My finch broke/sprained her wing can she live?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by fordhirl2003, Jan 27, 2017.

  1. fordhirl2003

    fordhirl2003 Hatching

    Jan 27, 2017
    My finch got out of her cage and broke or sprained her wing other than not flying around she is doing great but can she live if she can't fly?
  2. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under fordhirl2003 [​IMG] Welcome!

    Sorry that I do not have any experience with caged birds but I recommend posting your question on this Forum:

    Alternatively, you could try the Emergency & Diseases Forum:

    I do hope that your Finch is OK.

    I also hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
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  3. fordhirl2003

    fordhirl2003 Hatching

    Jan 27, 2017
    Thank you I'm very new to this kinda stuff so I'm trying to figure it all out. I followed the link but not sure how to post there yet
  4. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    No problemo .. when you have followed the link to the Forum you want to post on, just select 'Start a New Thread' to post your question:

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  5. wamtazlady

    wamtazlady Songster

    Jul 18, 2013
    Kalispell MT
    She doesn't need to fly to have a good life. Just keep her in a smallish cage. No flight cages for her. The small cage will let her wing rest if it is just sprained. I raised a canary that was blind. She did fine. Just kept her in a small cage to herself and made sure her food, water, and perches were never moved.
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  6. fordhirl2003

    fordhirl2003 Hatching

    Jan 27, 2017
    Thank you I have her in a small cage by herself she is eating and drinking and running around just fine just not flying so I'm hopeful thank you
  7. gpop1

    gpop1 Songster

    May 2, 2015
    if she can keep her wing in the correct position then its probably not broken. A lot of bird can not fly and they learn to get around just fine as long as they are not tripping over there own wings. The wing may hang slightly lower and be slightly swollen if it is damaged. As long as its not swelling badly it shouldn't be a problem.
    If the wing is fully down then that can be a problem and the cage floor should be covered with paper so it can not get trapped in the bars. Time will tell if the wing will heal so I wouldn't cull unless it was causing distress or had the bird to a point where it could not move freely. By the sounds of your post that doesn't seem to be the problem.
  8. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

    I don't necessarily have experience with finches but as a wildlife rehabber who's worked with (larger) flying birds, I have some experience with this kind of thing. A broken wing alone will not generally kill a bird. Though, I agree with the above, if she's holding it up in its correct place, its more likely a sprain or tissue injury rather than a break. If you could have her seen by a vet, that wound be ideal. However, otherwise, I would recommend keeping her very quiet. Don't handle or disturb her much, maybe offer some electrolytes in her water to help with shock.
  9. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our flock! Hope you bird is okay!! Best of luck to you!
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I think she will be fine. Doesn't sound like the wing is causing her any grief. I think small cage birds don't do much flying, I used to have canaries and they just jumped from perch to perch or floor without using their wings.

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