Following on from my last post on Dalai’s health, he finished the 10 day course of antibiotics (3rd-12th November). During that time I monitored his droppings & they gradually improved. He continued to be unsociable, preferring to be in his cage on his own. He had moments when he wanted to come out but was only out briefly & mostly wanted to just stretch his wings.
He carried on with his moult, losing a tail feather & further wing feathers. He had lots of pin feathers on his head. I felt that he wanted a bath but did not want to bother coming out to have one, so a few times I held up a sprig of wet basil & he had an awkward bathe in the wet leaves, as he was trying to do it whilst balancing on his swing!
He had a set-back on the morning of November 16th when his poops were just white splats with no dark bits. However, by the afternoon they recovered.
The vet provided AviPro Plus, a probiotic to support their gut. I put this in Dalai’s & Perry & Lennie’s water from the 20th-30th November. Dalai’s droppings improved & as a bonus, Lennie’s did too (they have always been a bit… not right!)
Dalai ready for F10 nebulising
On the 23rd November, after a further consultation with the vet, she confirmed that videos I sent showed Dalai was definitely tail bobbing (there was slight evidence of this earlier). We decided to give them all medicine for chlamydia (I refused any invasive tests & also did not bother with the fecal test as a negative result does not necessarily mean they do not have chlamydia). Whilst awaiting the medicine (it needed to be ordered), the vet suggested I nebulise Dalai a couple of times a day with F10 SC disinfectant to help with any respiratory problems.
The first ‘steaming’ session was on Friday 23rd November at 2pm. Dalai was difficult to catch in the Silver Villa & when I did grab him he screeched & screamed! He never did that when the vet grabbed him! He was not best pleased when he found himself in the travel cage, under a cover, with a bowl of hot water. (To be clear, the water was outside the cage). I did this again on the following occasions:
- 24th November – 10:30
- 25th November – 10:30, 17:00
- 26th November – 10:30, 17:30
- 27th November – 10:00, 17:30
- 28th November – 10:30
- 29th November – 10:15
Each time Dalai screeched & screamed when I grabbed him. After the last two ‘steamings’, he seemed a bit brighter & livelier. After his steaming on the 28th, he stayed out for a bit & even gave Perry’s head a little preen.
The medicine for chlamydiosis (Ornicure) arrived yesterday, & treatment has commenced.
In the meantime, here is a slideshow for the poop aficionados amongst us.
And some prettier photos: