Puddings & Toyboys

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Dodgy foot

Cagney has injured his foot again. 

I noticed, as he has been holding it up quite a bit.  It is not as bad as the last time as he does not appear to be limping, at least his limp is very, very slight.  Unfortunately, like last time, he has developed a pressure sore on his good foot from having to rest his dodgy foot more.

Shortly after I took the photo below of his sore, I managed to discreetly dab a bit of savlon on via a cotton bud, through the landing platform, whilst he was distracted by the tasty cucumber.  I am not sure it will have done much good as he then toddled off & the cream was then smeared over the perches…

Holding up dodgy left foot

Pressure sore on good (right) foot

Today he has been holding his dodgy foot up but curled up & tucked into his feathers so I am hoping it is already on the mend.

A very strong-willed girl

Since I last reported on Atilla’s “step back“, there has been little change in her health. 😦

She sleeps for most of the day.  She still is not drinking (therefore not getting any medication).  She hardly eats.  She has lost a lot of weight.  Throughout the day I offer various food to her – sometimes she eats, but most of the time she does not.

Cagney feeding Atilla

Cagney still feeds her, though it is debatable how much food she actually gets.

The electric blanket is permanently over the Manor making sure she is warm.

Boys staying close to their leader

We have a poop-clearing session every morning & evening as her poops get caught on her lump.  Despite being weak, she can still wriggle for England & each time manages to plant her beak into my finger, much like a mountaineer hurling an ice pick into the side of a cliff to get a firm hold & in Atilla’s case, a way to lever her way out of my grasp.

[Despite not eating much, she often nibbles on the iodine block & I am now convinced she is sharpening her beak for the poop-clearing sessions.]

Once poop has been cleared from the hernia, if possible, during the morning session, I smear some Savlon on the lower part of the lump & aloe vera mixed with vaseline on the top part.  For the following couple of hours, her poops fall past the lump but then start getting caught up again, hence an evening poop-clearing session.

Atilla earlier today

This evening she is quite restless.  Twice I noticed she went down for seed herself (she ignores the seed pots I put in the top level to save her the climb down).  At bedtime, she made her way to the top perch as per usual, but since then there has been some faffing around.  I keep hearing movement & going to investigate.  At  10pm she made her way down to the seed pot again, in the darkness (the cover was on by this time).  Then she decided she wanted to sleep on the swing (despite Cagney being sat on it).  At the next noise, I found her on the perch at the bottom of the manor…  helped her back up.  They seemed to settle but at the next sound I found her on the swing again…  At the last check, she was on the top perch & both boys tucked out of the way on top of the back swing…

I hope she has a restful night.  I will be checking on her as always.

Orange patch

A few days ago, I noticed a strange orange-coloured patch on Atilla’s lump.  It did not look right so I dropped an email to Mr Avian Vet, with a photo, asking if it was something I should be concerned about.  Here was his response:

This is a localised area of infection – possibly because she has scratched or rubbed the surface. Initially I would treat it with some antiseptic cream such as Savlon, E45 or similar.

So, not only does she have a horrible hernia/lump, there is now an area of infection on it. 😦  I already had a tube of Savlon so I have been applying this twice a day.  It has been a relatively easy task as Atilla still likes going inside the tea towel at the back of the chair & her lump is very conveniently positioned for me to gently smear some cream on.  So far, the orange patch seems contained.  Atilla is still fine in herself & does not appear troubled by the infection.

All of a quiver

Atilla has another irritating feather stump.  This time I caught her on film, desperately trying to do something with it, yet at the same time, not wanting to touch it!

She looked so uncomfortable I thought I would attempt to put some savlon on her belly.  When she was on my arm it was quite easy for me to get my hand around her but she was so fidgety that I could not hold her for long, especially as I had the savlon in my other hand.  (Plus the 2 boys were on my hand trying to get to her!)  I managed to smear a little on her belly.  I hope it helped her.  She seemed to leave it alone after that, but maybe it was just because of the distraction rather than the cream itself doing any good.