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Hello guys!

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.
 

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Glad to know Minnie is doing okay Abby.
I understand that the vets trips aren't cheap. It's sad to rehome your budgies though. Who would you keep?
 

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Probably Jasper. Or Lola...Ahhh, I'm not sure... :(
 

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Which one is which? I don't think I'd be able to do that to be honest :/
 

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I can understand where finding homes for the budgies might be best... are they all housed together? Maybe your friend can take all three... you'd miss them, but they could stay together and you can visit with them when you'd like ;D I'd make that part of the adoption papers haha. Visitation rights!
 

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Yes, Jenny, they are all housed together. And visitation rights is a must! :p But I don't think I'd be able to say goodbye to all three....I'm still thinking this over, so I might not give away any.
 

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Abby,
Whatever you decide, I am sure you will be considering what is best for the birds. I'm glad Minnie is feeling well now.
 

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Great news!

Yesterday, Minnie did not touch the pellets at all. However, earlier today, she began eating maybe three, then stopped, and that was only because I was encouraging her with a different dish and we were outside her cage and I was pretending to eat it myself. And just a few minutes ago, I saw her actually eating some from her food dish in her cage. And it was more than three. She was eating it like regular food! But after a few short minutes, she went back to the bottom of the cage to search for more seed. :lol:

We will be going into the vet's office tomorrow to weigh her. My mom, who is reluctantly taking her in with me three days a week, is not so happy about going all the time, but I, on the other hand, love it! It gives me an excuse to go to the vet's and talk to the vets and play with their parrots. :D

After talking to the vet tomorrow and weighing Minnie, I'll tell you guys what's up.
 

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Okay that's cool Abby!

You say they had a grey at the vets but what else do they have?
 

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Hmm...I can't exactly remember. I think it might be an Amazon? I know the Grey is twenty one years old!
 

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Awesome :biggrin5: I love Amazons. They're so colourful!
 

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All I'm hearing right now is the Hallelujah song.

Minnie is eating her pellets like she eats her seed! :yahoo: And not just a little bit, like alot. Yesterday, I put a lot in her dish, and I didn't really see her eating much, but when I looked in it, there was lots of pellet "dust" and crumbs and my vet told me that if I see that, it means she has been crunching it up with her beak and eating it, so therefore it is a good sign.

I looked at her just a few minutes ago, and she is eating it constantly, like she does when I would give her seed. I am so excited!

We had actually gone in to weigh her on Friday like we were supposed to. I was convinced she hadn't been eating any of the pellets I was giving her. The vet predicted that by Friday, she would have lost 8 grams. She had only lost around 4 or 5 grams. I thought that was curious, since there was no signs that she had eaten any of the pellets.

Now I can't wait to go back to the vet on Monday! I will be so proud if she has gained weight since Friday! :yahoo:
 

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Way to go Minnie!
 

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congrats haha!
 

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Took her in again to weigh her. Strangely, she weighed less than the last vet visit...Not by much, but I had expected her to gain weight. Hmm....
 

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Abby,
The vet wasn't worried, was he?
 

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Hmm that is a bit unusual. I hope everything is okay with her Abby
 

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I think everything will be fine. I think the reason for her weighing more the first time we went into weigh her was because she was not eating the pellets BUT I accidentally left her with seed longer than thirty minutes and she took advantage of it.

The second time, I think the reason she weighed less than the first weighing was because I stopped giving her so much seed because I had seen she was eating the pellets.

Hopefully those are the reasons. We'll just have to wait and see on Wednesday.
 

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Your sunny was just weaned, and is young, right? They'll lose a little weight in the first week or two home because of stress and they'll lose a little weight as they get older - they lose their baby fat :giggle: As long as s/he doesn't lose 10% or more of their overall body weight, you're fine. 10% or more puts them in the danger zone
 
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