Some birds and parrots are born with defects, others get hurt in the nest box as tiny babies and some have one or other accident which leaves them handicapped.
This however, does not mean that they can’t have a normal life. Parrots and birds are amazingly adaptable and quickly learn to cope with their handicaps in such a grand way, that it would be cruel to deny them that life.
My Indian ringneck pet parrot Pinki somehow got hurt in the nest box while a tiny baby, leaving him with a crippled leg. Although my veterinarian tried to fix the leg with elastoplast, Pinki kept biting off the bandage and so the leg and foot stayed shriveled up.
Realizing that Pinki would never be able to walk properly, I did not trim his wings, so he learned to fly soon. I never kept him in a cage. He thus had the whole house to explore and enjoy. Amazingly enough he also managed to land where ever he wanted with one leg.
His favorite place was on my shoulder though, and still is today.
When he was fully grown and starting to damage my indoor plants and stuff, I put him outside with my larger parrots during the day. There he learned to climb the wire enclosure and also how to land there after flying.
His night time resting place was a bird tent hanging in my bedroom, one without a perch, just a flat bottom.
My new home is not yet bird proofed, so Pinki had to move into the aviaries outside with all my other pet parrots.
He loves to be outside now and very seldom lets me take him inside. My shoulder still is his favorite place when I’m inside the aviaries, though. On there he can safely visit every aviary and pick his favorite snacks off every food plate.
Pinki does not think he is cripple and none of the other parrots think so either, even though he cannot walk properly nor take food in his paw to eat like the others.