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We have 2 green cheeks and were at the vet with one of them. We were so excited to see this adorable lorikeet in a cage there. We were fussing over him and a worker asked if we were interested in adopting him because his owner was ill and could no longer care for him. We were ecstatic! We contacted the owner and she was pleased to find a family who would love and care for him. So here he is.. ;)


Mom uploaded a Video of me playing in my birdie room yesterday and posted it on here. Check me out. I am so cute! look up mango playing in the playing section of the videos.. Cya later.. hugs xxxx Mango 3/22/10
Mom also put up another video that is the cutest video ever! Look me up .. Mango playing in his tree. ;)


Thank you for voting me bird of the day on 4/20. I had the greatest time ever because of all of you!
Everybirdie on the BC is so special to me..I love you all! Hugs Mango

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Hi! My name is * Mango*

I am a Rainbow Lory from Boynton Beach, FL.

Punkit,cutes , poops ,sweetie, baby and chicken, chicken potpie and chicken dumpling too..

5 years old   M

Rainbow Lory

Any fruit or fruit juice, nectar..Grapes and pumpkin bread are the best!

On my mom and dad or im trying to Jump on the dogs back. Or I sometimes sneak over by the fish tank when no one's looking to stir things up! I also have my own tree outside on our screened patio!

Mom or Dad touching MY stuff!
And..eating in front of this bird is rudeeee and I will letcha know!!!


Mom and Dad give me lots of love , kisses and attention and they dont get mad at me when I poop EVERY where because of my special diet. ;)

talking into the paper towel rolls and laughing..I whistle and Im always talking to Myself while splish splashing in my bath tub! I laugh and say hey baby, Hi birdy and Hi Peete hi peete..Peete and Paulie also taught me how to say bad bad bad! hmmmm.. Wonder where they got that from?
My new words areeee.. .squeeze the beak!gimmee kiss gimmee kiss! And peek-a-boo!
My new words this week areeee are..take a bath! Go ahead mango take a bath..
I don't wanna sound braggy butttt.. I also say.. stop it ..stop that.and.. Wheres daddy ..hi daddy. Hi Hi hi Mango.Birdie birdie birdie birdie birdie!
Would you concider ticking like a bomb that sounds like its about to explode a quirky habit? heehee...
I make the noise of the phone ringing. I also say..Hi mango and go to bed go ahead common mango go to bed . hi daddy,wheres daddy! I imitate my squeeky food doors too..that means..give me food!! I say hello when the phone rings..I sneeze when someone sneezes..
I have also mastered my dog barking skills! I am even better then the Dog at it!! ;)
My newest word is... shut up sheena shut up!
hi birdie, birdie birdie birdie birdie birdie!
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mine mine mine!!! Back away from the toys buddy !!!!

Go PHOENIX BASE FLYERS!!Lets kick some tail feather!!!
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  Hey Mango!
Too bad your moms vacation is over but it sure sounds like she had a great time! So nice to meet up with birdie friends!
Paulie and Peetie are chewing their feathers? What did Dixies mom send to you.....did it work?
Hope you have a great day!
Love,
Raffikki

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04/17/2014 06:36.00 AM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Mango!
Ah, sounds like your Mom had a great vacation! Of course, I bet you would have loved to go along! And what is it with your fibs? Hormones? Missing your Mom? I chew at my leg feathers when I get all hormonal. So far, Mom is keeping her fingers crossed that I don't try more of that plucky stuff.

Here is the latest on Mom's job search. She did not get an offer from the office place, but they wanted to know if she could start on Monday. There was no talk about any pay, either. Here is the c/p on it:

Well, Mom took off so early this morning and did not take me with! For shame. And when she came home she did not bring me back anything--I mean, how cruel can that be?! She had her interview at the place her friend works through. They were very nice, and Mom said that she knows she could do the job. She took a look at the stuff they did, and she already thought about how much paper they used, and would not have to...but there are only two computers. And there are three or more people working there. So Mom said she would think it over, as the pay is super low. There are no benefits. And it is farther from home, and the hours are right in the middle of rush hour both going there and coming home. If Mom was already on early retirement, it would be perfect. She is not, and she knows that Social Security is based off the last 3 years of pay, so she would be really low this year. And she would miss doing her computer work!

She got to have a phone interview with Harley-Davidson today, and the job there sounds super. It is closer, and more like what Mom did at the old job. She would love it. Then another job came along at Johnson Controls, and Mom would absolutely love that job (through an agency, no bennies but a ridiculously high amount of pay, who cares?). So she is gong to send in her information for that one. That one is a temp to permanent job.

So...she is going to hold out for a little bit longer. She does not want to take the job with the low pay and leave if something better comes along. She doesn't do stuff like that.

And today she wore her glasses to fill out some stuff, and I did not like her wearing them. So I tried to pierce her ear! Luckily, no skin broke and there was no bleeding. She said it sure hurt. Well hey, those glasses had to go!!! I don't know why I got a time out on my playgym though. The glasses should have!

It was supposed to be nice here today, but still a little chilly. Hoping we get warmer, but the sun was nice to see today. And after Mom got over the ear thing, we had a super day, too. Nice cuddle time!

Your buddy,
Kaji

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04/16/2014 07:31.00 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
Having a pretty nice day here today, even though Mom left this morning to get her nails done. She also stopped by the eye doc's to talk to them about the stupid secondary insurance thinking Medicare should be paying the bills from when my mom's eyes were messed up, but Mom is only on Medicare for overnight stays in the hospital. Doc was very cool about it, because they have had the problem before with other patients. They will bill Medicare, be declined and then the insurance co will have to pay. She also spent about 20 minutes on the phone with our primary insurance about the fact they are not covering our prescriptions properly. The lady finally admitted it and ordered an audit. Insurance stinks! But you have to have it.

Now for the eggciting news. As you may remember when Mom first got my new and larger outside carrier for my sunbaths I wanted nothing to do with it. Then I finally allowed Mom to put me in it, and once I was there I was fine. Today I climbed into it myself for the first time with no griping all ready for my sunbath! Good thing it was already warm outside. Mom took nutriberries out with us, because she was so pleased with me and kept telling me what a good boy I am. Of course I am a good boy. That's what I keep telling her, silly lady.

Kiddo

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04/16/2014 02:33.10 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango!
Thank you for making my BOTD honor so very special! We will be praying for sweet Peetie that all goes well with him. Love and winghugs, Doo

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04/02/2014 06:15.25 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Mango
To night at the KB its cartoon night in the movie tent. There is Fresh popcorn, JuJu Beans, Boston baked beans, Snow Balls, Hot Talmolys, Slow Poke, Milk Duds, Cotton Candy & Rollos.

