My little Azure has been battling a "mystery infection" all week. Our regular vet had been treating him with a broad spectrum antibiotic but was unable to figure out the cause of his illness. He lost so much weight there was nothing left of him, it was heartbreaking and I was so sure we were going to lose him.
Finally I managed to get him into an avian vet who is the only one in the city so getting an appointment with him is a real pain but Azure made it to his appointment by sheer will alone. He's such a fighter...
The avian vet called him a little bag of bones and wasn't sure the origin of his infection either but the good news is his crop swab and poop smear tests all came back normal and he should be on the mend now. The vet decided to treat him for chlamydia "just in case" with a once a week shot and the rest of the flock will get meds in their water "just in case".
This is where it gets cute...
All week it feels like I've been babying this little guy and carrying him around for hours on end in his little carry cage. The vets aren't close by (30 mins each way) so we've been doing lots of driving with him in my lap.
I've had to catch him everyday to feed him his meds and clear his vent.
He isn't tame, we've only had him a month and hadn't gotten beyond millet from our hands.
Suddenly tonight he's decided he likes human company.. ALOT..
He's been separated from the other Budgies for a few days now because they had worming treatment in their water and he'll continue to be on his own because now they have psittavet.
He was NOT happy about being alone tonight and was pacing up and down the cage frantic to get out. I was going around giving everyone their plate of apple and kale and then I realised I had a plate of blueberries I'd left out to defrost. I went to open up his cage to put a spoonful of berries on his plate and he hopped on the spoon, dragged his tail through the berry juice, turning it purple. Hopped onto my hand, walked up my arm and onto my shoulder for a cuddle. Then he climbed down and started pacing up and down in front of Gandalf and Whirl's cage. I put my finger in front of him and he immediately stopped pacing and stepped up. So I opened up the cage and let him in (I took their water out so he could visit safely).
Gandalf was happy to see him but all he wanted to do was check out their food bowl and steal their snack. Every now and then he'd come to the bars where I was and make sure I was still there. After he was done checking out Gandalf and Whirls food to make sure it wasn't better than his he started pacing in front of the door. I opened it up and he hopped straight onto my hand and waited patiently for his taxi service back to his cage lol
It's so funny..
I know for a fact he wasn't hand raised or even handled by his breeder so I feel even more special that he's chosen to trust me like this.
I just love him to bits
Even if he doesn't stay tame like this after he gets better, I'll just be happy when he's OK.
I got some pics of him playing in Gandalf and Whirl's cage, I've no idea why some of them showed up sideways.. They aren't sideways on my end
Found the food dish
Too exhausting perching on the side like that so he just snuggled down inside
checking to make sure I was still there