Last October, I took Atilla to see Mr Avian Vet. He suggested we have a follow up appointment two months later to check Atilla’s progress. Atilla was not well in December, with her infection & also the moult, so I left it until now, today in fact, to visit the vet.
Clinging to Atilla's cage
As per usual procedures, I got Atilla into the nicely spruced up travel cage the night before, to ensure we could leave for the vet in good time the next morning. It was relatively easy getting her in the travel cage – I waited until she was laying across my hand to chew on the chair & then I cupped my other hand over her & quickly ushered her into the cage.
She was not happy about it. The toyboys were not happy either. For the rest of the evening they both clung to the side of the travel cage to be with Atilla. I wondered if they would go back to the Manor for bed. They finally went back for bedtime seed & were not impressed when I locked them in. Cagney, in particular was running around trying to get to his girl.
Bedtime without Atilla
I put Atilla’s cage close to the Manor so overnight toyboys & Atilla could see each other.The next morning I left them both covered up a bit longer than usual to try & minimize stress but when I started bundling Atilla up, the toyboys began to shout.
After scraping ice off the car, myself & Atilla were on our way to the vet. It is about a 40-45 minute drive to the Avian vet. Atilla coped well & I think she even munched on a little millet during the journey.
Mr Avian Vet gave Atilla the usual prod & poke. He said that the hernia has got larger & the undercarriage lump is probably about 50% hernia, 50% fat. An operation is out of the question as she would not survive it. Basically, I need to keep a close eye on her & watch out for difficulties in breathing, pooping & perching. Of course, keeping a “close eye” on Atilla will not be difficult for me as it is part of my routine anyway….
Atilla's not far away
Once again, Atilla was bundled up & we made our way home. This time Atilla managed a few chirps & it may well have been my imagination but I’m sure she was getting louder & chirpier the closer we got to home!
By the time I got her in through the front door, there were chirps all round, from Atilla & the toyboys. Needless to say, the first thing I did was get Atilla into the lounge, unbundle her & let Cagney & Bezukhov out. As soon as I opened the Manor, both boys slammed straight into the side of the travel cage & almost knocked it over in their haste to see Atilla. Atilla, was also very quick off the mark when I opened up the travel cage & immediately flew to the Manor. She then did her tour of inspection to make sure everything was how she had left it. Canoodling & smooching could then commence, although in this case it was mainly the two boys trying to kiss her at the same time. They were overjoyed to have their leader back!
For the rest of the day, they shadowed her every move. 🙂