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8 June 2022Posted by on
Lennie had quite a heavy moult this May.
Fortunately, I noticed quickly that he was not bothering to go down to his seed pots so held seed up to him. He was still eating but was just too lethargic to go & get the seed himself. Once he knew I would give him seed, he would indicate he wanted some by bending down & looking out the main door. We did this for about two weeks.
When I was out I left millet in the cage & the wild grass helped enormously. He was looking very tatty during this time & towards the end lots of pin feathers came through on his head.
When he started going to get his own seed it was a good indication that things were returning to normal. I think the early seed intervention helped him power through the moult.
5 September 2021Posted by on
We have had some drama here, courtesy of Lennie.
On Friday 20th August, I noticed Lennie was not eating the evening millet. Normally they have red millet but I was unable to buy any online so got some nice, fresh-looking ‘normal’ millet from a local pet shop. I wondered if Lennie just did not like the change in colour, however when I offered a bobble of red millet (leftover bits in the bag) he refused it. I thought that as he was moulting he was probably just ‘under the weather’.
As the weekend progressed, his poops turned a deep green, with a bluish tinge. This can indicate lack of food. I was offering all sorts of food but he just was not eating anything, in fact he was physically moving away. Either that, or he was so sleepy he did not even notice me waving a basil leaf, piece of celery or broccoli in front of him. Occasionally he would go to the seed pot & rummage around but he was not eating, he would just pick up a seed & drop it. I got an appointment with the vet on the Monday afternoon (23rd).
This was a trip to the clinic, so Lennie had to endure the travel cage & a taxi ride which fortunately was pretty quick at around 30 mins, but we had to allow extra time in case of traffic. (It would have been an arduous trip on public transport via three buses).
When we arrived, I said to the vet, who knows us well (!), “I think he has a touch of the Bezukhov’s“, in reference to dear Bezukhov’s Extreme Moult Experience when he was moulting & also not eating. The vet took Lennie into the consulting room for examination (I was not allowed in). His weight was 53g, which, on the face of it, is actually not too terrible, but it was an astonishing 20g weight loss from his last weigh-in. He has a fatty lump covering his front but the vet could feel his keel bone behind it & could tell he had lost considerable weight. His temperature was normal & his heart sounded fine. Read more of this post
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31 March 2020Posted by on
Perry & Lennie have been choosing to stay in their cage. This may be because they have been moulting (again!) which can make them a little lethargic. Or it could be because they both have problems flying. But I think the main reason is that their primary purpose for coming out was to see Dalai & now I imagine they ask themselves, why bother if he is not around?
I have been lenient on this front as I miss Dalai too.
However, with their moulting and constant preening, I felt they were missing out on having a bath. The Thomas Bath is situated on the far side of Dalai’s cage. Whilst they might occasionally pop into Dalai’s cage to avoid the cleaner (me) for a few minutes, they are nowhere near venturing on top of the cage. Anyway, I thought I would bring the bath to them & perhaps hold it up near their door.
When I showed them the bath, Lennie looked particularly excited. He was normally the one having lots of baths, whereas Perry was happy with one in a blue moon. Because of Lennie’s look of interest, I decided to rig the bath up on their main door so that when it closed the bath would be between two perches. This done, I was pleased to see they were not startled to see an indoor bath but, in fact, were rather pleased.
I took the videos below. Unfortunately the cage bars are in the way, but you can get an idea of how it unfolded. Surprisingly, Perry was the first to jump in so I guess his blue moon was long overdue.
10 March 2020Posted by on
As previously posted, we lost our dear Dalai on the morning of Wednesday, February 26th.
I have mentioned before that Dalai had been moulting. He had the usual moult in October time & recovered well from that. His next moult was over Christmas which was unexpected. This was followed by another one in February, also unexpected. It is thought these successive moults may have weakened his system in some way.
Each time, he was a bit grumpy but that was normal behaviour for him. When he seemed particularly fed up (not bothering to come out when I unlocked him in the mornings) I would feed him a bobble of millet or six.
On Friday 21st, I he spent a large part of the day in Perry & Lennie’s cage, returning to his own quite late. I recall thinking that the expression in his eyes did not look quite right, he looked tired. The following day he barely ate. On reflection, he must have reduced his food intake in the week prior, but this was difficult to gauge given they share all the seed pots. His daytime sleeping was interspersed with manic moments of activity (walking upside down across the ceiling of his cage). I worried that he would not survive the night & kept checking at intervals.
Leading up to this, his poops were fewer, but bigger, but I was not overly concerned as this change had happened during his previous moults so I assumed the change was temporary.
