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Old 05-12-2013, 12:28 PM
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It's GREAT to hear that Fregley is doing so well today. I LOVE the name, by the way.

I know both my big macs will get into anything and everything, and I often can't believe WHAT they managed to open/disassemble. You know the quicklinks you can use to hang toys with? I have to actually use pliers to tighten them, as hand tightening only results in falling toys. And I'm frantic when I see one of them half or fully open as their beaks can get caught.

Ripley, my GW, also bends stainless rings that I use at the end of toys.

I will have my fingers AND toes crossed for you that you can SOON figure out what triggers Fregley's episodes, Karen.
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Re: Greenwing Panting

Quote: Originally Posted by JerseyWendy View Post
It's GREAT to hear that Fregley is doing so well today. I LOVE the name, by the way.

I know both my big macs will get into anything and everything, and I often can't believe WHAT they managed to open/disassemble. You know the quicklinks you can use to hang toys with? I have to actually use pliers to tighten them, as hand tightening only results in falling toys. And I'm frantic when I see one of them half or fully open as their beaks can get caught.

Ripley, my GW, also bends stainless rings that I use at the end of toys.

I will have my fingers AND toes crossed for you that you can SOON figure out what triggers Fregley's episodes, Karen.

They're SOOOO persistant when they want something aren't they!! Haha, Freg makes me laugh with his cheekiness.
I have to use pliers on quicklinks too although his cage bars are full of empty quicklinks as he usually just snips through the rope or chain on the toy lol.
He still has a teddy that I gave him when he was only 6 weeks old, he loves it so much and never destroys it - I'll upload a picture soon, it's so cute when he's sitting on his perch with it

We were trying to think of an unusual name for him, when we found our breeder it took his hen over a year to lay eggs so we had a while to think of a name lol. Thought of all kinds but we were watching the movie "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" and were inspired by one of the characters - such an unusual name and quite silly - he really suits his name lol!

Thank you, got all my digits crossed too, going to ring my vet again today and have another chat with him.
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Re: Greenwing Panting

I know this is a very old thread but I just stumbled upon it. If you are still active on here Karen I would be very interested to know how Fregley is doing?..... I too have a Green Wing who had an episode exactly the same as you have described.
It scared me to death, I could hear his breathing from outside the room and thought it was the dog snoring....It lasted about 20 mins and he was absolutely exhausted afterwards, yet an hour later he was completely normal.
My vet could find nothing wrong with him and I put it down to emptying the very last remnants of his parrot mix sack into his feeder. This had a few dusty crumbs at the bottom but as his 2nd bowl was the new contents of an opened bag I didn't think this would matter as I discard any left over food daily. I can only put it down to a dust allergy, maybe it's something Green wings are susceptible to and would be interested to hear if anyone else has had the same reaction.
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Re: Greenwing Panting

Hi, @Karen. It sounds like Fregley has a great human. :]


You started by saying the breathing incident happened after Fregley ate. I would pay close attention to the timing of eating and the onset of the panting, to help determine the cause as food versus environment. However, his food dish is not food, and could be part of the environment. I recommend using safe soap, and still rinsing well.


I use this for hand washing dishes:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B072M6MQK8/


As for Fregley's food staying the same, consider that the supplier of his food could have changed sources. So, to you it's the same source, but it is actually from a new source.


Lastly, if you could measure his heart rate, while he eats, that would be really helpful. I suspect that sounds crazy, but for people, pinpointing food allergies can be easier using a heart-rate monitor while they eat. The human gut is also part of our immune system. If a food triggers "fight-or-flight" to a mild degree, a heart-rate monitor can detect it. Maybe just watch his breathing (chest expansion and contraction) while he eats.
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