10 October 2019
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Perry not feeling well
Last Sunday (6th October), Perry seemed a bit quiet & not his usual self. The next morning he was no better, in fact he was worse. He was very quiet with not a peep out of him, not even when Dalai called to him (before I unlocked their cages). He sat in the same spot for some time, sleeping although not fluffed up. He did not go down to his seed pots either.
I let Lennie out so he & Dalai could play & Perry could continue to rest. Millet was gratefully received by Perry & he was able to eat quite a bit without having to fight Lennie for it. When he jumped to another perch he seemed to stumble a bit so I wondered if perhaps his lump was starting to impact on his leg. With these concerns, I rang the vet & booked an appointment for the following morning (Tuesday 8th October).
By about midday, Perry decided he wanted a change of scenery & wanted to come out. For the rest of the day he sat in with Dalai & Lennie, still very quiet. When the others were otherwise engaged, I would slip Perry some millet.
Although Perry had improved by the next morning (eating by himself & more vocal), I kept the vet appointment. The vet examined him & noticed bruising on his upper left leg, opposite to the lump. We assume this is why he was off-colour & also why he had improved. His lump is still growing & is currently growing outwards & downwards. The vet thinks it will affect his leg at some point & start causing mobility problems. Whilst he is coping fine now, I will gradually start to adapt his cage & hopefully they will accept the changes without any fuss!
7 February 2015
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You may remember that just before Christmas Cagney hurt his leg. To help him recover I temporarily put him & Bezukhov into the folding cage as there would not be so far to fall if he lost his footing.
Naturally, those Toyboys had other ideas. They did NOT want to be in that cage & wanted their Manor back. Tout suite!
How did they indicate that? Panic. They are good at showing different levels of panic when things are not as they should be. Here they are involuntarily doing the Do-si-do on the platform perch:
Yes, the Manor was returned to them the very next day!
And yes, this is a good example of a bird hiding its injury as you barely notice a limp with Cagney’s need to get the steps right!
21 April 2012
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It has been two weeks since Cagney bruised his right leg. The exotic vet visit was brought forward a day which suited us better. Cagney was still not using his right leg although he was now stretching it out behind him when stretching his wing out which he was not doing before.
The added problem now was the pressure sore on his left foot as a result of not being able to rest it due to the gammy right leg. This was getting him down somewhat. When resting, he would hold his right foot up but slump to the left in a way that I assume he could take pressure off the left foot sore. He looked rather sorry for himself. He did not seem to be feeding Atilla as often but would go to her regularly for head preens, like he needed some extra comfort & tender loving care. Atilla, even though still weak, would always give him a thorough head preen, complete with pulling out feathers that Cagney would want to check before she flung away.
After a bit of a chase, Mr EV was able to examine Cagney & confirmed he had a superficial pressure sore. He said to give him antibiotics for the next five days to prevent infection. He agreed that he was slowly regaining use of his right leg.
Mr EV also checked out Atilla & said she was looking better than when he last saw her. That day was indeed an “up” day for her, where she was accepting seed from me & actually three times that day went down to get seed herself. 🙂 Mr EV advised that on her “down” days to give her some painkiller/anti-inflammatory medication.