Hi Kathy – don’t over think the cage. Plexi would work against the bird physically as it would offer nothing to grab. A regular cage would be fine and if all possible the bad leg should be left intact.
A corner shelf or 2 to be installed for sure. Clear navigation paths withing the cage will be helpful – the bird will figure it out – here’s a video to help illustrate the problem as i understand it:
I wish my Congo African Greys leg was more like these big birds legs. It comes out on the side of his body about an inch from his tail & faces inward towards his body. He can scratch his head great :). I have been working it & it seems to have more motion now.
He gets so mad at it. He tries so hard to pull himself up to perch on his bucket. I’m really not sure if it will stop him. He works so hard to get around. If I can get him to learn to perch is the main thing.
I won’t let him spend his life on his stomach. Just wouldn’t be much of a life. He is supposed to be about 7 weeks old ( I was told he was 4 weeks when I got him ). He’s already so big & has a great personality. I just don’t have much experience with this & would love any advice I can get :).
Have you thought about starting a Pinterest board with these vidio’s? Maybe save a few babies from being put down if people see how well they can manage :). Thanks for all your help
Treat him like a normal bird except for the additional shelf perches. You can also mount ladders horizontally. FYI you inspired us to create a Pinterest board for handicapped birds & parrots found here