Gen Ms BB

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03/30/2014 07:57.19 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Mango!
Happy Saturday to you! Hope this weekend finds you well & doing what you like to do the most. Me, I’m watching Mom do work as usual. She has helped me a lot during the Pirate Pearl Adventure & voting for all those 10 grand wannabes. I do hope all of you running for that make it in leaps and bounds! Have you any plans this weekend? I’m just getting ready for the Milonga tonight & hope to see you there! Remember, it starts at 8pm at page #165848.
See ya soon & hugs to all, SamIAm

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03/29/2014 01:47.30 PM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Mango!
The sun was out today, but there sure was a bit of a nip in the air. Mom and I stayed inside, which was fine with me. Mom found out she did not get the job close to home, but she did get submitted for a job that would be truly perfect for her. So she is hopeful. Now I love Mom being home with me, but I know she misses working. Why, I don't know. Anyway, tomorrow we might hit 50 degrees. Sure wish it would be warmer so I could go outside, but at least I know spring is coming sometime soon. And if Grandpa would move, we would go someplace where jobs are--Mom is not going to move away without him...He doesn't want to move, even if it would be nicer weather. Keep your wings crossed that Mom gets this job!!

Your buddy,
Kaji

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03/13/2014 07:12.41 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
Well, Dad goes back to work on Monday. He is not 100%, and the doc would like to see him take another month. However legally the 90 days Dad is allowed is up th 17th. He hopes to at least hang in there till the end of the year to get all the medical stuff he and Mom need done while they have his good insurance.
Mom ran bunches of errands today, including a stop at both of her libraries. Although I had her both before and after, that still seems unfair to me. She was gone for hours!! Doesn't she realize that I am much more important than any of those things she "thought" she had to do?

The worst part of it was that she got home too late for me to get a sunbath. I sure better get one tomorrow, or she is in big trouble!

Well, the Basketball championship is down to the wire. The Warriors and my team mates, the BC Lakers, are tied up. Be sure to come see the final game next Monday. May the best team win! (Sure hope it is the Lakers...)

Kiddo

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03/13/2014 04:30.05 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
How are u sweetie? Well, it looks like luck is on our side today! Our county was supposed to get 10 plus inches of snow from late Saturday night thru Monday 1pm, but it's been down graded to 3-6 inches...tho it's snowing pretty good right now! Luckily, it looks like the g-kids will have a 2 he delay instead of A cancellation...all snow days have been used & any more missed days must be made up at end of school year.
Today, we will finish the Parrot's Bill of Rights.

A PARROT'S BILL OF RIGHTS (Pt 2)
7. PLEASE DON'T PUNISH ME.
Just as I don't always understand ur peculiarities, u may not understand mine. I don't TRY to get in trouble - remember...a house is NOT the jungle. If I DO screw up, don't yell at me & NEVER hit me! I have very sensitive ears & I may never trust u again if u strike me. Hands are sometimes scary things to us. (Why in the world would u not be zygodactylous like us?) Even more importantly, we don't learn by punishment. We are gentle creatures who only strike back to protect ourselves; we learn through patience & love.
8. SPEAK MY "LANGUAGE".
I know u get upset with me when I knock over my water bowl, throw food, scream or pluck my feathers. I don't do these to annoy u - I am probably trying to tell u something (perhaps that I am hurting, lonely, or sad). Learn to speak MY (body) language. Remember that I, alone of all creatures on this planet, learn to speak yours!
9. SEE ME AS AN INDIVIDUAL.
I am a unique & feeling being. No two of us are alike. Please don't be disappointed in me if I don't talk like u wanted, or can't do the tricks that ur friend's parrot can do. But if u pay close attention to me (& I always empathize with u, whether u know it or not), I will show u a unique being who will give u so much more than talking & playing. Give me a chance to show u who I am; I think you'll find the effort worth it. And remember - I am NOT an ornament; I DO NOT enhance ANY living room decor. And I am NOT a status symbol - if u use me as such, I might nip at your turned-up nose!
10. SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME.
Above all, PLEASE remember that u are my Special Person. I put all my trust & faith in u. We parrots are used to being monogamous (no bar-hopping for us!) So please don't go away for long periods or give me away. That would be a sadness from which I may never recover.
If that seems to be asking a lot, remember - u could have learned about my needs BEFORE bringing me home. Even having a baby or taking a new job isn't a fair reason - you made a commitment to me FIRST! And if u think that u must leave me because u might die, provide for me forever after u leave. I may live to a ripe old age but I can't provide for myself. Remember I'm in a small cage amongst people who are NOT of my blood.
AWE SHUCKS! Blog too long & cut off! Will finish last part tomorrow & continue with first aid - poisoning & toxicity. See u tomorrow sweetie!
Love & a vote
Tia

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03/02/2014 04:11.36 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
How are u sweetie? Congrats to my BBFF Snowflake for winning BOTM! She will be an amazing queen!

A PARROT'S BILL OF RIGHTS. by Stewart A. Metz, M.D.
1. GET TO KNOW ABOUT PARROTS BEFORE U BRING ME HOME.
I am NOT a domesticated pet like a dog or cat. I still have the spirit of the jungle in me. I have special needs, which u may find it hard to fill. Please don't learn these too late for my well-being. And please don't acquire one of my cousins wild from the jungle...it will jeopardize his survival & well-being, & that won't be a party for u either!
2. GIVE ME THE LARGEST HOME POSSIBLE.
I am used to flying through rainforests or savannahs. I have given up this great gift for ur pleasure. At the very least, give me enough room to flap my wings & exercise. And o need toys for my amusement & wood to chew...otherwise, I might confuse ur home with the forest & its trees.
3. GIVE ME A NUTRITIOUS DIET.
I need a wide variety of fresh & nutritious foods, even if they take time to prepare. I cannot survive on seed alone. Take time to learn what mynneeds are.
4. LET ME HAVE A "SOCIAL LIFE".
I am a gregarious flock animal...but I am NOT one of u. I need lots of socialization to learn how to act with u, & with my siblings. I also need to have adequate quality time with u every day - no matter what it schedule or other needs are. I am a living, feeling creature. Above all, I need to be able to have complete trust in u, & count on ur predictability in looking after me - EVERY DAY.
5. LET ME BE CLEAN.
I may like to drop food or even throw it, but I need meticulous cleanliness to be healthy. My skin itches without frequent showers, the barbs of my feathers won't seal if they become oily & worst of all, I may become ill if my food & water is not always sanitary.
6. I NEED MY OWN DOCTOR.
U may not understand my physiology & therefore u may not recognize it early on when I get sick. And it may be too late when u do, because I hide my illnesses (remember what I said about my being an animal of the jungle, where there are lots of predictors). And I need an avian vet - a specialisy (no HMOs for me please). If u can't afford one, perhaps u shouldn't have taken me home.
I will send u the 2nd part tomorrow. Have a great day sweetie!
Love & a vote
Tia

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03/01/2014 01:11.00 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
How are u sweetie? WOW, did this month fly by! I can't believe this is my last day as ur BOTM queen! But I'm very happy & excited for my dear friend Snowflake, who will be my successor! First thing tomorrow, I will hand over the castle keys, & take her by the wing & give her the grand tour of her new home for the month!
Tomorrow, I will send u the first part of A Parrot's Bill of Rights. It's like a parrot owners manual, short version, with a bit of comic relief added in! Today, I will finish A Parrot's Prayer. I have to warn u, the second part is as heartbreaking as the first, & will leave a lump in ur throat.

