Diary as of 1/22 – 2/7/2014
1/22 Look at our Pina: doesn’t she look like a “wild” bird (in any sense of the word ) – sitting on one of her favourite places on the balcony?
And here is one of our circus artists who manage to balance on a very thin line:
1/23 Fifi laid her second egg #16 and Jimi is taking his turns to sit on the eggs again. He IS a faithful and dear husband!!!
1/24 Everything is going normal.
1/25 Today I found Sandy’s place where he sleeps on the balcony full of his vomit. So I gave him a Spartrix in the morning. During the day he seemed to feel better again. I will see how it goes during the night.
1/26 This morning I discovered new vomitted food though. So I grabbed Sandy when he came in to eat with the others. I put him immediately into one of the hospital boxes. I hoped that he wouldn’t become really sick as I caught him early. Apparently his mate had sensed that he had canker and had left him on last Friday. Can you believe this? He was terribly sad and was calling for her the whole day. This really did not help. What a rotten tart – she had promised “in good days and in bad”.
1/27 Sandy is still vomitting – after the 3rd Spartrix – so the canker was worse than I had hoped. I put him additionally on Flagyl and tube fed him baby millet cereal with apple juice and propolis. I also gave him a warm water bottle which I exchanged regularly as he seemed to need additional warmth.
1/28 After 4 days of throwing up Sandy has finally stopped vomitting. Thank heaven. He seems to feel much better. I think he (the only red male of the balcony flock) is on the way to recovery.
1/29 Last night I fed him de-frosted peas to see how he manages non-liquid food. He did very well during the night. His poops have become a bit firmer and he did not vomit. So he will get his medicine for 2 more days and off into freedom again if everything goes well.
It is fascinating: as a patient Sandy is totally obedient, takes his medicine without quarreling and has no problems to be tube fed. On the balcony he is very bossy with the others and never misses a good fight.
This was Sandy and his faithless Adele when they were still so much in love
1/30 Sandy is increasingly feeling better. Tomorrow he will have his last Flagyl portion.
1/31 This morning I gave Sandy his last medicine. If everything goes well he will be out tomorrow again if the weather is dry and nice.
2/1 Sandy is out on the balcony again. He is completely well and had his first bath today even in lovely sunshine together with the others and spent his first night outside as well. He is courting the females and seems to have put his unfaithful wife into the bin of oblivion…
2/2 Sandy is doing very well. His poops look a bit mushy still of course but it takes a little while until it is firming up again. So no worries.
2/3 Micky and Maggy should be coming off their plaster eggs by now…
2/5 The ladies are still on their eggs.
2/7 Now it would have been Fifi’s turn to leave the eggs. But also she is not willing to so yet. What’s the matter with these ladies???