Bootsy is our Lovebird that is Handicapped. She has two severely clubbed feet and walks on her elbows. She is a happy bird and she talks, runs around her cage and she even lays eggs!
This is Bootsy when she was a baby. She was learning to walk using her elbows. I splinted her feet off and on trying to get her feet untangled but it never did much good for walking but it did help to spread them just enough so she can climb hooking her toes over the wire.
I fed bootsy formula until she was old enough to eat food on her own.
This is how Bootsy balances herself, using her elbows.
Bootsy has learned to do many things using her elbows and her beak.
I am always trying out new things for Bootsy since she cannot stand on a perch. She has had five different cages since she was a baby as we can never seem to get her environment exactly right.
Recently I thought of something new for her and she just loves it! A mayonnaise jar!
She shreds paper and takes it into her jar and hangs out quite a bit in her secret space.
I left the paper on the jar so it gives that privacy she wants. Bootsy's favorite toy is in the front of the opening and that makes her feel safe.
I just wanted to give you an update on our girl!