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Minnie's Second Vet Visit
This post is to give you an update on Minnie. As I posted a few weeks before, Minnie was having problems laying unfertalized eggs. Well, it's been two weeks. We've been giving her different medicines four times a day every day for the past two weeks. She has been doing much, much better. We took her to the vet today, and they told us she was doing excellent and that things were much better. I am so happy! After they checked up on her, the vet technician who I've grown to like (he is a real character) was helping and showing us how we'd transfer Minnie to Harrison's Bird Foods. This is what I've been looking forward to for a long time, believe it or not!
We've up with a plan for Minnie. We're starting tomorrow. In the mornings when I get up, I will give her seed and let her eat for thirty minutes. After thirty minutes, I remove the seed and put in about 15-20 pellets so I know how many I've put in. We can therefore count and see how much and if she's eating. When I get home or later at night, we'll check up on how much she ate, and let her eat more seed. We'll do this until she eventually switches. The vet told us that cockatiels should be easy to switch, so should Conures, unlike a lot of other bird species. But he said it varies with each bird. Some birds refuse the pellets at first and it is very difficult to get them to try them, others try it right away and love it. We'll just see how this goes with Minnie. We'll also be taking Minnie into the vet's to weigh her every Monday, Wednesday and Friday to see how she's doing. She's allowed to lose only 10% of her weight at home while we do this. If all fails, the vet assured us that we could board her in the vet's and he'll be able to successfully switch them, but hopefully that won't be necessary.
We told the vet about our new Sun Conure, and we are taking it for its first checkup on Monday. At that time, if it is completely healthy, we will begin switching it to pellets as well.
Now, with the budgies. That is my mom's last priority, getting them to the vet and switching them to pellets, too. She suggested I might want to think about letting one or two go (to another home) because I will be paying for pretty much all of this. I am taking this into consideration. As painful as it is for me, I think it might be best. Vet trips are not cheap. Everything to do with birds is not cheap, and if I want to give my birds the best care I can, maybe it might be better to let one or two go to other homes that I know can provide these birds with the right care. I hope nobody sees this as me being a bad pet owner, because I do all I can all the time to ensure my birds have the best care I can give them, but sometimes it is for the best. If I were to give one away, I already have a home in mind for at least one of them. My friend is considering buying a bird and I am guiding him through everything, so if he really does decide he'll get one, I could sell or give him one of mine. Then I'd know my bird was going to a good home and I could make sure and "keep in touch" with that bird. But none of this is for sure. I'm still thinking about it.
So everything's well with Minnie. I'm excited for my Sun Conure's first checkup. I'll keep you posted with anything and everything else that comes up with this.
DIGBY 4-year-old male Congo African Grey