Why My Budgie Can’t Use Its Foot {Top 10 Reasons Why} 

Are you noticing that your budgie is not using one of its feet? Is it an injury or could it be cancer? Although there are many reasons for this, it’s best to discuss this topic in greater detail together in this article.

Why My Budgie Can’t Use Its Foot. A sprain, bumblefoot, blisters or problems with its environment can lead to your budgie to not use a foot. A possible illness, nutritional deficiency or tumor could lead us to seek an avian vet’s diagnosis if this problem persists. 

What To Do If A Budgie Injures a Foot

Could your budgie possibly have fallen off its perch? Maybe you didn’t see it, but now you can clearly observe a limp or complete inability to step on a foot. It’s time to go the vet if this continues for the rest of the day.

The avian vet specializes in such injuries to budgies. Inflammation will probably occur and bandaging the sore leg will help to heal the sprain.

Wait 2 weeks to 3 months for your budgie to fully recover. At this point, you will notice your budgie putting more pressure on the leg or able to grab onto a perch more firmly.

Do I Need To Go To A Vet If My Budgie Can’t Use Its Foot?

The next 24 hours are going to indicate if you need to take your budgie to an avian vet. Carefully observe for any improvements. If you see the condition worsening, you are probably looking at an inflamed or broken foot.

An X-ray might be necessary for the correct diagnosis. The stress from a broken leg can easily cause your budgie to become weak and possibly die. A weak foot could be a sign of something else going on in the body. Your vet will have to assist at this point.

What Are The Reasons Why A Budgie Stops Using A Foot?

A budgie could limp or stop using a foot for many reasons including:

  1. A possible stroke
  2. paralysis
  3. illness
  4. bumblefoot/pododermatitis 
  5. curled toes
  6. deformed foot
  7. arthritis
  8. gout
  9. tumor
  10. uneven perch

In all of the cases above, the solution comes from the correct diagnosis. We hope its only an uneven perch that can be replaced. If this condition persists, the only thing that makes sense here is to go to the vet to find out what is causing it.

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How Can I Tell If My Budgie Is Sick?

Your budgie could be using only one foot because it is weak or dying. Look carefully at other possible signs such as:

  • inactivity
  • less chirpy
  • sitting fluffed up
  • sleeping too much
  • not eating
  • weight loss
  • discharge from eyes 
  • sneezing a lot
  • wheezing
  • unable to perch

If you budgie is unable to perch, the foot has weakened or something deeper is wrong. These conditions rarely improve by themselves. Your companion might need your help and a visit to the vet will be the best option.

Why Is My Budgie Struggling To Walk?

If your budgie is holding one leg up, it won’t be able to perch comfortably. The stress could lead to something worse. The limping could be your budgie trying to disguise a bigger problem that lies within.

Possible reasons for limping or holding up one foot are:

  • Bumblefoot (pododermatitis)
  • Bad Perch
  • Obesity
  • Poor diet
  • Curled toes


This is a condition known technically as pododermatitis. The foot is falling victim to degeneration or chronic inflammation.

It can worsen and lead to open sores or wounds. If ulcers form, the bones could get damaged. This condition needs to be identified sooner than later.

Bad Perches

Perches come in many shapes and sizes. Some perches do not allow for your budgie to grip or shift its stance. You budgie might be putting pressure on one foot more than the other because the perch is uncomfortable or uneven.


Your budgie could be off balance due to excess weight. One foot could be impacted or develop inflammation because of this. Bumblefoot may result due to an unhealthy weight.

Poor Diet

It seems that a nutritional deficiency could be leading many budgies becoming weakened to a possible state where their feet could be affected. A lack of Vitamin A raises this risk even higher.

Curled Toes

This condition is more common. If your budgie is not able to perch because of curled toes, then its a bigger problem. Usually curled toes do not hinder a budgie from walking or perching. Lameness can result if it’s more serious.

How Can I Tell If My Budgie Has An Infection?

Look for the following that could be signs of infection leading to your budgie’s limp or inability to use one foot.

  • Redness
  • Pain when touched
  • A discharge around the eyes or beak
  • Bleeding
  • Swelling
  • Dark green poo

If these conditions do not improve on their own within 24-48 hours, they will most likely get worse.

Does My Budgie Have A Deformed Foot?

Lameness in one foot could occur from a deformation. Sometimes it isn’t serious and your budgie may only limp slightly. If the deformation is causing pain, your budgie will stop using the foot altogether.

Budgies could be born with this condition or it could get worse after an illness. Even if it doesn’t improve, you may receive suggestions from a vet for better perches or cages to keep him or her more comfortable.

How Do I Know If My Budgies Foot Is Broken?

Look at your budgie’s leg to see if there is:

  • swelling
  • redness
  • inability to stand on one leg
  • constant shifting from one leg to another
  • unsteadiness
  • unable to walk
  • stress

Can a budgie sprain a foot?

Yes.  A budgie can sprain a foot from a fall. If the foot sprains easily from a short fall, the budgie could have been weakened from poor nutrition.

Make sure you vary the seeds and provide pellets that are enriched with vitamin A. This can help strengthen your budgie.

Why Is My Budgie Limping?

Budgies can injure themselves rather easily if they take a fall. Sometime they limp for a short time. Other times, it gets worse and they stop using a foot for a long period of time. Your vet will determine if there are other issues such as:

  • gout
  • arthritis
  • tumors

Medicine, surgery, changing the diet or perch may end up being recommended by a professional after a thorough check-up.


We hope your budgie recovers soon from any type of injury or discomfort. An avian vet will have to give you good or bad news depending on the severity of the condition causing one foot to not be used. Instead of worrying about the worst-case scenario, seek a vet’s diagnosis sooner rather than later.


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