Well what I hope is a small improvement tonight. Matt Bird (I don't know why I can't just call him Matt but hey we just recently found out he was a he, not a she, Mathilde Grey, or Matti as we were callingher for the last 5 years) was doing some slow and careful somersaults in his cage, but definitely trying to play. He also was sporting an attitude when I reached in to ask him to up up, which is more like him - he doesn't like to be taken from his cage but taken from the top of it. He hasn't fallen off his perch once since we have been home. He has been vocalizing a little more and when my dh was holding him, he did fly off my dh's hand but landed a little more controlled than he has been, landind on his feet and tail instead of crashing crazily. I hope this is the start of him becoming well again.
Gay, he is underweight - our vet pointed this out to us when we took him up for all his tests. She knew we were offering him free access to plenty of seed mix and offering him veggies and fruits but said it was not optimum and that he had probably just become really run down from being sick and not eating much for a while. He is still pretty boney in his breast area so I am hoping to do two things: get some weight on him fast so he has more energy/fat stores to help him heal up. I will have to check into a high quality formula food at the store where we bought his cage tomorrow. Anyone else have any input into this? Also Gay, I live in the state. If you are familiar with Washington, I live about a half hour west of Olympia - I am about 2 hours southwest of Seattle and the vet where I have been taking Matt Bird is in Lakewood which is near Tacoma - about an hour and a half away. I am willing to travel! I have done a search online in the yellow pages to find a second avian vet for a second opinion but got nothing. The one I am using was recommended to me by 2 different people and she does seem knowledgable - we just have a communication problem I think as well as a cash flow problem at the time. It's called getting too many animals when things are going well and still having too many animals when things aren't going as well. Thanks for your input - it is much appreciated. I just want to get him feeling better again even if it means listening to his crazy talking and whisteling when I would rather not ;-). It's been much too quiet around here since he has been under the weather.