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This is going to be a long hual!
So, a less than 2 months ago, as some of you know, I adopted two parrots, a blue front amazon and a moluccan cockatoo. Its been quite the ride, thats for sure! I'm starting to re-think my decision to take these guys on. So heres whats gone on since my my last post.
Max, the amazon, it turns out, suffers from seizures. I had a cockatiel that also suffered from them, it was pretty obvious, he would thrash and be unable to control his movements, eventually, he got better once I figured out what the heck was wrong with him. (Metal poisoning.) Anyways, I was unprepared for Max's episode, he just collapsed and started making this horrid squawking sound. He had two, each one lasted about a minute or less, they were roughly 15 to 20 minutes apart. Next day- as you all know, these things ALWAYS happen at night when the avian vets are closed, we took him in, after a plenty of tests, a couple days stay and lots of money, we have him back. It turns out, there are several issues with this poor guy, some are diet related, which we were trying to turn around and some of it is damage from ages ago- our avian vet suspects he is much older than we thought. Possibly 40 years old. Now our goals with Max have changed a bit. We went from trying to get him on a healthier diet and to trust us a little more so we could handle him to the aforementioned plus somehow administer his oral medication to him- he is sick so time is of the essence here. Any tips? And now because of the tests and his vet visit, he seems to really dislike people, he is even lunging and trying to bite me, which he had not done before. Its starting to make Cleo, our moluccan seem like a piece cake. (More about him a little later. )