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Old 11-13-2020, 11:47 PM
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Re: Might Be Adopting an Older Amazon

Hey guys, I haven't been on in a while. My ovary's been hurting like crazy, so I haven't really gotten much done for almost two weeks now. I'm pretty sure it's endometriosis, and I'm gonna be seeing the doc on Monday about it. Man, it hurts so much.

Birdie's health is definitely going downhill due to her heart problems, so I've been making an effort to have her out with me for at least an hour everyday, but since she has AGY, I have to sit with her in a designated area and disinfect everything afterwards, throw my clothes in the hamper, and thoroughly bathe so I don't accidentally spread it to Jasper. Anyways, Birdie's still very cheerful and playful, so that's good. Once her breathing gets worse I'll have to take her in to be euthanized. Unfortunately I think I might have to have her euthanized as soon as Monday. I just unclogged one of her nostrils with a toothpick, so hopefully she'll start breathing a bit better.

I've been treating Birdie along with the rest of the littles with 500mg/L of sodium benzoate in their water for their AGY. I think the littles might be getting a bit more energetic since starting treatment. I was sitting with her a few hours ago and my dog with dementia broke into the room. Man, he's been a real pain as well. The boy's deaf, losing his sight, has congestive heart disease, kidney disease, muscle deterioration, mild dementia, and he's been refusing to eat the special food we have to give him for his kidney disease, so I've been having to force feed him. Well, force feeding might not be the correct term. More like, forcibly restraining his head while I shove food in his mouth until he decides to eat it on his own. He's still a happy boy and isn't suffering or anything like that, so hopefully he's going to keep being a pain in the butt for the foreseeable future. He's real annoying though since he starts throwing tantrums, demanding to be fed treats.

Anyways, Jasper's been doing quite well. I think the callouses on her feet are getting slightly better. She's definitely more vocal now. I'm a bit upset with her because she's chose Dad as her favourite. I spend hours a day with her, yet she's madly in love with my dad. She comes running over to the side of the cage when my dad comes in the room, making all sorts of cutesy vocalizations. And the most disgusting part is that she's started asking him to pet her head, then starts making the same squealing sounds Noah used to make when he would sleep on my shoulder and nibble on my ear. I get it Jasper, you wanna make eggs with him, but at least pretend to like me. Right, I'm gonna share photos of her at some point, but I still need to setup an Imgur account >_>

I'm re-clicker training her since it turns out she didn't fully grasp the concept the first time around. I wonder if the clicker might not be loud enough for her. I might just get a training whistle for her since I will be teaching her to fly outside (on a harness) at some point. I'm having a hard time though since I can only find those useless ultrasonic dog whistles. Those, and those horrible whistles that coaches use. I just want one of those metal whistle that you use to train exotic animals.

As for vitamin A deficiency potentially causing blocked nostrils, I've read about it online before and saw it on an episode of Dr. K. I'm sure it could've been caused by semsothing else. It was almost like a thin film was covering her nostrils.
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Old 11-15-2020, 09:29 PM
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Re: Might Be Adopting an Older Amazon

Another quick update. Lara can't gain lift properly again (once or twice a year she quits being able to fly well), so she's been hanging out on the floor in the aviary with access to food and water. She's a bit upset that she can't go on the branches with everyone else, but beyond that she's fine. She's always been aerodynamically challenged (she's part English budgie, chubby, and has wings that seem too short for her body), so when you take into account that everyone is molting right now, it makes sense she can't fly properly right now. Usually she can fly up again after a month or so.

Jasper actually wanted attention from me today (shocking, I know), so I fed her almost her entire lunch by hand (fresh squash and melon seeds, sprouted grains, sprouted pulses, pomegranate, apple, and some chopped up veggies she refused to eat since she's a fussy toddler). Later I sang to her, and it turns out she LOVES Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. She was vocalizing along with me, bopping her head a bit, and I sang it so many times my throat hurts. For supper, she had white rice (I know it isn't particularly nutritious, but I want to teach her to eat brown and wild rice, but she won't eat that stuff), sprouts, a bit of banana, and beets. Oh, and she did some target training with my cousin last night.

