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Date:7/25/2014 2:47:38 PM
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Novemebr 20th Spotlight on Caring
Novemebr 20th Spotlight on Caring
Hello every bird, SKY here with our continuing SPOTLIGHT on CARING featuring our good friends Polly, Zippy and their Mom Karen.

SKY; Please continue. Did you get another bird right away?
Mom Karen; No, After taking the opportunity of not having pets to paint and refloor the house,we got another budgie. This time thru the family owned pet store “Preuss”; they advertised in Bird Talk and have a well trained staff in their bird room.
SKY; When did Polly join your family?
Mom Karen; Shortly thereafter, mom was told by another parent at the Middle School that the science teacher was looking to rehome a parrot. This was Polly.
SKY; Did you run into any difficulties when you made the choice to add Polly to your home?
Mom Karen; Polly came to us rather neurotic. We are her 4th known home. She had been taken to a vet and just started on a pelleted diet. Feathers had just started filling in again. She also had a missing toe.

My husband did a bit of looking on the internet about Quakers. Mom just wanted a larger parrot that might live longer than a budgie. Polly was to be my daughter's bird. They did bond well.
Not really understanding the feeding habits of a bigger bird, I may have unintentionally 'starved' Polly initially. She had a food cup FULL of dust or crumbs--but she does not eat dust, crumbs (the cockatiel DOES she eats the pellet dust, crumbs), so I was waiting for the food dish to go down.
My daughter was in high school with all the activities of that time of life. Polly did not get consistent attention, though she did appear in a few video projects.
SKY; Was there any problems that developed from this inconsistent interaction?
Mom Karen; He started pulling feathers again, so I took him to MSU to a vet who taught avian vet medicine. She is the mother-in-law of one of the two avian vets we see at the vet clinic we use. She did not push me to get the $200+ blood work done, and my spouse is not keen on spending on pets, so that was not done until this vet retired and we saw our current vet. He did NOT ask, just did and charged. But that began me becoming VERY familiar with the clinic.

Polly needed vitamin A injections a couple times each year. We tried several kinds of collars. We tried the vet version of prozac. Eventually we took him off the drug because he was too lethargic. Thru the process of being on this drug I had to learn HOW to inject him. That was a bit nerve wracking for me.
See you next week with the conclusion of our interview with Polly, Zippy and Mom Karen.
with a heart filled with love
SKY
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