Splayed Or Paralyzed Legs In Fledgling Bluebird



Well if it’s not one thing it’s another.  Today while putting on mealworms for the Bluebirds, one of the recent fledglings decided to pay a visit.  I could tell when it first arrived something wasn’t right.  For one, it’s tail feathers haven’t grown in, although that’s a minor issue.  It appears this fledgling has splayed or paralyzed legs.  I’ve sought some advice from Bet over at Sialis.org, but what I’m thinking of doing is trying to capture the bird, and take him to the wildlife rehab place.  If it’s splayed legs, I think they can fix that.  If it’s paralysis, well that wouldn’t be so good.

What’s rather amazing about this little guy is he can fly, and despite not being able to use his feet to grab on to anything, he has learned to land on his chest and flap his wings for balance.  Obviously he won’t last long in the wild if a predator sees this, but for now he is able to eat and drink.

These pictures were not taken for their beauty, and they are heavily cropped, but I wanted to show what the legs looked like.

Any advice or guidance from the bird experts out there?

Baby Bluebird With Splayed Or Paralyzed Legs

Baby Bluebird With Splayed Or Paralyzed Legs

 

Baby Bluebird With Splayed Or Paralyzed Legs Looking At Me

Baby Bluebird With Splayed Or Paralyzed Legs Looking At Me

 

Male Baby Bluebird With Splayed Or Paralyzed Legs

Male Baby Bluebird With Splayed Or Paralyzed Legs

margaret - It would be nice if you could capture and take to the wildlife rehab place……Blessings to you and this little bird….July 5, 2013 – 7:21 am

texdr - I’m trying, but it’s not easy. He still comes down every day to visit, but he’s not letting me get too close. He is becoming a better flyer if nothing elseJuly 6, 2013 – 8:41 pm

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