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Blue Collar Boy

weather: clear
outside: 19.6°C
mood: bummed
*deep breath*

userinfoSid is being boarded at Night Owl again for treatment. We knew that his picking problem would never go away. But we noticed that he was squacking even when he stretched out his wings. That meant that he was in pain, somehow. On closer examination, we saw raw patches in the folds under his wings. It looked like he might have broken skin.

Dr. MacDonald said it wasn't as bad as the first time we brought him in, but it could potentially be bad. She would keep him and fit him with a collar. She didn't want to give him antibiotic cream this time, just to try to let the raw skin heal itself.

She has him in an incubator instead of his own cage most of the time. I went over to see him this evening and they put him back in his cage for the visit.

It's really sad. He's having difficulty moving around with the collar on. He wriggled around a bit but then started nodding off right in front of me. He must have been really tired.

I also noticed parts of his shoulder area were raw and a little bloody. He was squirming around, so I couldn't see for sure. I asked Dr. MacDonald about it and it was from him struggling for his life while they tried to get the collar on. There's not much else she or the nurses could do.

And even worse, he'll just writhe himself bloody all over again when they take the collar off.

*sigh* I feel like, what the hell have I done to him?

This was Sid and userinfoSkippy a while ago. I love this pic of the two of them. I love the natural light pouring into that dining room from that bay window. I love that my two birdies sat still for a combined grand total of 2¼ seconds and let me take their picture.

But I wasn't happy with the mess in the dining room. We were sprawled out with our laptops on the dining room table because it's such a beautiful place in the house to be on a fresh summer morning.

At the time, we had just come home from a grocery shopping run. We were taking a moment to unwind, play with the birds before putting the groceries away. When you're working with animals, you snap those pics as fast as you can. They may not do the same thing twice. Hence the retarded looking plastic bag handles sticking up all over. =P



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Jun. 1st, 2007 05:03 am (UTC)
Poor baby and poor you! I hope Sid is feeling much better soon.
Jun. 1st, 2007 05:06 am (UTC)
Thanks =} He should be coming home this Friday.
Jun. 1st, 2007 07:34 am (UTC)
Oh, poor Sid! But it looks like he's being well cared-for.
Jun. 1st, 2007 02:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks =) He is being well cared-for. I'm very happy with Dr. MacDonald and her crew =)
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Jun. 1st, 2007 02:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks =)
Jun. 1st, 2007 12:14 pm (UTC)
POOR BIRDIE. That's so sad.
Jun. 1st, 2007 02:28 pm (UTC)
=) Thanks... it's just awful when you think you're doing a good thing by getting them the care they need and quickly, but it ends up being worse. =P
Jun. 1st, 2007 08:37 pm (UTC)

We had to keep a cone on Yuna at night when we couldn't watch her after she was spayed, and she was thoroughly miserable. She would fight like the dickens when we caught her to put it on, and then freeze up like a stone for a few minutes after we fastened it. I wish there were a way for us to communicate to them that we're trying to look after them, and not torture them!

I hope Sid is feeling better today.
Jun. 2nd, 2007 02:14 am (UTC)
I wish there were a way for us to communicate to them that we're trying to look after them, and not torture them!

You and me both =(

Anyway, we'll be picking him up tomorrow morning.
Jun. 2nd, 2007 10:50 pm (UTC)
I am really sad to hear that your cockatiel is having the picking problem. Luckily, my conure never had that problem while I had him, but I know people whose birds did.

I haven't read any other posts on your problem but - is it boredom, by any chance? Or is it a skin problem? I was curious as to why he was picking, since I know boredom is one of the common causes. Maybe he's an itchy bird - psychological.

Oh and hi! *waves* I see you post from time to time on WP, so I wanted to say hello.
Jun. 2nd, 2007 11:06 pm (UTC)
Hello, welcome =)

We adopted him a few years ago from a lady who didn't have time to take care of him. He wasn't in the best shape when he came to us, but after $1000+, he was doing must better.

The picking is very likely from boredom, but it's a habit that he'll probably have for the rest of his life. In the 3 years that we've had him, we still haven't found a toy that he'll interact with. He's either fearful or angry at toys we put in his cage =P

He grew up almost wild, in a conservatory/sanctuary, before the other lady took him in, so he's also not hand-friendly.

But if you click on his "LJ name" to read past entries, he's been a joy to have around =)
Jun. 2nd, 2007 11:07 pm (UTC)
much better... after $1000+, he was doing much better. Bleh.
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