are within reach without problems.

Also, you should keep in mind that feeding a canarycorrectly when it is sick is one of the keys to its speedy recovery. Also, you must be aware of your canary, and observe the entire healing process to make sure there is no problem.

7. Although now you know how to heal a broken leg in a canary, it is advisable that you take the canary to the vet so that he can do an exhaustive monitoring of the bird’s wound, in order to control the healing process and prescribe, if necessary. If necessary, the use of antibiotics or specific creams.


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