I LOLed when I read his opinion of the play stand change. Birds can be hilariously picky about some things! As for his sinuses... hopefully a solution can be found **Hugs**Ah, the battle of the sinuses never ends…
Poor Kirby. I was a week late deep cleaning his cage due to a COVID infection in the house, but I don’t imagine it was the cause as his cage is pretty clean even without a deep clean - but his nares are all stuffy again! At least his cage and playstands are sparkly clean and disinfected again…
It is never ending. How does this fid always have a stuffy nose?! We are doing daily misting, humidifier, air filter, the works. I think I maybe missed a day or two on the misting this week? I aspire for perfection, but often fall short.
I emailed the vet tonight after holding him in my lap in a towel for ten minutes trying to (unsuccessfully) unplug one gently, using a technique his old vet showed me, to ask if it’s time to do nose drops. I THINK we were able to use OTC saline solution drops that are also for people, but I am not positive, so I’m waiting to hear back.
Also, I rearranged his playstand, and he does not approve! I had to replace his rope boing that I used to connect one set of branches to another, and I decided to try positioning it differently, and now he acts like he can’t get across! Unless I have a piece of walnut. Then suddenly all is possible.
I love their stripey tails. It’s too bad I only really get to see them when they’re so excited it’s even odds I’m gonna get a bruise lol!I love the striped Amazon tail!
I’ve never had an amazon in my home, but have had Pionus. I miss them.
Wow! I didn’t know they smelled different… now I know my next parrot mission: find a cuddly baby pionus and sniff it, lol! Not taking my chances with an adult who doesn’t know me though!I had a bronze winged Pionus for several years. Lost her to a gas leak. Rescued a very sick plucked bronze wing who passed on within a couple of years. Then had a white capped Pionus for a while until my financial situation fell through and she went back to her first home.
Pionus are sweet quiet birds that smell GOOD and like to just chill alongside you. Or on your shoulder. Honking hormonal female pi’s can be annoying, but hormones…what can you do?
I love the pink and blue and bronze hidden in their colors.
Might be able to see certain elevated immune cells in the CBC if he’s having seasonal allergies. Birds have neutrophils, basophils, probably eosinophils. Not sure if lymphocytes would be elevated to. A SKIN BIOPSY would be great if he’s plucking, or a sample of NASAL WASH.I think we are starting to zero in on Kirby’s nasal issues…
This morning I woke him up and he had clear, thin discharge in one nostril. I’d dislodged dried debris from this nostril yesterday, and it’s the same one that was funky Monday morning. Well - I was sneezing my HEAD OFF this morning. I checked the pollen count and grass pollen is double the PPM for a “very high” rating.
I emailed the vet to ask if our little guy might have nasty allergies. I know I’m miserable today! I wonder though, if it’s even possible to test? And if he has a grass pollen allergy, should he be eating TOPS (which has a ton of alfalfa??) I know the pellets give me trouble (burning eyes/hay fever).
Meanwhile, Sammy got a half hour shower today! She just did not want to get out. We let them say hi to each other through their cages before she went to the bathroom for her shower. However, when my partner was taking Sam back to her office, she decided to cut through my office - and I’d let Kirby out! He took a running leap to land on her carrier, which scared the snot out of me. We got him off without incident, but it was a harrowing reminder to always be vigilant.