A PARROT'S PRAYER (cont.)
LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER...
For all the macaws, cockatoos, amazons & conures that are stripped of their vocal cords for screaming; their sensitive beaks cut back to prevent biting.
LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER...
For all birds that end up for sale in pet shops or breeders like used merchandise, unwanted & frightened in strange surroundings with nothing more than the familiar sight of bars on a cage.
LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER...
For all the neglected birds that are sick with infections from filthy conditions & malnourishment that may never recover & know what it is like to feel healthy & be playful.
LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER...
For all the misconceived parrots who were beaten, stabbed, blinded & burned for just being a parrot.
LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER...
For every african grey, cockatoo & macaw that punishes itself by maiming their bodies & plucking their feathers & for those who have lost all spirit of life & sway their head low from side to side slowly into insanity.
LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER...
We ask humbly of you dear Lord to look upon all of your magnificent feather creations, protect them from evil & harm caused by man & to bring forth an awakening in the human heart & make it a kinder, gentler world for all captive birds.
AMEN.
Written by Sally Brooks

Every time mom reads this, her eyes fill with tears & she holds me a little closer & gives me extra kisses. As much as she loves me, she just can't imagine people being so despicable to do these things to these wondrous & magnificent creatures! I know that everybirdy's moms feel the same way...especially the moms that have rehomed birds and rescues, who have given a home to broken & battered birds...& God bless each one of you! I hope u have a great day, & I'll see u tomorrow sweetie!
Love & a vote
Queen TiaMaria

Mom would like to thank everybirdy for their encouragement & support for her quitting smoking...it really means a lot to her! She has been "quitting" for the last year or so with not much success! She is sooooo happy that the Lord took away withdrawal torture! Mom could never quit before coz she could never make it past the 3 weeks of torturous withdrawal symptoms. But this time she had no physical withdrawal at all...which is truly a blessing from God!
Love
T

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02/28/2014 04:29.28 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
How are u sweetie! I meant to be back sooner, but since mom is feeling a lot better, she has been busy! Plus giving me attention is a full time job! It's been over a month & mom still isn't smoking! That's another reason mom hasn't been online much...it's an activity she associates with smoking & the only time she craves one, but it's starting to go away! There is still a lot of first aid info I would like to go over, but first, we would like to share a couple things that are in one of mom's books. Both are very thought provoking & also very true. I will start with A PARROT'S PRAYER, (which is incredibly sad & infuriating!, then A PARROT'S BILL OF RIGHTS. Each should take 2 days.

A PARROT'S PRAYER
LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER...
For all the wild caught parrots so savagely netted & swept away from their families while their babies, dumped into burlap sacks, cried out in terror.
LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER...
For all the exotic birds that witnessed the destruction of all the blessed trees & fled fires in fear from man's thirst to dominate, stripping the land of all its inhabitants, leaving nothing but bare ground behind.
LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER...
For all the parrots that struggled through the capture, but died merciless in transport from the stress of overcrowded, barbaric, confinements & inconceivable horror.
LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER...
For all the survivors that made it into captivity but exist in a nightmare of confinement unable to use their God given wings of flight as they once remembered.
LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER...
For all the baby birds bred in captivity whose crops burned or have died needlessly from harshness of human hands.
LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER...
For all captive birds that have been erased from their owner's consciousness & are abandoned to a lifeless existence with only a distant memory of what it was like to hear a gentle voice from someone that used to care.
LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER...
For all those helpless creatures who don't know what it's like to live life as a bird or even to feel the breeze or sunlight but are doomed to darkness in closets or garages, trapped inside covered cages or shackled.

Heartbreaking, isn't it? I will finish the Parrot's Prayer tomorrow. Have a great day sweetie!
Love & a vote
Queen Tia

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02/27/2014 08:09.17 PM Report This Comment  
  Mango!!!!
Wow, greyt to hear from ya! And glad to hear that Callie slowed down the eggs--and is not too interested in them. Hopefully that will mean she will stop laying them?!

Well, Mom is still looking for a job. Things were good in the beginning of January. She thought she would have one of a couple jobs based on the interviews. Turns out none came thru. She was pretty depressed for a couple weeks this month. Nothing has been coming in and she has not had any interviews. She applies but doesn't hear anything back. Or she gets rejection emails--and those are appreciated, as she will be able to at least have an answer. I have been cheering her up. And she said that she can't be sitting around searching for jobs all the time, so she is doing her 4 per week, and then getting into the closets to find out what is in those boxes she hasn't opened for years! I supervise her, and that is the best part. I like doing that!!!

So we are bearing up thru a never ending winter here. Tomorrow is the umpteenth visit of the Polar Vortex. And we sure do hope spring is coming.

Has your Mom been over to FB yet? Oh, the pictures of your cousins that are wild is something. You should check it out!!

Great to hear from ya!!! Don't be a stranger, okay?!

Your buddy,
Kaji

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02/25/2014 06:30.59 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
Long time, no see. So greyt to hear from you. Glad to hear Callie is doing pretty well with the egg thing.

Mom is just about recovered from her shoulder surgery. She is back at the gym most days, although right now she is having issues with an eye irritation in reaction to her contacts. She is taking drops that seem to do the job.

I am being a brat and refusing to get into my outside carrier for a sunbath. It was supposed to be too chilly today for one, but then the sun came out and warmed things just enough. I wasn't having any of it though. I will probably regret it since the next week is supposed to be in the low 60s with even a chance of rain on Thursday (Toesies crossed. This drought has killed our lawn and flowers.)

Dad is at the kidney doc's office this afternoon. Hopefully he will be able to come up with a plan to strengthen his hemoglobin, so he can go back to work next month. Otherwise Dad might be ought of a job, and there goes the insurance. None of our doctors take Obamacare, so we are really hoping for a kidney solution today.

Kiddo

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02/25/2014 02:27.19 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
How are u sweetie? What a month I'm having! I'M THE QUEEN, but I've been banished to the dungeon (my cage is in sissy's basement)! Mom had been sick, so I don't understand why she went on vacation for 4 days to a place called a hospital! She won a trip there coz she had something called pneumonia. It seems to have been a good place for her to go coz she doesn't look like a walking zombie anymore! Another good thing that came out of her trip was that she quit smoking! It's been 3 weeks since she smoked one of those nasty things! Mom always smoked outside, & never around me, but she always smelled of those yucky things. Mom is happy, she tried to quit dozens of times but was never successful. Mom was sooooo sick, that she didn't even suffer withdrawal! Being sick gave mom a wake-up call...she struggled to breathe the last couple weeks & that scared the crap out of her! Also, not buying any cigarettes these last 3 weeks, she's had a bunch of extra money (to spend on ME of course! In the next couple days, I will resume birdie first aid blogs. I still have lots of first aid info that I want to share with all my birdie friends!

