All is not well with Lily
It is over 6 weeks now after bringing Lily home with two other babies. She is severely disabled from a level 2 French Moult and my hope was (and still is) that I could help her have a happy life.
I have been working with my avian vet for several weeks to try to get somewhere with her, there are a few more tests we are awaiting the results for but sadly the prognosis does not look good.
For most of the time now she sits still with her eyes closed, although she does force herself out of it for brief periods to feed and to preen. Unlike Hugo who had a milder form of French moult and has adapted very well to his disabilities, Lily has not overcome her problems of balance and coordination and is increasingly lethargic and clearly not happy. The vet has been treating the lethargy with antibiotics suspecting it may be a separate issue.
The avian vet is a very nice man who keeps parakeets himself, but he is a realist and has already prepared me for the really difficult decision that seems likely to be ahead.
Naturally I am very upset by all this, after all she has done nothing wrong. I am hoping for the outside chance that something treatable is discovered and I will know this on Tuesday or Wednesday. But I will not flinch from making the right decision next week, how can I sentence her to less than a half life dragging on?
I am really unhappy with this hanging over her, and of course her cage friends who to some degree have been helping her by giving way and also sitting quietly with her on occasion and even preening her.
I am hoping for the best next week but I'm afraid I am not confident.