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So the baby of the flock is going to visit the vet tomorrow for a check up

She weaned very early Dec at about 8/9 weeks old. She was being hand fed at the time but I was never given a reason why.

Between age 6 weeks and 7weeks there was an obvious difference in how fast her clutch mate feathered up and how fast she feathered up but I thought it was just age related at the time

Now she's around 3 months old I am concerned on a number of levels as her feathers are still patchy (gap on the chest, massive bald head - even for a lutino and although the back and wing area has filled out since we had her it's still very patchy and thin - she has all her flight feathers though!), she suffers dry skin, her nostrils are easily irritated when scuffling through the food bowl (starts sneezing) and she still LOOKS like a baby She currently weighs 78g and eats well although she did stop eating much for a few days when first separated from Fluffy but now she is fine (we susepcted bullying, we now think it was Dante picking on Rooh when they were playing out but Fluffy is happier not sharing a cage so we have left it at that).

Someone recently highlighted a condition called stunting which can happen if a baby is incorrectly weaned or has a genetic disorder. Hope to get some answers tomorrow. She's pretty lazy in the cage but active when she's out and she's picked up flying AMAZINGLY well! She's very agile at turning etc after a few false starts and face plants.

She also can't crack open harder seeds like sunflowers but seems really happy since I put size 1 pellets and mixed some canary seed into her usual tiel seed. I just pull the sunflower seeds out now
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Good luck.. Hope there's nothing major wrong!
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I also hope there is nothing major wrong with her. She looks like a sweetie.




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Here is a picture from the first week we had her home approx 1 month ago now and another from a few weeks ago to compare to what I took today. Erm...no real difference...


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Gettin son ready for school then as soon as I get back it's off to the vets we go. X

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Well the good news is they don't think she has a liver or kidney problem as she is too pink and would probably have died of a serious issue like that by now

However the vet agrees she is behind on development. She thinks she is most likely suffering from some kind of fungal complaint which is causing the dry skin and tendency to get blocked and irritated nostrils. The lack of feathers may also be linked to this.

She has a few sore patches on her wings where she bumps into things and doesn't have to padding to protect them but the vet says non of them look serious.

She is on antibiotics as a precaution in case she does have some kind of infection and has had fecal samples sent off to check for anything else. If the results are inconclusive and the antibiotics don't seem to help much then later on we can look to do blood tests but she didn't want to rush it right now. She is also going to be given avipro in the water and showered more regularly to help soften the old skin. She is apparently on the slim side but not actually underweight.

At this point she just wants to improve her condition and see if she catches up to normal

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Any news on Rooh? I hope she's doing well!
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Re: runty Rooh

Hi hun. Yes sorry I didn't update. Hadn't had a lot of interest so forgot about it in the end

Well her skin got a lot better and she has grown in new feathers so she only has a tiny bald spot on her chest right now and some pinnies right in the middle of her bald head haha!

She still gets pressure sores on one ankle despite changes perches which means she just doesn't sit right. She gained weight to 99g last time I weighed her!

She has a lot more feathers and they are lovely white but still thinner than normal. She seems to be missing most of her down

I am hoping by the time she is 1yr old she will look normal

She started to have odd white poops but it turns out she is sensitive and was reacting to the new pellets so I've changed back to harrisons but they still refuse to eat them.

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