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Date:11/27/2014 3:29:30 PM
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Hi again, Kiwi!
Well, Sunny's blight began after she had laid four eggs after laying another clutch of six about 3 weeks prior . Mom was sitting at the computer, which is in our room, and she noticed that Sunny was walking and acting funny. Then she started throwing up, and throwing up and throwing up! Then you could really tell she was in distress and something was terribly wrong. Of course, it was after 6 PM when all the vet offices close. She did call a local animal hospital but they didn't take birds but they told her about an emergency animal hospital about a half hour away that would see birds. Mom called them and then headed out. The doctor examined her and said she was egg bound and the egg was soft because she had depleted her body of calcium. The egg was too soft for Sunny to push it out. It is a very serious and life threatening. She needed to stay in the hospital. First they would try injections of calcium to see if the egg could become harder so Sunny could push it out or if that didn't work, surgery to break the egg an suck it out. They tried the calcium injections plus other meds to help stop the vomiting. Well, after three days, it worked! She was just hours away from surgery! She was then well enough to go home with six medicines, all given orally for ten days! That was a treat for mom and Sunny! She was then seen by her vet and he suggested Lupron shots to stop the egg laying. It works for a few months and it did the job beautifully. Everything was going along great and then Sunny got a very bad crop infection a few weeks later. It was back to the vet and more medicine for 10 days! This all happened in June and July. Sunny is doing great now but mom needs to get her weight back down. Hens need extra weight to sit on their clutch so they eat as much as possible and that's when the hormones kick in. Sunny needs to lose 10 grams. That means 1/2 teaspoon of seed and 1 teaspoon of pellets a day, nothing more. She should lose it in a week or two. Boy, Kiwi, you are lucky you are a male! That's Sunny's story and we hope you keep warm and safe and we will be back tomorrow with another vote and blog for you!

Birdie hugs & kisses,
Comet
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