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Iím not sure exactly what is going on with Branch. But I know he is not feeling well tonight. When I got home, he was not very talkative and rocking slowly on his perch. At one point he fell off his perch while sleeping. When I opened the cage to check on him, I noticed he had drippings stuck to his vent feathers. I immediately called the avian vet and they could not see him tonight and had no appointments for tomorrow, But they suggested I just come in first thing in the morning.
Is there anything I can do for peace of mind in the meantime? My breeder recommended calories and heat. Heís already so picky about eating, Iím not sure how to get calories in him. Right now heís tucked down tight against his favorite perch sleeping.
Adding I just walked into the living room where his cage is, and he has moved over into his food dish and is happily scratching and appears to be eating.
I'm glad he seems to be eating. I would definitely bring him in tomorrow and separate him from Twig if they aren't already. If he doesn't want to eat again, try soaking millet in Pedialyte or Guardian Angel.
I would follow the advice of the vet, as I am sure you are doing. Keeping Branch warm and getting some Pedialyte or Guardian Angel into him as Hunterkat suggested are both good ideas. Keeping Branch in my thoughts and prayers. Do update us on what the vet says.
I’ve left the lights on in the living room so he will continue to eat through the night. When I last checked in on him, he was busy working on millet between periods of pushing his little cat ball with a bell around in the floor of his cage.
Maybe I’m just being paranoid, but falling of the perch/balance issues aren’t normal for him. As I think back on it, the last couple of days he hasn’t even attempted to fly from perch to perch in his cage. He just climbs wherever he wants to go.
Unfortunately, Twig has passed on. One night before bead he was happily hopping up and down in his cage and the next morning he was laying in the bottom. The vet found millet in his crop, I was afraid he wasn’t eating, and didn’t see any other obvious signs of illness. I’m glad they were quarantined apart from each other.
Out of the Vets office. Branch had an abnormal gram stain showing unusual bacteria in his digestive tract. He has been given a baytril suspension that has to be administered every 24 hours for two weeks. The vet assured me he should be doing much better in a few days if not bring him back in on Saturday.