Puddings & Toyboys

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Rosy-cheeked

Yesterday, Phineas was being his normal self, regurgitating, eating, regurgitating, preening, regurgitating & regurgitating.  I went & sat at the other side of the room for a few minutes but when I returned to him he had a splash of red on his cheek.  It looked like a beetroot stain but I knew it was not as they had not had beetroot (nothing can escape my powers of deduction!)  I could only assume it was blood!

A panic set in as I tried to work out what had caused it.  There was no fight as I was there the whole time & Bezukhov was in the manor whilst Phineas was in the Silver Villa.  Did he catch it on something?  If he did, there would be blood over something else.  I looked over the cage but did not see any blood elsewhere.  In the meantime, Phineas was being his normal self.  It clearly was not bothering him at all.

I decided that a small blood feather on his cheek must have burst.  Fortunately, there was no drama (Phinny missed a trick there!) & life has (thankfully) carried on as normal.

 

 

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Limp toes

I am thinking of renaming this blog “The Veterinary Chronicles”…

Yes, you guessed it, we have visited the vet again.  This time it was Cagney; he hurt his foot.  The last time this happened was just before Christmas.  On that occasion he recovered quickly from the bruising he had sustained.

Cagney in travel cage hanging by dodgy foot

Cagney in travel cage hanging by dodgy foot

Cagney's right foot not gripping properly

Cagney’s right foot not gripping properly

Close up of dodgy foot

Close up of dodgy foot

Cagney after vet visit

Cagney after vet visit

A few days ago I noticed Cagney limping.  There seemed to be something wrong with his right leg.  At one point, when he was on top of the Manor, I could see under his foot & it looked red.  Later on that day I managed to grab him & attempted to smear some aloe vera on his foot.  He was very wriggly (clearly he had been taking lessons from the Master of Wriggling, Bezukhov!)  He also felt very little.  Was this because I am used to holding Bezukhov who is now quite ‘solid’ or has he been losing weight?  His right foot seemed odd too, though I could not work out why (the wriggling did not help).  As the day wore on he struggled, so much so that I rang the vet to make an appointment.

The day before the vet visit, he appeared to improve though I did wonder if he had simply worked out ways to get around without putting stress on the dodgy leg.  I decided to go ahead with the visit anyway, which was yesterday, the 21st.

Of course the visit was only to go ahead on the proviso that I could actually catch Cagney.  I was fortunate that Cagney & Bezukhov thought I was ‘going in’ to catch Bezukhov for his every-other-day medication but I surprised them both by grabbing Cagney!  I popped him in the travel cage ready for his jaunt.  With the way he was climbing around the cage it was apparent something was still very wrong with his foot.  His toes seemed floppy.

Ms Exotic Hospital Vet (EHV) gave him an examination.  Other than his foot, all appeared well.  He weighed a healthy 47 grams (surprised me – I thought he would be be a lot less).  She trimmed his beak & his toenails.  His toenails were long though not as long as they have been in the past.  We assume he gets them caught, thereby pulling on his leg & causing an injury.  Ms EHV confirmed that the two outer toes on his right foot were affected & the ‘floppiness’ was most probably caused by stretched or strained ligaments.

She gave him an anti-inflammatory injection & said that it could take many weeks for his foot to heal.  It is also likely he will be left with some weakness in that area.  She gave me some Metacam to give him (orally) once a day for the next few days.  (I am not sure how administering of that will happen).

On our return, Cagney was welcomed with lots of shouting, although quite a lot of that was Phineas squawking as I had abandoned him before he could have his morning constitutional.  I made some perch adjustments in the Manor so Cagney has a soft rope perch to roost on.  Hopefully he will get a chance to rest his foot & his toes will return to full working order.

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Just for the record, here is a video of Cagney on the swinging perch the day before his visit to the vet.  You can see his foot is not functioning properly, although it does not stop him playing with the beads.

 


 

 

 

 

Bruising, bleeding, chasing & a temporary truce

Cagney has hurt his foot again.

Cagney holding up right foot

Cagney holding up right foot

Yesterday I noticed that he was holding his right foot up.  He was limping too.  This has happened before & I think it is because his long toenails get caught in something.  I continued to observe him & was concerned enough to remove the swing from the Manor & put some padding on the bottom in case he should fall.

