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Old 01-18-2019, 10:11 AM
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Default Lemon gets a check up

On Monday, Lemon laid an egg. She's not laid one since last February when I had her birth control put in, so I'm assuming it's finally worn off. Today we went to the vet as she was due for her annual exam anyway and we discussed her options. Right now, other than her belly being a bit big, she's in excellent health; the vet didn't feel any more eggs in her though. So today Lemon is getting her very first set of x-rays. This will help see if she's just got a fat belly or if her uterus is enlarged from that egg or if she's developing another egg. She's also getting blood work done to check on her liver due to her chronic fatness.
Speaking of which, we are all baffled.
Over the holidays both budgies were boarded for two weeks. It was great because they managed to get them converted to 100% Harrison's pellets (as well as fruit and veg) and they lost no weight at all. They are now and have been for a while at a steady 44-45g each, even with a strict vet controlled program. They are both very muscular though as they fly a LOT, which is good.

Anyway, here's Lemon throwing as much disappointment as she can at me:
IMG_20190118_092813095 by Moira Aoibheane Parker, on Flickr

You can see how round her butt is in this picture. My husband calls it her 'egg butt'. I pick them up in about an hour to get the results. I left Sweetie at the vet with Lemon as a comforting presence.

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Old 01-18-2019, 04:35 PM
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I'll be interested to hear what the X-rays show and what the blood tests determined.
Wishing all the best for little Lemon!
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Waiting impatiently to hear the news . Lemon is so cute!
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Update the first:

I won't get the blood results until Monday, which I was expecting. They aren't sure they got enough blood to run a full panel as Lemon is a known bruiser (they give her a vitamin K shot every time beforehand to help with this). They'll run the liver panels first but try to get in everything else. If it doesn't work, I bring her in to get more blood taken (for free, at my vet they don't charge for subsequent visits to complete a task).

As for the x-rays, she appears to have a slightly swollen uterus in keeping with a hen that laid an egg recently. They did a regular x-ray, and a barium x-ray and both show she's got a good strong skeleton, and her thigh bones are full of lots of calcium, ready for another egg should Lemon want one. She also has a lot of muscle under her fat, which is nice to confirm. I didn't have the birth control put in this visit for a couple of reasons:

-Lemon was stressed enough. She'd already been poked and prodded and just wanted to go home.
-If they need more blood for the panel, they could knock her out and do the implant and the blood at the same time
-She's not laid a clutch of eggs, just the one. Birds are funny sometimes and because this was just after picking them up from a two-week stay at the vet, she could have just been so happy to be home she laid about it. If she does lay again though, she's getting the implant.
-Surgery on such a tiny bird isn't to be taken lightly, even if it went perfect last time.

Once I get the blood work results I'll update again.

Here's a bonus pic:
IMG_20190112_120933952 by Moira Aoibheane Parker, on Flickr
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Thanks for the update, Moira.
I love the pic of Sweetie and Lemon on your foot. My birds love feet too!
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Hahaha what is it with birds and feet? Everyone I know with birds, no matter what kind, says their birds love to play with their feet
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I love the pic Moira . Sounds like Lemon will be just fine. Besides, she is in good hands!
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You take very good care of your bird. Birth control for a bird is a new one for me.
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Update #3

The blood results came back and Lemon's liver is almost perfect. She's been on a liver support mix for a while (it's a powder I sprinkle over her food) and the vet said to just keep it up and she should be perfect soon. Her hormone levels are right up there with a hen wanting to be a mama and considering her x-rays show her bones are right and ready for egg making we go back on Friday to get the implant put in. She'll not be happy but so be it.

Pics from this morning:
IMG_20190122_083745166 by Moira Aoibheane Parker, on Flickr

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I'm so glad to hear Lemon's liver is almost perfect now!
Would you share the name of the liver support powder and let us know if it is available only through a prescription from the vet?

The new pics of Lemon and Sweetie are great. Sweetie looks like he enjoys hamming it up for the camera.
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