Oh wow...what a stressful day!!
Turns out my mom made an appointment at a vet clinic. We got there and talked to the vet, told him what had been up. They tested Minnie's droppings, weighed her, all the usual stuff. They did some more testing, did an x-ray, and found that she had an unfertalized egg oddly situated in her. It wasn't facing the way it should've been, and it was stuck. It was sort of like being egg bound, but not exactly. It was putting alot of pressure on her leg, therefore making her limp. (I know right? Who would've thought?) The vet said that they would keep her overnight and inject some calcium and other nutrients into her. They'd put her in an aquarium tank with a special warm light and hope that she would lay the egg. If she didn't, we would immediately have to go into surgery the next day. We payed around $180 just for all of today's work, and the surgery would cost anywhere from $300-$380. We would also have to pay for her to stay there and pay for all the medicine.
So, we left the vet office. I said my goodbyes to Minnie, and I went shopping with my mom. At first, it sounded like if the egg did not come out tonight, we wouldn't be able to pay for the surgery. Then my mom told me that we would do the surgery, but I'd have to pay for it. That would mean I would be in real debt for the next couple of years with my parents. I've been crying on and off all day, this whole thing has just really upset me.
However, just about fifty minutes ago, the vet called with the news that she had layed her egg!! So we rushed over there, picked her up and got all the medicine needed for the next couple of weeks.
We've got an appointment in two weeks. At that point, the vet will check her out, make sure everything's okay, then help me step by step to switching to Harrison's Bird Foods (pellets).
The great thing is my mom has been so sweet and so okay with all of this! We are now going to finally be seeing a vet often, and be switching onto some good healthy pellets, and everything sounds as if it will be okay!
I'm just so happy right now, I can't even explain it...Everything has gone so well today. My mom is finally understanding the full extent of what birds require. I think after she listened to the vet talk about a lot of this, it has helped a ton. And I've talked to her about it for years to her. I can't thank him enough, he's been so helpful.
I just wanted to share the amazing news with you! Everything is okay!