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Old 01-02-2019, 12:59 AM
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Re: Pray for James

What an incredible story of redemption and resilience. Sille, you are an amazing parront and James is so fortunate to have you at his side. Hopefully he will continue to improve and have no lasting ill effects from his ordeal.
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Re: Pray for James

I hope everyone is doing better today.

Good luck getting in touch with your CAV-- it is anything like the human-doctors they will be really, really busy today and tomorrow (dealing with everything that had to wait but can't really wait).
Keeping fingers crossed.
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Old 01-02-2019, 02:11 PM
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Re: Pray for James

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WOW that is an amazing story of revival! I know what its like to have the bird tense up, as it dies... it's very disturbing and sad, and most of the time means your bird is gone, but you didn't let that happen! Kudos! Can we have a lesson?

Also, what is... "carbo vitalis"
I basically use my training from human revival, but as he tensed up, I just started yelling his name, pulled at his legs to try to stop the body from going into that position. I have no idea if that helped or not I just didn't want him to die. I shuck him and blew air into him with my mouth covering his entire beak and nares and compressed his chest. Looking back I felt like an octopus doing 100 things at once. The only thing I was thinking was I could do nothing wrong. If I did nothing he would surely die and as he stopped breathing, I guess he DID die.

Sorry it's called Carbo Vegetabilis. I probably thought it was called vitalis as it has been a life safer more than once. It was recommended to me by an American cockatiel breeder. As I have had rosellas for many years you will find a lifeless chick in a nest box. The parents might abandon it for a number of reasons and many people say "that's nature- let it take it's course" but as long as there is life, there is hope. I haven't been able to safe every abandoned chick, but I seem to be getting better. I actually don't know what it really does, but I was told it kick starts the digestive system, so I keep using it.

I don't know if I was just lucky or I did everything just right. All I know is I did everything I could think of as fast as I could.

A lot of it is trial and error as with the cramps the following night. I did however know, that any cramp would add to the lactic acid he was already struggling to get rid of, so I tried different things to stop the cramps and found out that keeping him under the blanket stopped the cramps. If that would be the solution for another bird or another time, I have no idea.

And everything that was just right for James, might be really wrong with another bird. On the other hand, if the bird has come to the point, where the bird is not breathing and is going into a death cramp, the only thing you can do wrong is to do nothing.
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Re: Pray for James

Inspired advice, something to remember in a most unfortunate situation.
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