He seemed fine in himself & was getting about.  He even sat in Phinny’s cage for a little while but as the day progressed he seemed to get a little worse.  He had difficulty turning on the perch & could not be bothered to go all the way down to his seed pot.  Naturally, I held the seed pot up to him.  I decided that a vet visit was in order, if only to confirm it was a simple sprain & nothing sinister.

Today, Cagney visited the vet.

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Gallery of battle scars

My blood drawn

My blood drawn

My blood drawn (again)

My blood drawn (again)

Phineas with injured toe

Phineas with injured toe

Close up of Phinny's toe

Close up of Phinny’s toe

Thomas & his bloody eye

Thomas & his bloody eye

Thomas & Phineas

Thomas & Phineas

Following on from my previous post on Fight Combinations, I have attempted to limit having only Phineas & Thomas out together.  If Cagney is snoozing in the manor then all is relatively calm.  However, when Cagney moves, both Phineas & Thomas want to be in prime position & this is when a fight can happen.

Most of the time Thomas flies away but he is not scared of standing up to Phinny  & at times he proves this.

Other times, it appears that Phineas is flirting with Thomas & starts to get a bit excited & possibly a bit aggressive.  Unfortunately, Thomas has no interest & this sometimes sparks another altercation.

Either way, I have to keep my eye on the two of them.

Though I have tried to limit their “fighting times” & also supervise them in the hope of averting a clash, there are times a full blown battle occurs.  Under normal circumstances, Thomas would flee my hand but I know a fight is bad when he does not.  In these instances I slip my hand between the two boys & usually get a hard bite (from Phineas) for my trouble.

I have spotted Phineas with a red blob on his toe which must have come from another scrap.

By far the worst outcome so far has been a scratch above Thomas’s eye.  Blood poured down from it & initially it looked alarming.  Fortunately, it was just a superficial wound.  Despite him rubbing it a lot (most probably to get the blood out the way) it was clear his eye was not damaged & he was still flying & landing fine so vision was also not affected.

Apart from the fights….

….all is good.

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Another Toegate

Yes, there has been another toe incident.  Who was the victim?  Phineas.  Again.

Who was the perpetrator?  The jury is still out on that one.  All I can say is that Phinny runs around a lot on top of the ferplast & dangles his toes through the cage bars a lot.  This must appear tempting to whoever is underneath.  In this case, I suspect either Cagney or Thomas.

Though the wound looked quite red, Phinny recovered quickly & spent a little time afterwards cleaning it up himself.

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Toenails (part 2)

As I alluded to in the previous post, there was a toe incident… henceforth known as Toegate.

I was in the kitchen when whatever happened actually happened, so I can only speculate, but blood was spilt.  Phineas hurt his toe. 😦

I was alerted by Thomas flapping in his cage.  Only Phineas was out, both lads were locked in.  When I entered the crime scene lounge, Phineas was on the Manor.  The first thing I noticed was that he had a wet belly.  This suggested he had fallen in the (new) bath attached to Thomas’s cage.  There were splashes of water up the side of it which confirmed this but alarmingly there was also blood.  I also detected traces of blood on the bars of Thomas’s cage.  On closer inspection, I could see that Phineas had blood on his toe.

Putting all the pieces of the puzzle together, I imagine that Phineas was roaming around on top of Thomas’s cage when Thomas nipped Phinny’s toe.  In his surprise, he most probably fell into the bath which probably set Thomas off on his flapping fit & Phinny back to the manor.

Fortunately, there is no lasting damage to Phinny’s toe.  The bleeding stopped very quickly, leaving a little dried blood on his toenail.

It is possible I am doing a disservice to Thomas here, by stating he nipped Phinny’s toe.  If this really is the case, I doubt it was done in malice but more out of curiosity.

Update on Cagney’s foot

The 3 amigos on the sisal rope perch

I am aware that I have not given an update on Cagney’s dodgy foot.  I am pleased to report that all is well.  His dodgy left foot is now completely fine & the pressure sore on his right foot has gone.  I did try putting savlon on his sore but the attempts were pretty feeble so I can only assume that his healing was down to “time”.   It certainly did not take as long as the last time so although there was a problem it was not as severe.

So, why does he keep injuring his foot?

The only thing I can think of is a combination of him having too-long toenails & getting a too-long toenail caught in a loop on the sisal rope perch.  I prefer the sisal rope perches to the cotton rope perches as I believe they can easily tear the sisal rope but not the cotton, so even if they do get caught, they can bite their way free.

