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!
Atilla has been unwell for a couple of days. On Sunday & Monday she was very quiet & did not come out of the Manor. Her poops were getting caught on her lump. They seemed to be dribbling out. She had either lost the energy to propel them out away from her lump and/or they were not solid enough. Several times, I had to grab her & remove the poop buildup.
Fortunately she was still eating. I started giving her antibiotics in case she had some kind of infection.
This morning when I uncovered them, she stretched her wings & chirped. This was a very good sign. There was no overnight poop caught on her lump. Another very good sign. During the day she perked up enough to check on the mirror under the manor & even visited the poang chair a few times.
The toyboys have been fussing around her, not leaving her alone for a moment. In fact, I believe that was her main motivation for going to the chair… so she could hide under the tea towel from them for a little peace!
Here are the boys keeping an eye on her:
Give them LOADS of wild grass!
Atilla is often the exception – as you can tell in this video – as she is making quite a bit of noise bashing the camera…
But even Atilla is quiet here, busy eating along with Cagney & Bezukhov…