Oh, I wanted to share with all my dear friends. .my sissy Amanda's biopsy came back NORMAL!!!! We are sooooo relieved & so thankful to God that sissy doesn't have cancer! Mom was having a hard trying to pretend everything was fine so that sissy wouldn't be quite as scared! The ENT Doc seems to think it may caused by something viral. Sissy isn't going to bother pursuing it right now, but sometime in the future! First aid blogs will start back up again in the next day or 2, mom is trying to get things in order after being in the hospital. See u soon sweetie!
Love & a vote
Queen TiaMaria

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02/13/2014 05:37.37 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Mango!
Sorry I have been out of commission lately. Mom started out with a stomach virus, then it would move on to other places until last week she found she had pleurisy at her rheumatologist's visit, then he sent Mom to her internist & Mom was put on some antibiotics. She's been trying to "catch up" since all of this.

Mom has an iPad Mini that she's been using while she's been getting better. That is good because it has helped her keep up on FB & email but the BC loads so slow on that iPad that it times out most of the tries that she does. Mom thought it was something maybe she was doing wrong, or something wrong with the iPad but nope. It's the BC!! So, here I am finding out I've missed bird days & hatchdays & other important dates that must be remembered.

I hope you & all your flock are doing well. Hugs for all, SamIAm

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02/08/2014 10:36.27 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
DAY 31
How are u sweetie? It's been a rough week here! Sissy had her biopsy on Wednesday. She's a little bit sore, but not too bad. The Dr said she would have sissy's results in a week. Mom has a horrible case of bronchitis & hasn't been out of bed since last Saturday, except for a Drs appt on Tuesday & chest x-ray on Thursday! Mom is going to have to make another appt. She's finished her antibiotic & is feeling worse instead of feeling better.

I want to thank each one of my dear friends for all ur support during my campaign, it has really meant a lot to me! I want to thank everybirdy that put my name & page # on their name tags...that really meant a lot to me! I would like to give sweet Momma Deb a special thanks for all the awesome campaign pics that she made for me! If it wasn't for Momma Deb, I wouldn't have had any pics!

Mom ALMOST forgot my Hatchday, good thing sissy remembered! I'm sure it's the fever & lack of sleep!

There is still lots & lots of first aid info that I want to share with u! I will continue doing blogs! It should take up all of Feb, maybe March too! Mom is going to get this blog out, then spoil me the rest of my Hatchday! She needs to start treating me like a queen!
Love & a vote
Tia
Has anyone heard from JennyLynn? Her page is missing.

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01/31/2014 07:50.18 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
DAY 26 -- NO BLOG #25
How are u sweetie? I wonder if anybirdy else had trouble getting on BC yesterday? I kept getting kicked off every time I tried to leave a blog, so I'll do yesterday's blog today.
Today, we will discuss:
DANGEROUS FOODS
In general, foods which are safe & healthy for parrots to eat. However, there are exceptions. These are a few examples of foods to avoid:
ALCOHOL -- Avoid completely; consumption can lead to brain damage & death.
APPLE SEEDS -- Contain cyanide. (All pits & seeds from fruits are best avoided.)
AVOCADO -- (Including guacamole.)vPit contains cyanide, which can leech from pit into the avocado flesh. Avoid completely; consumption is known to have caused death within hours.
CHOCOLATE -- Avoid completely; consumption of even small quantities can cause rapid onset of hyperactivity, vomiting, diarrhea, heartbeat irregularities, seizures, & death. If u suspect ur bird has ingested chocolate, administer 1 cc of Pepto-Bismol & rush ur bird to an avian vet.
CAFFEINE -- Includes caffeinated beverages, coffee grounds, & tea bags or ice tea crystals. See symptoms & treatment listed under chocolate.
FAT -- AVOID feeding high fat foods; excess fat over time can cause fatty liver disease, obesity, diarrhea & oily feather texture. Excess fat in the diet can also interfere with the absorption of other nutrients, such as calcium.
ONIONS: -- Excessive amounts of cooked or raw onions can be toxic to ur bird. Too many onions in the diet can destroy red blood cells & cause anemia, jaundice, & bloody urine.
RHUBARB LEAVES -- Avoid completely; consumption can cause death.
SALT -- Consumption can cause excessive drinking & urinating, depression, neurologic hyperactivity, tremors & death. When necropsied, birds having consumed excessive amounts of salt show a great deal of fluid buildup in the brain & hemorrhaging. Mushrooms, garlic, Mistletoe, tobacco, batteries, some coins, mirror backing, foil, are some other examples or bird poisons. We will cover toxic plants & heavy metal next. Here's hoping BC is back to normal. I suspected that there was a problem, coz at 6pm yesterday, I hadn't received any blogs. When I got on BC this morning, there was blogs there from yesterday...strange! This is the first time I didn't have a bog that I can't blame mom! I hope u had a good day & I'll see u tomorrow!
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01/27/2014 01:27.27 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
DAY 24
How are u sweetie? Today, we will continue with POISONS -- HOME TREATMENT. First, I would like thank everybirdy for their prayers & kind words of encouragement. It really means a lot to us! I would also like to give a great big thank you to sweet Momma Deb for yet another fantastic campaign pic! I would not have had any campaign pics if it wasn't for Momma Deb, THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!!!
POISONING -- HOME TREATMENT
First, try to determine what may have poisoned ur pet. Birds can be poisoned by inhaling fumes, by ingesting a poisonous plant or chemical, or by coming in contact with a poison on their skin.
WHAT YOU CAN DO AT HOME:
IF BY ACIDS, ALKALIS, OR PETROLEUM PRODUCTS: make the bird swallow mulk, mixed with Pepto-Bismol, egg white, or olive oil. DO NOT induce vomiting!!
IF BY OTHER: Induce vomiting. Use mustard & water solution put at back of the throat.
IF KNOWN: Call poison control center. (If burned, SEE BURNS, blog #18).
VETERINARY TREATMENT
Stabilizing the bird is most important, especially if she is in shock (blog #11), convulsing (blog #22), or having breathing problems (blog #17). A complete physical & general supportive care will be administered. If ingested, medication can be given to reduce the absorption of the poison into the bloodstream.
PREVENTION
You can help prevent poisoning in ur bird by following these steps:
*Make sure food & water is always fresh.
*Wash all fruits & vegetables before serving them to ur bird.
*Keep potentially poisonous household products out of ur bird's reach.
*Do not let ur bird fly free in the kitchen or bathroom.
*Do not use products with strong fumes, such as cleaning products, around ur bird.
*Do not use fungicides, herbicides, insecticides or rodenticides around ur bird without consulting ur avian vet.
*Do not let ur bird near ur houseplants.
*Do not leave cigarettes or other tobacco products where ur bird can reach them. Ideally,do not smoke around ur bird, either.
*Do not use nonstick cookware because overheated nonstick items can emit potentially fatal fumes for ur bird.
*Immediately consult ur avian vet. If u suspect any potential poisoning problems in ur pet.
Tomorrow, we will cover DANGEROUS FOODS & POISONOUS PLANTS. Sweet dreams sweetie, see u tomorrow!
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01/24/2014 11:05.13 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
DAY 23
Hi everyone, I'm Sandy, TiaMaria's mom. Before I start today's blog, I would like to ask my dear BC friends to pray for my oldest daughter, Amanda. She is 31 & is the mom of my 3 grandkids. She went to the Dr on Tuesday because she was getting concerned about having swollen lymph nodes. The Dr was concerned & ordered a CT scan, which she had done yesterday morning. The results were given to the Drs office & they called my daughter & told her she needs to have a biopsy done. The Drs office scheduled her appt with the surgeon before they even called my daughter, she has an appt to see a surgeon tomorrow, coz they want the biopsy done ASAP. Dr told her they want the biopsy done to rule out lymphoma. We are all nervous wrecks over this. I appreciate any?all prayers for her. Thank you.
Today, we will start discussing POISONING & TOXICITY.
POISONING
Some poisons can kill a bird quickly. Others can cause clinical signs ranging from a mild digestive tract upset to a violent illness. If ur bird is poisoned & u are unable to reach ur avian vet, u should call an animal poison control center. I have the phone #s for two:
(1). ASPCA ANIMAL POISON CONTROL CENTER -- 1-888-ANI-HELP or, 1-888-426-4435 ($60.00 per case). The $60.00 consultation fee may be charged to ur credit card.