Because it was the weekend, our usual vet was not available so I spent a frantic time trying to find an exotic vet working the weekend. We ended up going to the Veterinary Hospital on the Sunday to see a vet with an ‘interest in birds’. I knew Dalai would have lost weight & because, by now, he was not eating at all, I wanted access to a feeding formula. On Sunday, the hospital has a process similar to A&E triage, which meant Dalai may be in the waiting room for hours. I said I did not want this as it would be stressful for him. They would not release any feeding formula to me without a consultation but agreed to let us wait in a private room to reduce stress. As it happens, we were seen as soon as we arrived.
As expected, Dalai had lost weight & on her scales weighed 35g. The vet said he was dehydrated & to orally administer Critical Care, dissolved in water, for a few days before considering a feeding formula. It was an expensive visit for what seemed like little support & care. Read more of this post
20 February 2020Posted by on
Today is ‘Love Your Pet Day’. Of course every day is ‘Love Your Pet Day’.
My three feathery companions are all well. They are moulting again (how is that possible?!) Dalai has been extra grumpy because of that. Perry is in good spirits despite his ever-growing lump. Lennie is coping with his difficulty in flying by eating, but he has not thought that strategy through!
There is no discrimination on “Love Your Pet Day” as I also think of those long gone: our dear Raspy, her sister Atilla, handsome Thomas, incorrigible Phineas, cheeky Cagney & lastly, dear Bezukhov. Today has been so rainy & Bezukhov loved to watch the rain…
19 November 2019Posted by on
As you know, from my earlier post (click here: Three near-flightless birds), we are having a pretty bad moult season. Since that post, Lennie has lost more flight feathers resulting in one wing being, well…. not much use as a wing.
It has not stopped him from feeding Dalai:
To add to that, Dalai decided to grow his beak…
…that the vet trimmed down yesterday. She also investigated a strange thing beside his beak that I had noticed a few weeks ago. At first I thought it was a stuck seed, then I wondered if it was a strange feather. The vet confirmed it was fleshy & attached to him, similar to a skin tag. She whipped it off pretty smartly. Hopefully, whatever it was, it will not grow back.
13 June 2019Posted by on
When I mentioned to the vet that the birds were moulting again, she said they were clearly ‘seasonally confused‘. What a good & descriptive phrase! It may well apply to humans too, particularly in the UK, with our extremely changeable weather!
Here, we have had a series of mini-moults. It is never long before there is another flurry of feathers. Right now though, they are going through a ‘proper’ moult, with tails lost, wing feathers lost & pinny heads. Not to mention a bit of grumpiness.
However, despite looking like he has been pulled through a hedge backwards, Lennie is the one who tends to stay upbeat through it all, possibly irritating both Dalai & Perry more than he usually does!
4 November 2018Posted by on
The last two Fridays, the vet has visited.
Dalai has not been himself, so on Friday 26th October, I called the vet in.
After the obligatory chase around the Silver Villa, the vet examined Dalai. He was very keen to bite her & also attempted to bite her stethoscope. Nevertheless, she managed to ascertain that his heart rate was fine & his temperature was also fine. He weighed a healthy 45g.
A few days previously, I had noticed some strange dark marks on his toenails, which I pointed out to her. She noticed a red mark on the bottom of his beak, the part underneath that the top hooked part covers. She seemed to think the two things might be related. She asked if he had been in a fight but I said Perry or Lennie would not dare to upset him. The marks on his toenails looked like bruising to her. At best, the bruising would disappear within a couple of weeks & all will be well. (Afterwards, I recalled that about a week previously, he had gone into the wall & landed on the floor, possibly due to a feather working its way loose).
Since that visit, he started moulting his little feathers & has been extra grumpy & also sleepy.
On the Wednesday morning (31st), I noticed some deposits of vomit. Dalai was particularly under the weather & sleepy this day. I kept him locked in by himself for most of the day & at intervals offered him millet, seed & baby corn, of which he appeared to enjoy the corn most. His poops were rather sludgy & not to his normal standard.
There was little change over the next two days. There was one moment on the Thursday evening when he was heaving & vomited but only one or two seeds came out. The next day, Friday 2nd November, I called the vet out again. She came in the afternoon, but that morning, I found that Dalai really fancied broccoli, so I held it up to him several times & he ate quite a lot. He also came out a couple of times & unusually, went into Perry & Lennie’s cage, where he ate some of their seed. He was back in his own home by the time the vet arrived.
Dalai was active enough to fly out the cage whilst the vet was trying to catch him. Unfortunately (for him) he landed back on the side of the cage near me, so I managed to catch him. His temperature was higher than the previous Friday but still in the normal range. He had lost some weight, probably about 2 grams. His poops were awful & he appeared to have a slight tail bob. The vet prescribed antibiotics (Enrobactin) in the water for the next 10 days. She also wondered if he has chlamydia. The trauma from when he got his bruising may have triggered it. Poop needs to be collected over the next 7-10 days for a test, if I choose to go ahead with it.
In the meantime, I continue to monitor Dalai.