Puddings & Toyboys

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‘Episode’ update

Bezukhov

Bezukhov

Droppings

Droppings

Following on from my previous post, More medication (continued), the final day of administering of medication was as difficult as the other days!

 

  • Day 8 of medication (Wednesday, 21st May)

AM: Caught Bezukhov in the Manor. Due to all the wriggling, a very small amount was given.  1/10
PM: Very quickly caught Bezukhov in the Manor.  Managed to give him some medication.  5/10

Previously, the last day Bezukhov had an ‘episode’ was Thursday, 8th May.  Unfortunately, he had another one on the 29th May, three weeks after.  Since the last vet visit, he has had Calcivet in the water.  They appear to be moulting again & Bezukhov has lost another tail feather & a couple of wing feathers.  Maybe his immune system is compromised because of the moult.

I sent an email to Ms Exotic Hospital Vet (EHV) for advice.  She suggested that we should test his droppings so I collected a few poops each day, for three days.  The samples were given to the vet yesterday, so we now await the results.

 

More medication (continued)

Following on from my previous post (More medication), administering of medication continues:

  • Day 4 of medication (Saturday)

AM: Caught Bezukhov in the Manor.  Most medication given but a drop was below his beak & I think I managed to scoop it up & put it in.  Afterwards, I normally, get Cagney back in the manor so we can start the morning from scratch again, but this time Bezukhov wanted to stay out with Cagney.  9.7/10
PM: Attempted to catch Bezukhov in the Manor.  He managed to slip through my fingers about five times.  Then he continued to give me the runaround around the room.  In the end, I gave up.  The good thing was that he was clearly on good form & was not even out of breath with all the coming & going.  -1/10

  • Day 5 of medication (Sunday)

AM: Caught Bezukhov in the Manor.  Full medication successfully given. 10/10
PM: Finally managed to catch Bezukhov after he kept slipping through my fingers.  Suspect he only got a tiny, tiny bit of medication, due to all the wriggling.  1/10

  • Day 6 of medication (Monday)

AM: Caught Bezukhov in the Manor.  Most of the medication given.  8/10
PM: Another runaround session.  He had some medication though I did notice a big blob on his head.  4/10

  • Day 7 of medication (Tuesday)

AM: Caught Bezukhov in the Manor. This time I suspect there was an air bubble in the medication so when I pressed on the dropper there was a spray of medication.  I hope it is good for feathers…. 6/10
PM: Bezukhov was successful in his bid not to be caught.  0/10

Today, we also had a follow up vet visit.   Read more of this post

Worrying weekend

Worrying weekend” is an understatement.

On Friday morning I uncovered the Puddings & Toyboys & found Raspy attempting to push an egg out.  (Egg No.1 arrived on Monday). She would push then rest, push then rest, almost like she was having contractions.  I was not too concerned at that point although I did recall Atilla popping out a couple of her eggs with relative ease back in January.  I put Raspy into the Ferplast so she could lay the egg without distractions from the toyboys.

After about half an hour Raspy was still pushing & I could see an egg shape. Things did not seem right to me.  I now put her in the travel cage.  I rang the vets for advice & was told he would ring back when he was free.  After about half an hour she stopped pushing but there was still no sign of the egg.  I rang the vets & Mr Exotic Vet answered.  He suggested I give her another one & a half hours & to ring again.  That would bring us to midday.

At midday, the situation was the same.  Raspy had stopped pushing but I was convinced the egg was still there.  How long is it supposed to take to pass an egg??  For the third time I rang the vets, & was told to bring her in as soon as possible.

As she was already in the travel cage, I quickly bundled her up & took her out to the car for the short trip to the vets.

On arrival, we were seen virtually immediately.  As Mr Vet put his hand in the cage, Raspy made her feelings very clear, very loudly.  She did her usual wriggling act but Mr Vet coped well & examined her.

He said she looked in good conditions & was not showing any signs of distress. The egg was quite high up. She was not egg-bound. He was going to give her a hormone injection but did not think she needed it. Her vent area was inflamed. It is possible the egg will be absorbed by her body. He reckoned that she would either lay the egg, or it would be absorbed, within a day.  I was to contact him if she becomes distressed – excessive tail bobbing, droopy wings, not perching etc. 

I told him I had planned to get a nest box as the previous few days she had been going mad trying to find somewhere to nest.  Mr Vet encouraged me to do this.

So, consultation over & we made our way out.  Raspy did indeed seem relatively okay & was preening in the car on the way home.

In the travel cage prior to vet visit

In all that time she had not eaten anything but Bezukhov was feeding her so I knew she was not hungry.  I dipped spinach leaves in the water with calcivet & she drank from those several times.  She had not pooped.

In the evening, she started pushing again for about half an hour but then gave up.

That night both Raspy & Bezukhov slept in the Ferplast.  I checked on Raspy at intervals through the night.  She sat in the same place & seemed ok, no excessive tail bobbing or anything.  On the Saturday morning she was bright eyed, jumping around & even wanted to come out the cage & have a fly but in-between those times, she was dozing all fluffed up, like she really needed the rest.

She had managed to poop a few times that morning, so at least something was getting through. Her vent area was not right & was still red & inflamed looking.

Poor girl. I spent the whole day watching her & taking the cue from her as to what she wanted to do, come out for a fly or whatever. I made sure that only Bezukhov was out when she was out as Cagney can stress her sometimes.

Saturday evening, I decided to attach the nest box to the Ferplast.  Raspy ignored it – I do not think she was in the mood to explore.  However, beady-eyed Atilla spied it but that is another post!

Sunday was much the same as Saturday but Raspy was more of her old self.  She was still having extended resting times but also managed to fly around a bit.  I let all Puddings & Toyboys out together & Cagney (surprisingly) behaved himself!

In the evening Raspy even managed to eat some seed.

I can only assume the troublesome egg has been absorbed.  However, is there another egg to come???

Looking brighter

The Unexpected Egg

Today I found an egg on the Manor floor!  What a surprise!

I did a double-take & thought, how did that clove of garlic get in there?  On closer inspection, it was revealed to be a little egg.  It was under the swing Raspy had been sitting on.  There is a very, very small possibility it was Atilla’s egg & had rolled over from where Atilla perches, but my educated guess is that Raspy is the culprit.

Even though the shell of the egg was thin, it was unbroken.  I had to see what was inside though, so broke it open to find a tiny bit of yolk.

Fortunately they have just had a few days with Calcivet in the water.  I planned to switch back to milk thistle today, but will continue with the Calcivet for a little longer.

Raspy is fine.  She has been quite lively the last few days, flying back & forth to the window perch.  Like her sister, she has also been searching high & low for a suitable nest.  I must check my sleeves for eggs…..

An egg!

What a sight greeted me this morning! Overnight Atilla had pushed out an egg! I have suspected for a little while that something like this was coming. It seems enormous to me! So much for fireworks…. I think she made her own last night. I bet that made quite a clunk & no doubt woke the other 3 up.

Atilla is fine – her usual self. Needless to say I am carrying on with the calcivet in the water.

Here are some photos. If you don’t like gloopy masses then look away now!