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    Sick Bird--22FEB UPDATE!

    Hey everyone. It has been quite a while that I've been on here.

    I recently adopted another Tiel. He was abandoned by the previous owner an has a bit of a medical problem with this wings. I took him into the vet when I first got him and they took care of him. Then this weekend he went down hill. He was at the bottom croner of his cage, sleeping an fluffed up most of the weekend, only eating a little. I took him to the vet this morning and we realized he lost 9 grams (from 80g to 71 since january 23rd!). The problem is that they don't have a specialist at the clinic today. However I left Jalen there and he is now in an incubator at 88 degrees. They are trying to call a specialist in but if she can't come in they will set me up with another specialist in the area. At least he is there now where the techs are keeping an eye on him. I'm so worried though... I love him so much. He has the sweetest personality for what he has gone through...
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    I hope it all works out. Please keep us posted.

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    Thanks Laurie. It is incredible how sweet he is. He just cuddles and wants to be loved. I was told by the vet when I initially took him in that his medical problems with his wings are the result of neglect and possible abuse. This is so upsetting and I just hope we can get him better some. I believe he may have some sort of infection in his tiny body. I'm just so worried about the 9 gram weight loss.

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    hope to hear that he is better soon.

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    I hope he comes through OK....... I will be thinking good thoughts for your baby.
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    Thank you Rhonda and Ellen.

    The vet just called me. Jalen cracked a few seeds and is eating some millet. He does not seem do be taking in fluid so they are giving him some subcutanious fluids. The vet is still on the road but it sounds like she will be coming in to take a look at him. I am about to head down there shortly anyway to pick up my dog. She had surgery today (spaying). I may not be able to take my birdy home tonight. Oh by the way his name is Jalen But he will be in better hands with them than with me.

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    Lisa ...
    Good to see you back on here - but so sad that Jalen is sick. I really hope that he comes through this. He is so lucky to have found someone as loving and caring as you! Good luck!!
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    Thank you Ellen! I just saw youre lovely chicks!

    When my sister and I first saw Jalen we knew he was going to have some problem that required good continous vet care. He was so sweet and incedibly tame considering the home he had come from. We took him with us right away because we were scared the someone who just wanted a tame pet would take him without intentions of thaking him to the vet (which happens so often here in Cali). I'm just happy that I am fortunate enough to have a stable job and that there is absolutly no problem with vet expenses. I just hope I can have him back home soon.

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    I hope Jalen is ok, and gets better soon.

    Sometimes the "special needs" birds are the best! Our Sid is super cuddly, and I know Milover's special needs finch is a sweetheart. Best of luck!

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    Thank you Sara!

    So when I picked my dog up our vet clinic reffered us to another great specialist. So we went there. Jalen had an X-ray done first. They are worried about some sort of metal poisoning. The X-ray was clear abd it gave them the oppertunity to look at the other organs. They are good. So next was a DNA probe to test for Chlamydia. The vet said that his symptoms look like this may be a possibility. This is incredibly scary for me as I have 7 other birds in the house. Although treatable, it is highly contagious. Then to finish Jalen off he got a nice big shot of Doxy (an antiB). So overall Jalen has cost me 600 dollars today! WOW! But he is so sweet and I believe it is all worth it.

    So now he is home. I bought a heating pag that I will put by his cage for extra warmth. Also turned my heat to 77 degrees to make sure the air temerature is good. Hopefully he responds to the anti Bs.

    Oh and it looks as if he is a "special" bird. He just never developed properly. This will be the final diagnosis if everything comes back fine. I will take him in again in a few days for a blood panel. He is just so weak and we didn't want to do it yet.

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    Here are some photos of the cage I set up for him. It's in my bedroom so he is away from the other birds. Now you also know what my little cutie looks like

    OH! And I was able to get him to drink some water. He is perching too
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    What a sweet baby

    So, they think it's chlamydia, but you're still waiting on test results? Sorry if I haven't read your post properly, it's late

    Feel better soon, little Jalen!
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    Ellen that's correct. The DNA test will take about a week to come back but they will rush it.

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    Re: Sick Bird

    Do you guys think it will be okay if I put the heating pad on top of the cage and cover three sides?

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    Re: Sick Bird

    Quote Originally Posted by schlisa View Post
    Do you guys think it will be okay if I put the heating pad on top of the cage and cover three sides?
    Just keep it on the medium heat setting, so it doesn't get too warm. As long as there is still some good air flow, it should be fine. Also make sure there is plenty of water in the cage, just in case Jalen gets thirsty with the extra warmth.

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