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July 12, 2022

Indian Myna

Hi I rescued an Indian myna and we have raised it and it for almost 2, 3 years. When we found him his foot had been broken but had healed on its own. There have been no problems until today he started biting his one toe when in his cage. We took him to the vet where he cut his nails. I cleaned his cage and perch but when I put him back in his cage he started biting his toe again. But he does not do it when he sits on my hand or on the towel I put him on


Hi Mareli,

He may have some nerve damage – possibly the nerves weren’t working and started working again. It could also be arthritis, even though he is young, or something related to the injury. It may be behavioral – he does it when he wants out and it’s stress related. I would try some different perches – maybe a flat perch – in case the perch he sits on is causing pain. There is a product called Vet wrap that can be used to wrap around perches. It keeps them from being as hard but also offers some texture so he can still grip. Since he can’t chew on things like a parrot can, you might try a soft material to cover the perch, but it needs to be something he can’t get caught in or pull threads from. There are also different types of platforms that are sold for pet birds. I don’t normally recommend these because they can trigger hormones and cause egg laying in a female bird, but if you know he is a male, a platform might be good for him.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,


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