Muffin Update from Vet Visit:
She is basically a hot mess
No more eggs today, but the vet said her vent is swollen so she might lay more. She thinks she has low calcium and that I need to supplement her with calcium drops. Of course the kind she told me to get is not in stores anywhere so I had to order it online and it's not going to come until Monday. But she thinks that's why she has poor balance, falls, why she can't use her wings as well as she should, and why her egg wasn't fully developed with a hard shell. I am going to try to give her hard boiled egg or something in the mean time. She already has a calcium block which she chews in her cage and I got a multi-vitamin for her water.
As for her wings, she pretty much said she has never seen or felt wings like that in her life
She said her bones don't feel weak, they just feel really deformed and some out of place a little, and the way some of her feathers grow is straight (point outward more than laying flat where they should). She said her flight feathers are long enough where she should be able to get some leverage at least, but she can't, so that's why she thinks it is calcium related too. She said she was probably born this way, which means if she has these visual deformities, she could also have things internally that weren't developed properly. The only way to really know is to do x-rays, which means using anesthesia, and is going to be $300-400
I don't think I'm going to do it. It's so much money, I don't want to put her under, and I just don't think it's necessary to her well being. She's not in pain and whatever happens is just going to happen. Some might think that is wrong but that's just how I feel about it.
She was a very good girl for the vet
She let her handle her (a lot, actually) with only a few little nips and squeals :P and she even sat on the scale all by herself! The vet was ready to towel her and I did the bird mom move, like "Oh no, she can do it on her own! My Muffin is a good girl!"
So I'm going to give her lots of "dark" time if possible and just keep watching her. Hopefully there are no more set backs (or eggs!) and maybe this calcium will help things out
It only cost me a $50 vet visit and a 2 hour round trip car ride
So much for a birthday present for myself!