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It seems that lately I have only used "Talk Budgies" to post on negative updates regarding Prince's self-mutilating condition. I apologize for that, but unfortunately this post is no different.
Prince has hit an ultimate low with his mutilating issue. Without his cone, it takes him about 2-3 weeks to re-open the wounds underneath his left wing. The newest struggle we are facing is that Prince is becoming less and less tolerant of the cone. What I mean by this is that he spends so much time fighting with it and spinning it around his neck that it ends up irritating the surrounding area to the point where I have to remove it. This means that I have no adequate way of preventing Prince from hurting himself.
Now, the real question. Is the quality of Prince's life truly acceptable? He is the equivalent of a depressed, mentally ill person. It is miraculous that infection hasn't claimed him yet, but I do not want to wait for that to happen. I waited too long to euthanize my previous budgie, Joey, and I want to be able to bring Prince peace instead of watching him suffer. I am just stuggling with deciding whether or not it is time to end his misery. He is only 3 years and 9 months old, but I have loved him immensely throughout his life. Is it ethical to make him carry on in this viscous, never-ending cycle?
Thanks for the suggestion. I use a lot of soft guaze on the cone I use for Prince, so I do not know if the fleece would really make a difference. Thr problem is that he spins it around his neck so much that it always eventually ends up irritating the skin.
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Have you tried turning a sock into a sleeveless sweater with small arm holes. I once cared for a dove who chewed her back. While She was with us she wore her little sweater which was secured with a bow piece of sock on back and we had alternates to wash and wear. When she healed we would give her time off for good behavior and put the sweater on when she would start to chew again. We just threw up our hands and accepted that she was going to wear that sweater and kept redesigning and improving the fit over time. She ate and played and was a normal dove after she realized it was her second skin and it was not going away so she could chew. We did try to play more and redirect her attention , but she had to be alone when we were at work etc.
There is no perfect answer. You will find it revealed in tour heart. Bless You,
I would perhaps try the sock or different way of attaching the cone? I do sympathise with you regarding the constant struggle. Is there some medication you can give Princey to help ease the discomfort? It is only you who can make the decision and in your heart you will know when it is best. I truly hope Princey finds some form of peace soon.