(2). NATIONAL ANIMAL POISON CONTROL CENTER (NAPCC). The NAPCC is located at the University of Illinois. Phones are answered 24 hours a day, & each call is handled by a vet who is specially trained in animal poisoning. There is a $65.00 charge per case, but it could mean the difference between life & death for ur bird. The NAPCC's numbers are: 1-800-548-2423 (billed as a flat rate of $65.00) or 900-680-0000 (billed on a per-minute basis.
SIGNS -- A poisoned bird may suddenly regurgitate, develop diarrhea, bloody droppings, redness or burns around her mouth, go into convulsions, become paralyzed, go into shock or any number or other abnormalities. Tomorrow, we will continue with POISONING, starting with HOME TREATMENT. Hope u had a good day, see u tomorrow!
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01/23/2014 10:14.49 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
DAY 22
How are u sweetie? BRRRR! It's a cold day today! At 10am, it's still 3 degrees BELOW ZERO! Supposed to have a high of 5 degrees! My blog yesterday was too long & got cut off. I will first finish up: HEATSTROKE
PREVENTION
You can reduce ur bird's chances of suffering heatstroke by keeping her out of direct sun, providing her with ample supplies of clean, fresh water & not keeping her in a car on a hot day. Interior temps in a car can rise quickly during hot weather, which can cause serious problems for all pets.
For about the next week, starting tomorrow, we will be discussing POISONING & TOXICITY. Today, we will cover CONVULSIONS, as this is a symptom of poisoning.
CONVULSIONS (SEIZURES)
A convulsion, which is a series of violent & involuntary muscle contractions, indicates that there is a very serious underlying medical problem. Convulsions are not a diagnosis, rather they are the result of any number of problems that include head trauma, infection, lead poisoning, some nutritional deficiencies, low blood sugar, low blood calcium, heatstroke, neurological disease & epilepsy (brain malfunction causing recurring seizures.
SIGNS --In the minutes before a convulsion a bird may appear apprehensive & restless. A convulsion may only affect a single wing or leg or could involve the entire body or affected limb. The bird may also lose her balance & fall to the floor or even lose consciousness. Convulsions usually last only a few seconds, but can last a minute or two. The time interval between them can vary. They may occur a few minutes apart, or they may occur days or even months apart. There is no effective home treatment for convulsions. The underlying cause must be determined & treated to prevent further episodes. Remove objects from bird's cage, such as toys & perches, to protect her from further injury. This. Is an emergency & ur avian vet will want to examine ur bird immediately. Medication is available to control convulsions. However, to actually prevent them from occurring, the underlying cause should be determined.
See u tomorrow sweetie, pleasant dreams!
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Tia

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01/22/2014 09:25.12 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
DAY 21----No BLOG #20
How are u sweetie? Today, we will cover FROSTBITE & HEATSTROKE.
FROSTBITE (HYPOthermia)
Frostbite is an emergency because, in a moderate case, the bird's toes could be lost; or, in a severe case, the bird could die.
SIGNS -- The frostbitten area will be very painful, cold & hard to the touch. After several days the affected area may become very hard, dry & dark black in color.
HOME TREATMENT -- place the bird in a warm environment (85° to 90°F.). U can use a heat lamp or a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel. Take extreme care not to burn the bird. Warm up the damaged tissue very gradually in a warm circulating water bath. Food & water should be easily accessible to bird. Monitor the air temp to avoid overheating. Determine the cause of the chilling. Watch for signs of shock (blog #11). If it is due to environmental conditions such as power outage or drafts, fix the problem or locate the bird. Ur avian vet will want to examine ur bird.
VETERINARY TREATMENT -- Ur avian vet will warm the bird gradually by placing her in an incubator & administering intravenous (IV) fluids. Ur avian vet will want to examine the bird.
PREVENTION -- Keep birds indoors during extremely cold weather. Most pet birds can tolerate outdoor temps that dip down to 30°F. Cold temps combined with dampness &/or wind will create an ideal environment for frostbite to develop. Birds housed outdoors in cold weather should not be kept on metal perches.
HEATSTROKE (HYPERthermia)
Overheated birds can go into shock quickly.
Heatstroke most commonly occurs if:
*The bird is kept in a cage in direct sunlight where there is no shade or shelter from the sun.
*A bird is in a vehicle with the windows closed or with inadequate ventilation.
*Too much supplemental heat, in the form of a heat lamp or heating pad, is supplied.
*The bird is wrapped in a towel (a common method of restraint) for an excessive length of time.
SIGNS -- An environment that is very warm & a bird that is panting, holding her wings down & away from her body. The bird will also be extremely weak & could go into shock or a coma. Overheating tends to occur more commonly in birds that are overweight, so keep ur bird at its ideal weight. Heatstrokevi?+
HOME TREATMENT -- First, remove the bird from her hot environment & place her in a cool area. Start to reduce her body temp by placing her in an air-conditioned room, in front of a fan, or spraying her with cool water from a misting bottle. Make sure the feathers are wet to the skin. Offer the bird cool water to drink if she is able, or begin to give her a few drops of cool water by mouth. Contact ur avian vet's office for further instructions.
VETERINARY TREATMENT -- In addition to general supportive care, the patient will be placed in a cool, well-oxygenated & moist environment. Dehydration can be treated by administering fluids. The bird should be closely monitored for at least 24 hours.
PREVENTION -- You can reduce ur bird's chances of

