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Old 01-18-2015, 07:16 PM
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Hi Everyone -

Yesterday we put up an indoor screen that we had made with galvinsed wire that I scrubbed really well with vinegar and followed the advice that the wire can be okay as long as long as it is cleaned up well. My budgies loved having the free space to fly around inside safely yesterday (previously a few indoor hazards so it was to block them) with the new indoor screen.

Unfortunately later in the evening Peta was acting unusual and I had read plenty on possible zinc/heavy metal poisoning and really felt very stupid as the 'vinegar cleaning was not good enough and should have not used the wire at all - the reason I did was I could not find any alternative wire anywhere and found some sources that say the galvinsed is okay. Also, I had read that as long as you clean it up well with no 'bits' it would be fine. I wasn't expecting them to spend much time on the wire, the idea was to fly in circles and land back on cage which is home. BUT...Peta had (I suspected) must have chewed some of the wire and ingested it. So,. I took Peta to the vet first thing this morning... as slight regurgitating, sleepyness, quiet behaviour, odd head choking (regurgitating), wings out slightly, a bit puffed up, wetness on face from shaking off some regurgitate (I think) symptoms continued. Symptoms were extremely fast (acute). My other budgie has no symptoms at all (which makes sense as the other budgie hardly chews things in comparison).

X-ray did show some metal in Peta's body, but the vet said there was a high chance of recovery and has given me injections for chelation therapy (5 days) and also has recommended peanut butter.

The information I cannot find anywhere is, how long do the symptoms last? Some say the recovery is fast, but I keep reading this type of thing for bigger parrots - I also cannot find much when the intake is 'acute' for a smaller bird like a budgie (some other stories around chronic/slow ingestion... but not much on acute really). All I know is the pieces are very small little bits (saw the xray) and they are accumulated in one spot further down so hopefully they will pass through.

I was hoping to hear anyone else's 'survival stories' and hoping to hear some hopeful words as I am sure the vet is right, but for peace of mind would love to know if anyone else has been through this. I feel so bad for making something for my bird that was harmful. It is an awful feeling as I was trying to make their lifestyle better by giving them for flying time.

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Sorry to hear this. Please don't beat yourself up, a lot of folk's use that galavanized mesh and scrub it with vinegar and have no problems. I am glad to hear your vet thinks he has good chances to survive. Here is a link to someone who's cockatiel recently survived a bout with this...

https://talkbudgies.com/your-budgies-...zinc+poisoning

Welcome to talk budgies, I am sure some of our folk's will be along to offer their experiences and maybe advise you further...
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Sophie,

I'm very sorry about little Peta's problems.

Try not to blame yourself. You did research the matter ahead of time and did what you thought was appropriate to ensure the metal was safe for your birds.

Your prompt action in getting Peta to the vet so quickly for treatment is what saved her. From what I've read about Zinc Poisoning, the immediate treatment with the chelating forumla should take care of the problem and Peta has a very good chance of recovery thanks to your loving care.

Trust your vet and think positive. We will be sending lots of healing energy, positive thoughts and prayers for a full and speedy recovery for your little one.

Please keep us updated on her progress.
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One of my hens had a mild case of zinc poisoning (perhaps from a staple she had nibbled on). Fortunately, it was so mild she was able to be treated with an oral chelation agent. She recovered nicely.

I hope your avian child recovers quickly.
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Thanks so much for the lovely messages

Peta is doing really well today, I have given two more injections (a bit scary doing the injections, but the vet gave very good instructions) but yes... the recovery is fast! It is great to see a happy healthy budgie again. Peta is eating lots of food and having some yummy veges today too.

Thanks for the link about other heavy metal incidents... After reading the one about the commercial products with problems I have removed another metal toy that I just wasn't sure about - they don't play with it much anyway so it won't be missed.
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Sophie,

I'm so glad to hear that Peta is showing great improvement already! That is absolutely excellent news.

The horrible experience you've just gone through with little Peta is a big wake-up call to all of the members of the forum to be ever-vigilant of what our babies have access to. Even though we think it may be safe, it is always best to err on the side of caution.

Sophie, please continue to keep us updated on Peta's condition -- I'll be checking back to see how she's progressing.
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Thanks so much for the lovely messages

Peta is doing really well today, I have given two more injections (a bit scary doing the injections, but the vet gave very good instructions) but yes... the recovery is fast! It is great to see a happy healthy budgie again. Peta is eating lots of food and having some yummy veges today too.

Thanks for the link about other heavy metal incidents... After reading the one about the commercial products with problems I have removed another metal toy that I just wasn't sure about - they don't play with it much anyway so it won't be missed.
Good job!
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That is certainly the kind of report we were hoping to hear Sophie....
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Thanks so much for sharing Sophie. I am thrilled to hear that Peta is doing well and grateful to be able to learn through her unfortunate experience. Really validates my time on the group - huge thanks!!
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Hey, Sophie!
Just checking in to see how our little Peta is getting along today. I hope she's now as spunky as she was before her mishap!
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