The elephant in the room
18 February 2012
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…. or rather, the lump in the room…
Since I reported on Atilla’s last visit to Mr Avian Vet, I have not mentioned her fatty lump & hernia problem. This has not been intentional. It is just that she is still a busy madam & gives me lots to focus on other than the lump.
Unfortunately her “undercarriage” lump is gradually getting bigger. It can be seen in some of the photos in other posts. It is big, soft & wobbly. The far side of it has fluffy feathers on as she cannot reach there to preen. However, I have seen Cagney preen her lump! He did not plan to, but was climbing up the cage bars & Atilla was on the peg above him & as he reached her he looked up & was faced with her fluffy lump. He immediately started to gently preen it & Atilla did not mind in the slightest.
The lump is starting to upset her balance a little but she still gets around as much as before. She attempts a big fly at least once a day but always lands on the floor. I have now set up a “stairway” from the floor to the Manor if she should find herself stranded & I am not around to help her up. I do supervise their out of cage time but may go out the room for just a few minutes. One time recently I returned & she was on the floor by the Manor, unable to work out how to get home & that is what made me think of constructing the stairway. At least she has the option for independence although I suspect she will prefer to wait for my hand lift service.
So, apart from the lump getting bigger, there is no other health impact so far…. Atilla is still busy, bright-eyed & the boss.