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01/21/2014 03:30.26 PM Report This Comment  
  How's It Goin' Mango? You Aren't Gonna Believe...
...this! This is true & happened in the wee hours of this morning. What A Strange Day. And It Started With A Cat! Mom was all snuggled into her nice bed, one of those Temperpedic Beds that has a remote control to make the head part go up & down & also the feet/legs go up & down. She was peacefully sleeping & minding her own business when CooCoo Kitty CocoPuff steps on the remote…BOTH buttons at the same time & the bed starts to fold Mom up like a sandwich! Her sleeping on her side & having a bad back, well, she woke up wondering, “WHAT THE HEY?!!” She looked over to see CocoPuff, with an evil grin I imagine, standing there all innocent looking. She was lookin’ at Mom like, “Wha? I haven’t done anything!” Well, the bed moves fast & even though Mom pushed her off the remote that was setting on her nightstand, her back was hurt. Today, Mom would like to present the letter “V”. Yep. That’s her cracked back there at the pointy part! The rest of the day Mom sat with me & nursed her back with ice packs & heating pads. She’d growl at CooCooPuff when she’d stroll by with that smirk on her face. BOY, would I have LOVED to fly after her & give her fluffy tail a real good BITE!! No, I didn’t do it. Mom was already stressed out with the pain so I didn’t make her feel worse. No, I loved on her & sang her the new song she introduced to me a couple of weeks ago. Heehee! It’s about Satellites! Hope you have a nice evening. Hugs for all, SamIAm

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01/19/2014 09:23.19 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
DAY 19
How are u sweetie? Today, we will cover CONCUSSIONS & DIARRHEA (I guess we can call it "heads or tails")?!
CONCUSSION
A concussion is caused by a blow to the head & could lead to unconsciousness. This type of injury frequently occurs when a bird crashes into walls, windows, etc when flying freely through the house. Place ur injured bird in a dark quiet place & consciousness occurs, or ur bird does not rapidly return to normal, emergency vet care is critical.
DIARRHEA
Diarrhea can cause dehydration & a loss of nutrients. Diarrhea is actually uncommon in pet birds. Excessive urine is much more common & frequently mistaken for diarrhea. Remember, if the stool is solid & formed, it IS NOT diarrhea. Increased urine will, however, cause the stool to become wet & slightly loose. Causes of diarrhea can include diet (sudden change in type of food or spoiled food), intestinal infection, poisoning, ingestion of a foreign object, parasites, generalized diseases, egg laying or egg-binding, overtreatment with antibiotics & stress.
SIGNS -- The signs of diarrhea are loose, watery & unformed stool.
HOME TREATMENT -- If ur bird has diarrhea, remove any non-food items which she may be chewing. Feed a bland diet of soft fresh foods, such as pasta, rice, beans & cooked oatmeal. U might consider giving Pepto-Bismol or Kaopectate in the following doses:
Finches/canaries: 4 drops every 4 hrs
"Budgies": 6 drops every 4 hrs
Cockatiels: 10 drops (0.5cc) every 4 hrs
Amazons: 20 drops (1cc) every 4 hrs
Cockatoos & Macaw: 30 drops (1.5cc) every 4 hrs
Remember, any treatment offered at home will delay more specific treatment by ur vet. This time delay may be very significant if bird has a serious health problem.
VET TREATMENT -- Because diarrhea is only the result of a problem & not a diagnosis vets need to try & determine the underlying cause to resolve the problem. Diagnostic tests, such as stool analysis &/or culture, X-rays & blood tests, may be recommended.
See u tomorrow! THANK U FOR UR SUPPORT!!!
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Tia

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01/19/2014 04:35.46 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
DAY 18
How are u sweetie? Today, we will cover BURNS.
Burns can be very serious & very painful to a bird. Shock & infection could possibly occur. Exposure to high temps (flame, hot liquids, steam or any hot object), electricity or chemicals can cause burns. Burns should be suspected if an area of the skin has a very inflamed, irritated appearance, or if the feathers are greasy or burnt. First, try & determine what type of burn ur bird has suffered. The type of burn determines the treatment that should be followed. If ur bird has been burned by HOT WATER, mist the burned area with cool water, or if a leg or foot, immerse the burned area in cool water to help relieve the pain. An antibiotic ointment should be applied. To avoid further damaging the feathers, this med should be either a water-soluble liquid,, spray or powder. Do not apply any oily or greasy substances, including butter, because these substances can damage the bird's feathers.
If the bird has been burnedby HOT GREASE, lightly coat the burned area with flour or cornstarch to help absorb the grease.
If the bird has been burned by ACID, such as toilet bowl cleaner or drain cleaner, gently flood the area with cool water to dilute the chemical, then lightly coat burned area with a paste of baking soda & water.
If the bird has been burned by an ALKALI SUBSTANCE, such as ammonia or lye, gently flood the area with cool water to dilute the chemical, then coat the burned area lightly with vinegar.
If the bird has been burned by an ELECTRICAL SOURCE, such as chewing on a power cord, first turn off the power & disconnect the cord. No home treatment is recommended. Birds suffering from burns may go into shock & will need prompt attention (shock-blog #11). Most burns are a true medical emergency & requires immediate vet attention. However, mild burns may be sprayed or flushed with cool water. These burns may be treated twice daily with small amounts of antibiotic ointment. Tomorrow, we will cover CONCUSSIONS & DIARRHEA. I hope u had a great day sweetie, see u tomorrow!
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Tia

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01/18/2014 10:27.53 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
DAY 17
How are u sweetie? Today, we will cover blood in droppings & difficulty breathing.
BLOOD IN DROPPINGS
One of the most common reasons for blood in the droppings is heavy metal toxicosis (we will cover this later), especially from lead & zinc. This toxicosis can cause blood in urine. If u notice this, seek vet care immediately. Blood may also be seen in droppings due to intestinal or cloacal infections, cloacal growths, or with difficulty passing eggs. Dark tarry droppings may indicate bleeding higher up in the small intestine. Seek vet care.
DIFFICULTY BREATHING
Anytime an animal is having difficulty breathing, it must always be considered life-threatening. If in respiratory distress, a bird's condition can rapidly deteriorate. Check the nostrils for blockage. If external blockage is observed, such as caused by mucus, wipe with a damp cloth. Look for any other blockage such as seeds or dirt. The operculum, a small part of the bird's anatomy inside the nostril could be mistaken for a foreign body, so have ur vet examine & remove any suspected blockage. Wheezing rapid breathing, open-mouthed breathing & nasal discharge are obvious signs of respiratory distress. Less obvious signs could include tail bobbing (pronounced up & down motion of the tail), frequent stretching of the neck, swelling around the eye, loss of voice & sometimes a "clicking-like" sound when breathing. Shortness of breath can also be caused by illness. In that case, the bird should. Be seen promptly by ur vet.
HOME TREATMENT
Keep the bird warm, keep the environment calm & relaxed & consider covering the cage to help reduce ur bird's stress level. Also, turning on a vaporizer near the cage for short periods of time or placing ur caged bird (or a stand for a large bird) in a "steamy" bathroom may help ease labored breathing. Call ur vet's office & ask to be seen immediately. Panting or open-mouth breathing could be caused by overheating due to fright, exercise, or environmental temperature. Overheated birds can develop heatstroke (we will cover this). In these cases, the bird may also hold its wings outstretched from his body, pant heavily, & collapse. Allow the bird to remain quiet in a cooler location. Mist the bird with cool water & have bird stand on a cool wet towel. Do not cool the bird too quickly. Contact ur vet to determine if further treatment is necessary.
Tomorrow, we will cover burns.
I would like to thank you for all the support you have given me with my campaign. I am truly blessed to have such caring & wonderful friends!
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Tia

