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Old 05-08-2018, 11:16 PM
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Re: Lily Update

Aw, poor Lily. I’m glad she’s on the mend, but I’m sure that it’s very stressful for both of you to get the meds into her. I’m sure that you’ll get back to where you were with her, but she may be suspicious of grabby hands for a little bit.
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Old 05-09-2018, 12:05 AM
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Re: Lily Update

So sorry the two of you are going through this, but very glad shes on the mend. I can tell its breaking your heart to have to do the grab routine.


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Old 05-09-2018, 03:03 PM
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Yeah it’s been really hard seeing the backwards progress with her in all of this. I used to be able to enter the room and nobody bothered flinching because they knew I wasn’t going to pull anything. Now I enter the room, and she immediately goes into the furthest corner away to hide and sucks all her feathers in. Uncovering her in the morning is the worst part. You can just see the terror in every bit of her body language, because she knows she gets her dose first thing in the morning before I let her out to fly away. Not that I want to encourage her fear, it’s just I thought maybe it would help her psychologically to be able to fly away from me after she’s all done. Better her feel she can escape the situation than feel helpless in the cage as I prepare breakfast for everyone. Kind of the same thing with the hand grabbing. I have enough of a grip to hold her in place, but not completely restrain her, so if she gets the urge to struggle, she can escape away in the cage temporarily and cool off for a moment before we try again. Call me weird if you want, but I just thought it was good for her to feel she can escape than for her to be completely helpless to the situation.

She was a good girl this morning. She learned from yesterday’s attempted dose that if she lands on my hand and chews on the syringe, the hand grabbing won’t happen as long as she doesn’t run away. The first half of her dose was administered by the hand grabbing and then she “escaped”, to land on my hand after a minute of cooling off and stayed there (scared of course). The second half was administered while sitting on my hand, like a good girl, and she stayed for a moment on there after the medicine was administered. But I know she was scared so I let her go onto her perch and opened the cage for her. I’m hoping this second weekend of medicine will go more smoothly, where she’ll take it on my hand instead of having to be grabbed. Because I can say with confidence that neither of us like the hand grabbing option. I’m glad she’s been trying to find her own work around for it finally. It’s just really hard knowing I’m the one causing a fear response in her.
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Old 05-11-2018, 09:58 AM
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Re: Lily Update

Giving meds by syringe really sucks When BB was younger he had a bacterial infection ( loose/watery poo) and he needed meds. He is VERY trusting of me,so he'd sit on my fingers and I was able to very gingerly pick him up and hold him with my other hand..he isn't a big fan of being held and would wiggle but I could get his little head between my thumb and forefinger to keep him still. Him trying to bite the end of the syringe made it easy for me to administer his meds.
I'd release him and he'd immediately take flight,flying around in circles,SCREAMING at me full volume,then land on the curtain rod,his hat high in the air,still cussin' me out for a good five minutes
I felt soooo bad for him for having to do that to him..telling him it was for his own good
I'm very lucky with him though..he forgives real fast and within fifteen minutes I was forgiven and he was back on my shoulder singing in my ear



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Old 05-23-2018, 10:04 PM
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Re: Lily Update

I’m glad to report that the medicine has worked and she’s no longer wheezing as of last week. She’s still not too happy with me though. Flinches any time I come in sight and hides. Gave her a week of space as I figured she could use it. Made an attempt to play today with her (bell jingling on chair). She chirped up a storm but didn’t bother coming near me. Understandable I suppose. She did seem aweful happy when I put a spray of millet near her and Snowball though. She fluffed up and went at it the moment my hand was a safe distance away. It’s going to take a while to rebond with her I think. Which is ok, I can wait it out. I’m quite patient when I need to be. Her chest feathers still don’t look so good, but they are just starting to grow back a bit. Hoping she doesn’t go ripping them out again.

On another plus side, I started them on sprouts last week (managed to successfully make some finally thanks to the link that was posted) . I got new dishes for both fid cages to give it to them. I’m actually surprised how fast Snowball and Lily took to them. The entire first day they didn’t touch it (came home and it was all still in the dish). Left some in there overnight for a midnight/morning snack, along with some seeds in a different dish. Come morning uncovering, they had devoured the sprouts. It was quite a shock. Not much sign of leftovers in the bottom of the cage, meaning they ate it, and didn’t simply toss it to the ground.Since then, the sprouts are just immediately devoured over all other food first. Warbeak is another shock. Usually she devours anything. Turns out she refuses to try the sprouts yet LOL. It’s apparently going to take a bit of work to get her eating them. That and zupreem natural. I bought some of that and have been mixing a little bit into the zupreem fruit. Snowball and Lily don’t care and just eat it all (funny how much they changed from avoiding pellets). Warbeak just knows the color difference and leaves all the grey ones in the food dish. I tried being sneaky one morning and just giving her all natural for breakfast one morning. I always put breakfast pellets on the tray on top of her cage, and put seeds in her cage for later when I go to work. She decided to be sneaky back and just went in her cage for her seeds LOL. I’m going to slowly get them off zupreem fruit and onto zupreem natural. I bought a bag of roudybrush (? Something like that) for the future as well. Planning on mixing that with zupreem natural. Then maybe try to find a better pellet than zupreem natural. Zupreem is a great starter pellet (especially fruit one), but I know there’s better stuff out there for the long run. Anyway, it’s just baby steps for a while. But even still, they’re already that much healthier than they once were.
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Old 05-25-2018, 11:38 PM
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Re: Lily Update

Im glad Lily is better, and I hope she forgives quickly. Isnt sprouting cool? I especially like to sprout lentils and some dried beans-its like MAGIC because these pebble-like things actually have life inside them!


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