In fact, Cagney can often be found chewing the sisal rope perch.  Bezukhov joins in.  Sometimes, I join the two of them & we three spend a quiet evening pulling at the strands on the perch.

In the meantime, I do believe Cagney has been keeping his toenails shorter.  Fingers crossed he keeps them down & does not injure his foot again.

Dodgy foot

Cagney has injured his foot again. 

I noticed, as he has been holding it up quite a bit.  It is not as bad as the last time as he does not appear to be limping, at least his limp is very, very slight.  Unfortunately, like last time, he has developed a pressure sore on his good foot from having to rest his dodgy foot more.

Shortly after I took the photo below of his sore, I managed to discreetly dab a bit of savlon on via a cotton bud, through the landing platform, whilst he was distracted by the tasty cucumber.  I am not sure it will have done much good as he then toddled off & the cream was then smeared over the perches…

Holding up dodgy left foot

Pressure sore on good (right) foot

Today he has been holding his dodgy foot up but curled up & tucked into his feathers so I am hoping it is already on the mend.

Normal service is resumed…

After about 6 weeks in the “wilderness”… ahem…. normal service has been resumed…..

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Although Cagney will still hold his bruised right leg up, it looks like it does not hurt as much as before…

Limpalong Cagney, sleepy Atilla & the Vet

Electric blanket on the Manor

The day after the Avian Vet visit, Atilla was still very sleepy & weak, in fact most of the time she could hardly open her eyes.  I kept her warm in the Manor under the electric blanket.  Her lump had got smaller due to the injection to reduce the excess fluid.  It now hung down flatly rather than being big & round.

Cagney carried on feeding her.  She did not accept any food/seed from me.  I boiled up an egg & mixed in pellets that I had crushed to a powder, crushed seaweed, a pinch of Guardian Angel & broccoli & sprinkled a few drops of water that had the antibiotic in.  I hoped this concoction would provide Atilla with more vitamins & hopefully more energy.

Cagney eating egg mixture

Despite Cagney gamely keeping up with feeding Atilla, his foot was no better so I decided to call out Mr Exotic Vet for the next day.

Come bedtime, Atilla made her way to the peg & after a little rest there, decided she wanted to sleep on the swing Bezukhov was on (the boys were sleeping on the two front swings).  It is possible that she did not even know he was there as she was still barely opening her eyes, but either way, she jumped on it & landed beside a surprised Bezukhov.  I offered my finger to Bezukhov who, still in shock, readily agreed to settle on the back swing.

Cagney feeding Atilla

The following morning, I found Atilla had made her way to the ttmss swing & was sitting there quite comfortably.  I handed up the water pot & she slurped from it.  She also climbed on my finger & walked up my arm, outside the Manor.  I moved near the plant pot stand & she jumped on it!  I think she appreciated the change of scenery.  She sat there for awhile, being fed by Cagney.  Bezukhov sat with them… all three on the plant pot stand.

Atilla's outing on the plant pot stand

When Mr EV & his assistant arrived, Atilla was back in the Manor & the toyboys were having a fly around the lounge.  Naturally, Cagney did not want to be caught & flew off whenever Mr EV approached.  Funnily enough, Bezukhov flew everywhere that Cagney did even though we were not after him.  Cagney got a little tired & eventually he was caught when he flew into the Manor to hide.

Mr EV confirmed that Cagney’s leg was bruised.  He cut his toenails as some of them were quite long & we assume he must have caught one, causing the bruising on his leg.  We were to allow more time for his leg to heal.

Cagney preening a sleepy Atilla

Atilla was still weak so Mr EV had a look at her.  He managed to prise off two large crusty poops on her lump that must have felt uncomfortable.  I explained all that had happened with Mr AV.  Mr EV said he would ring Mr AV & find out if there was any other medication to help Atilla.

It felt reassuring knowing that two vets would be discussing how to make my precious Atilla comfortable.

After Mr EV departed, I left them all locked in the Manor to calm down & rest.

Result of poop clearing

At bedtime, Atilla made her way to the peg & after a brief doze, launched herself at Cagney’s swing.  For a few moments, they were sat side-by-side, Cagney looking a bit shocked at her supposed decision to share the swing.  Then Atilla launched herself at the back swing where she settled for the night.