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01/17/2014 10:32.46 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
DAY 16
How are u sweetie? Our good friend TiPaul #40680, is hoping to join the 10K club. I hope everybirdy will give him a daily vote to help him get there!
Today, we will continue with controlling bleeding.
BLEEDING (BODY)
Locate the source of bleeding. If the bleeding is from a broken pin feather, remove it. Donot use popowdered blood clotting material on a feather follicle (Day #14). Cleanse the area gently with a topical antiseptic such as a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution, etc. Apply styptic powder, cornstarch, baking soda, flour, or boric acid to stop the bleeding. If necessary, cover the wound with gauze pads & hold firm pressure on wound for several minutes, until bleeding stops. Leave the gauze on. If the cut is on legs or feet, apply antibiotic ointment & bandage loosely. If cuts are on the body, cover with gauze & an appropriately sized sock (cut hole in toe of sock for head & holes for legs). DO NOT bandage over styptic powder. For some sources of bleeding, (such as mouth) u may want to try mixing a solution of powdered alum & cold water. Apply the mixture using cotton balls. Press to the affected area for a couple of minutes. Be aware that birds sometimes will pick at their wounds & as a result, bleeding could restart.
BLEEDING -- INTERNAL
Internal bleeding should always be considered life-threatening. This condition could be caused by trauma, a foreign body, cancer, poison, infection or a bleeding disorder (blood fails to clot normally.
SIGNS
Internal bleeding is evidenced by blood coming from the mouth, nares or vent. Even if the bleeding appears to be intermittent rather than continuous, or if u notice some driedspecks of blood, it sshould be considered very serious. Blood in the droppings could be seen was fresh "red" blood or the feces could appear black, almost tarlike. No home treatment should be attempted, call vet & ask to be seen immediately.
BLEEDING FROM MOUTH OR NOSTRILS
This is. A serious situation requiring immediate attention. Occasionally, blood in the mouth may be due to a beak injury. However, unless u are certain that this is indeed thepproblem & u can visually verify the beak damage, seek vet care.
BLEEDING FROM TONGUE
The tongue contains many blood vessels & if injured, may bleed profusely. Seek vet care immediately. You may attempt to stop the bleeding by applying an alum & cold water mixture by dipping the bird's mouth into the solution.
Next, we will cover BLOOD IN DROPPINGS & BREATHING DIFFICULTIES.
See u tomorrow sweetie, have a good day!
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Tia

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01/16/2014 09:08.43 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango & Flock
Never ceases to amaze me how the BOTD tends to work but thank you all for the honor. Hope you stopped by the castle for the festivities. Have a wonderful day. V4U. Hugs.
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01/16/2014 04:36.42 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
DAY 15
How are u sweetie? Today, we will continue with bleeding emergencies.
BEAK INJURY
A beak injury is an emergency because a bird needs both her upper & lower beak to eat & preen properly. Beak injuries often occur after a bird has been attacked by another bird, after flying into a windowpane or a mirror, or a run-in with an operating ceiling fan. (i have a bad habit of chewing on my cage bars & have chipped/broken the tip of my beak several times.) Infectioncan set in rrather quickly if a beak is fractured or punctured or partially missing. U may wish to apply a mixture of alum & cold water to reduce bleeding. Keep the bird calm & quiet. It may be necessary to apply direct pressure to stop the bleeding, using a towel or direct pressure. Observe the bird for at least an hour after bleeding stops. If a piece of beak is dangling, it will need to be carefully removed. If blood loss is considerable or if ur bird seems weak & unsteady, call ur vet's office immediately for further instructions. A bird with a beak injury is usually reluctant to eat or drink. This could last for just a few days or a week or even longer. Try offering softer foods, food cut into very small pieces or warmed food.
NAIL. INJURY
Torn nails may need prompt attention in order to prevent further injury. Ragged nails can catch on items in the cage or on items throughout the house. Remove or trim the part of the nail that is injured. Apply styptic stick/powder or cornstarch to the toenail. If the bleeding does not stop, seek veterinary attention.
We should be able to finish up procedures on bleeding tomorrow. Have a great day & see u tomorrow!
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01/15/2014 08:11.28 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
DAY 14
How are u sweetie? Today, we will begin to cover bleeding. This topic will take an additional day or two.
IF UR BIRD IS BLEEDING
1. Always handle the bird gently & calmly.
2. Always observe the bird for at least one hour after bleeding has stopped to make sure that it hasn't restarted.
3. If bleeding has not stopped after a few minutes of treatment, take the bird to vet immediately.
4. If any signs of listlessness, weakness, paralysis or breathing difficulty are noted, take bird to the vet immediately.
5. If bleeding continues, requiring a trip to the vet, try to have another person drive so that u can continue to apply pressure to the bleeding area.
BROKEN BLOOD FEATHERS
Broken blood feathers can cause what appears to be a large blood loss. They are relatively easy to treat. At home, pack the broken shaft with styptic powder or flour. Do not use powdered blood clotting material on a feather follicle, doing so may permanently damage the follicle. (styptic powder, cornstarch, baking soda, flour or boric acid). It is possible that u may have to remove the feather shaft from its follicle to stop the bleeding, or the broken feather could continue to bleed or even become infected. Follow these steps when treating a broken blood feather. This requires 2 people - one to restrain the bird & one to remove the feather.
1. Act immediately & restrain the bird.
2. Using firm pressure & sturdy tweezers or needle-nosed pliers, pull the feather out. To do this, grasp the feather as close to the skin as possible. Be gentle & apply smooth, even pressure. If u are removing a broken wing feather, be sure to firmly hold & support the wing as the feather is pulled out. Ur assistant will need to very carefully apply equal & opposite traction on the opposite end of the wing as u remove the feather.
(NOTE: Bird bones are fragile & there is a risk of causing a bone to fracture. Therefore, consider having an avian vet remove the damaged feather.)
3. After the feather is removed, bleeding from the empty follicle may occur. If this happens, apply direct pressure for 1 or 2 minutes using a cotton ball or ur fingers.
4. Once the bleeding is controlled, observe the bird for at least another hour. The bleeding could recur.
5. Provide supportive care.
6. If blood loss seems excessive or the bird appears weak & listless, call ur vet immediately. If possible, have another person drive so u can watch the bird closely & & help control any bleeding.
We will continue with controlling bleeding tomorrow. Have a good night sweetie!
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01/14/2014 08:48.07 PM Report This Comment  
  A Jet Like Roar Is Heard Far Off In The Distance..
.....then silence. Sam hits the throttle even more & begins his decent towards Mango's & the rest of the Boynton Beach Bums' vote buttons. He gets his feet ready to release the heavy, sand filled bags. Sam lines up, squares off his flying speed, dips down even lower, then RELEASE!! The bags follows Sam for a little ways then quickly make a direct hit to all their vote buttons. The tally wheel turns rapidly but as Sam ZOOMS away, the sound barrier is broken with a thunderous roar & shaking of all windows in a 3 mile square area. A screaming roar like jet engines can now be heard as Sam grows smaller & smaller as he zooms off for another nightly vote run. SamIAm...Over & Out!