Oh, and good news about Birdie! Her breathing has improved quite a bit (it's still bad, but it is definitely better than it's been the last few days). When she's nice and calm, you can't even see her breathing! Her clicking was pretty bad too the past while, but now you can only hear it when you put your ear up to her mouth (it's the sound her tongue makes when she's panting, since her lungs don't crackle). She's also getting spunkier. She's started biting me again, too (she likes beating me up for the fun of it). The size of tumour on her chest has gone right down as well, so maybe it's thanks to the combined effects of the dandelion root extract (for her tumour), milk thistle seed extract (for her liver disease), and sodium benzoate (for her AGY) that she's improving. She's been on the sodium benzoate for almost a week now, and I've upped her dose of dandelion root extract in a last ditch effort to alleviate some of her symptoms.
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Old 11-21-2020, 06:15 PM
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Re: Might Be Adopting an Older Amazon

Jasper is such a pain in the butt! The only veggies she'll eat are peas, corn, and beets. So, I decided to make her fried rice tonight to try to get her to eat some veggies. I chopped carrot, celery, sweet potato, butternut squash, broccoli, snap pea, nappa, and beet leaf in the food processor until they almost turned into a paste, then I fried them in some olive oil with egg, leftover white rice, and black pepper, cayenne, and a very tiny pinch of garlic powder. Those are all veggies she hates. I let it cool a bit before scooping a little into one of her dishes. Anyways, she absolutely loves it. She spits out the bits that have slightly bigger chunks of veggies, but she's actually swallowing some of the veggie paste that I mixed in with the egg and rice. I have enough for at least a few more meals.

After she finishes the fried rice I'm gonna make her some veggie-tofu nuggets. I'll be throwing a bunch of veggies in the food processor along with fresh tofu and bird-safe spices, mix whole peas and corn kernels in, freeze them into small patties, then dip them in egg and coat them in oat flour before baking them. She loves high protein foods, so she should enjoy them. I'll serve them alongside sprouts and fruits. I'll slowly start making them out of veggies that are chopped more and more coarsely, then hopefully I'll eventually be able to get her to eat chunks of veggies without having to hide them in protein rich dishes.
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Old 11-21-2020, 10:37 PM
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Re: Might Be Adopting an Older Amazon

Just for info, my YSA loves cooked sweet potatos cut into chunks, and hot hot peppers, the hottest I can find, either whole, chunked or processed along with his chop.

Any pics of Jasper?
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Old 11-22-2020, 12:04 AM
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Re: Might Be Adopting an Older Amazon

Thanks for the suggestions, Wrench. Here's some photos:



















Those are some older photos. I'll have to take some new ones and post them.

Oh! I didn't tell you guys about my appointment. The doctor approved my plan to continuously take my hormone pills (they're for my acne, but now that I likely have endometriosis it's being used to help treat that as well) without any breaks, and she booked an appointment with a specialist to confirm the diagnosis. They're probably gonna have to cut me open and surgically remove all the endometrial tissue from where it shouldn't be. If they need to remove my uterus, by all means remove it. I absolutely hate pain, but seeing as surgery is likely the only way to get the pain under control, I'm more than willing to go under.
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Old 11-22-2020, 08:04 AM
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Re: Might Be Adopting an Older Amazon

Thanks so much for the pics, Jasper is classic YSA, pretty young too.. They loose the white at the area adjacent to their nares, and the inner thighs get yellower, as they mature. But she has the up turned beak, making her look like she is smiling, same as my Salty.

I hope all goes well with your treatment and surgery. I've had so many procedures they dont even bother me any more.
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Re: Might Be Adopting an Older Amazon

I have endometriosis, and the pain was debilitating. So I feel for you, its a pretty big deal. I ended up getting everything taken out, but wished I would gave tried to save one ovary ....but I'm pain free now.

You baby is very beautiful!!! Looks like over preening and some barber. I see you have some preen toys, but I'd increase them. Those shredders rolls are great, yuccs chips, and increase foraging. You definitely want to through a lot of beak busy work at him to prevent it from evolving to plucking..

Good luck with everything with you too
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Jasper is gorgeous! I’m very excited to read more about your story together! I hope your procedure goes well. Best wishes to the both of you I feel your pain with the pickiness Mr. Grinch really likes carrots and apples, but not much else yet. He has taken some chunks of homegrown jalapeños though. I may have to steal your recipe
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