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Old 11-01-2015, 02:00 PM
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Hello all,

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?

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What if you made a cone out of fleece material? I have seen them for big birds, maybe you can get an idea from them.... This pic is from Google... https://forums.avianavenue.com/data/a...d2ca2c247a.jpg
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What if you made a cone out of fleece material? I have seen them for big birds, maybe you can get an idea from them.... This pic is from Google... https://forums.avianavenue.com/data/a...d2ca2c247a.jpg
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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The most difficult decisions are made with the greatest love. Whatever you decide, we know you have Prince's best interests at heart. Maybe give him a little more time.
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Gracie,
I've been through the types of decisions you are facing right now with Princey.
I will send you a PM shortly.
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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.
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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.
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I'm so sorry Prince is having such a rough time. I really hope a solution presents itself soon. Although it is so difficult for you to witness, I'm glad he has such a loving owner.
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I believe in the concept of a "last good day."

And only you can make that decision.

If you're convinced that he's suffering and that suffering won't be reversible, then it's just a question of finding that moment when you feel he's unlikely to have any more good days.

Good luck, it's one of our most difficult duties as pet owners.
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It seems a fleece cone wouldn't have the mobility as a regular cone wrapped in gauze.....you should try the fleece or the sock idea! Good luck!
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