It has been my experience that anytime I have had a bird in the hospital they have not eaten well, it is so stressful, I think that has a lot to do with it also. A couple of months ago I had a bird in the hospital for a week and he was also being tube fed, generally my vet does not like to release a bird if they are not eating enough to maintain their weight. I finally said let me try him at home and see if he eats, and sure enough he began eating at home. Of course if he had not begun to eat I would have taken him back to the hospital.
Yeah understandable. but in this case from what i gather he is trying to eat but he ends up regurgitating most of it back up. its only tube feeding hes apparently "keeping down" they said hes quite active and chirpy aside from the vomiting. ive threw out most of his toys. only two i kept are hard plastic which should be safe. i also stripped some of the toys and took safe materials such as rattan, untreated uncoloured wooden beads. etc. off to keep for making my own toys. bought a stainless steel bell, some sisal twine, willow branches, some popsicle sticks (which i assume are fine). some stainless steel washers and screws for the walls to mount toys on. and im going to make some new toys for him with those and these other parts. ive removed a ladder i had in the room which is the only other metal object aside from his cage. and ive checked the maker of his cage to make sure its not a zinc coating (it's apparently thermosetting powdered epoxy). im going to also be extra safe and tightly wrap twine around the metal section of the one light he likes to perch on alot. that should eliminate most of the chance of this ever happening to him again.
another update for now for everyone. vet called me yesterday, said he hasnt vomited in nearly 24 hours. hes eating millet by himself now but not "enough" for them to be content. so they're still giving him a tube feeding every now and then, they're giving him a medication thats going to remove the toxicity from what they ASSUME is metal in his stomach. and then he should be able to just pass it. im supposed to get a call within the next 2-3 hours for another update. which i will post again then. and at the earliest i might have him home tomorrow or tuesday if all things go well!
i would also like to add i took some pliers to his toys and broke any that had bells/metal strips in the middle because i have no clue what the metal is made of. all the safe materials such as the wood beads, hard plastics. chewables. etc have all been saved in a box alongside some materials i've ordered, with some new toys from a trusted source. i will be making him a bunch of new safer toys.
as for the assumed metal in his system. i found a rust spot on my old iron ladder that was kept in the room for getting him down from the lights at night if he was refusing to go to bed. which i kept in here for convenience. there is a part of the coating on it missing and a spot of rust. a few days prior to him getting sick he DID go over there on the ladder at one point whilst exploring about. so its possible he might of copped a mouthful of rust or something. i did get him off it pretty quickly though. that ladder will no longer be kept in the room. ive checked his cage for any issues, found none. i've replaced all the washers on the perches with stainless steel ones because some had some discolouration on them.
a quick list of things i have for his new toys
unpainted wooden beads.
hard plastic beads
popsicle sticks (large)
sisal twine (untreated)
wood glue (will only be used in spots he physically wont have access to)
stainless steel washers & screws to mount his new stuff to walls
various little wood shapes and cutouts (all unpainted)
all in all hopefully this is enough to prevent this ever happening again
Another update : the vets told me hes eating normally again, hasnt vomited in quite a while. lost about 1g of weight but he should put it back on by tomorrow they think. and tomorrow after assessing him if they deem fine, they might let me bring him home. provided twice a day i gotta put a syringe in his mouth and administer his medicine. which i have no clue how to do but im sure i can manage. if he comes home tomorrow i will post a picture to let everyone know how he is!
Last update for now, He's home! hes being a bit picky but still eating his food at a what feels at least to me reasonable amount. hes active. happy. hes CRAVING my attention. the second he saw me as they brought him out he started getting very excited in the little carrier. he kept pushing his face against the bar to get me to stroke his cheek. i gotta give him two 0.05ml doses of his medicine per day which has been kinda painful so far (sodium calcium edta) for anyone who wanted to know what hes on. takes me about 10 minutes to give him it because of how much of a struggle he puts up. hes drinking quite frequently, hes scratching himself alot (and using the perches to rub his head) and hes also showing more interest in his mineral block. so hopefully for now hes doing fine!
I'm sure he is thrilled to be home. I have a medication tip if you want to try it, it works well for me. I medicate in the morning while the room is still dark, I have on only a small nightlight. I uncover the cage and slowly reach in and cup my hands around the bird and remove from the cage, pop in the medication and return to the cage, I do not turn on the lights right away after medicating, I let the bird relax for a bit. Same thing is repeated at night when you need to medicate twice a day.