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01/13/2014 11:36.35 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
DAY 13
How are u sweetie? Sorry no blog yesterday, of course it was mom's fault! It was G-son Sammy's 7rh birthday, AND mom got my sissy tickets to Theresa Caputo's live show yesterday (The Long Island Medium)! It was almost 10pm when they FINALLY got home, plus I demanded some mommy time! She actually did try to do a blog after I went night-night, but she ended up sleep-blogging! She did a short blog but only posted it on my page!
Today, we will discuss:
ANIMAL BITES
Bites can be life-threatening emergencies. Animal bites not only cause the obvious puncture wounds but also the potential for serious internal injuries & fractures resulting from the "crush" of the animals jaws. Serious infections can develop from being bitten or from being scratched. Once bacteria gain entry into the body from even a very small puncture wound, bacteria can spread via the bloodstream & develop rapidly into a life-threatening situation. The first 48 hours after an animal bite is a critical time period
Cat bites are a little more serious. The PASTEURELLA MULTOCIDA bacteria, which is present in cat's mouths & on their claws, can cause death within 24 hours if not properly treated. Anytime a bird is attacked by an animal, it should be taken to the vet immediately.
SIGNS
Sometimes bite marks can be seen, but often are hidden by the feathers. Look for general signs of trauma, which could include blood, matted feathers, "droopy" wing, unsteadiness on the perch or an unusual increase of feathers in the cage or on the house floor.
HOME TREATMENT
There is really no effective home treatment. Call ur vet's office & transport immediately.
VETERINARY TREATMENT
Your bird will first checked for stability, & if she appears severely injured & in shock, treatment will begin immediately. If ur pet appears stable, a complete physical exam will be given first, followed by appropriate treatment, which will probably include administration of antibiotics. Diagnostic tests may include x-rays to examine for bone & internal injuries & a blood test.
PREVENTION
Be careful & use common sense when keeping birds with other pets, especially dogs & cats. If u do have ur bird out of her cage when other pets are around, supervise them closely.
Yikes! What a frightening subject! An equally scary topic tomorrow...bleeding! See u tomorrow sweetie!
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Tia

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01/13/2014 10:42.40 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Mango Buddy!
It's been a sunny Sunday here at my house & that's really a good thing because there's been so much rain that it has left giant puddles all over Mom's lawn & even into the woods!!

My day started with those warm sunbeams coming in my window which made me VERY happy! Then Mom began breakfast & today was so nice that she decided to pull out some blueberries & make some blueberry pancakes, turkey sausage, & for her mate, over easy eggs. Mom had made me a special pancake! She made mine with just cinnamon & my blueberries I got to eat on the side. They were really sweet. I just kinda tore up my pancake & threw it at CocoPuff. She seemed to like it fair enough!

Later on, Mom spent the day playing with me & she was teaching me my colors like she used to do when I was just a wee young one. I remember VERY well! And I also have learned that I have Mom wrapped around my finger! To reward me with a fun treat (not really a treat but some of my pellets by Pretty Bird...they're for African parrots & they're colorful) When I'd get a color correct, Mom would give me a pellet of that color. Then she was teaching me "pink". She had some yogurt burst strawberry cheerios to reward me with when I'd say pink at the right time. Well, I started ignoring all the other colored items & would pick only the pink ones!! Then I just kept saying PINK PINK PINK PINK!!! Mom said it was a "pink attack" & let me have my snack of PINK cheerios!! Heehee! I did get to eat all my red & orange pellets, too. Which I like those before either the green or yellow ones. A few days from now, I will like the green & yellow ones and leave all the red & orange ones. Mom says I'm a bit bonkers about colors. And it definitely is a "mood" kinda thing!

I do hope you had a greyt day too. I better get going. Mom thinks I'm asleep but I've snuck out! See ya later! Hugs to all, SamIAm

PS: It thrills me to learn that you are STILL a males as well as Paulie & Peetie. My world is being shook when Cu-Bird laid an egg & then to find my hero second only to Gizmo, Mr. Romeo, is no longer Mister but...Miss!! He is rather pretty but don't you DARE tell him I said so! See ya.

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01/12/2014 09:00.12 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
DAY 11
How are u sweetie? Today, we will start with: SHOCK:
Shock is a critical situation that occurs when the cardiovascular system fails to supply adequate blood to the organs of the body. As a result, low blood pressure develops & the cells in the body do not receive adequate amounts of nutrients & oxygen. Shock may follow any serious insult or trauma to the body, including bleeding, severe infection, dehydration, prolonged diarrhea, vomiting or poisoning. If left untreated, shock frequently results in death. Birds that are in shock will appear weak, rapid shallow breathing, have fluffed-up feathers & head may be turned with eyes partly closed. If u believe that ur bird is in shock, keep her warm, cover her cage/carrier & transport her to ur vet's office immediately. Be sure to call ur vet's office to give them time to prepare for the emergency. Once ur bird arrives, ur vet will immediately examine the bird, get a brief history & begin treatment. This will include administering fluids to hydrate the bird & oxygen to ease difficult breathing, warming the bird, administering "shock specific drugs as needed & closely monitoring the bird. Once ur bird is stable, diagnostic tests will likely be recommended. These can be very important to better assess the extent of the injuries, offer a realistic prognosis & monitor the bird's response to treatment.
COMMON DIAGNOSTIC TESTS
There are a few commonly performed diagnostic tests that can be especially useful in an emergency situation are:
COMPLETE BLOOD COUNT & DIFFERENTIAL (CBC)
An excellent initial screening test for the presence of infection, inflammation, anemia, blood parasites & protein levels.
BLOOD CHEMISTRIES
Evaluation of chemical components in the blood provides important info that helps to formulate an accurate diagnosis, prescribe proper therapy & monitor response to therapy. These tests look for imbalances in certain biochemical functions, which could point to the possibility of organ dysfunction.
RADIOGRAPHS OR "X-RAYS"
The ability to "see" inside the body is one of the most valuable diagnostic tools available. Bone abnormalities, size & appearance of most internal organs, presence of foreign bodies or soft tissue masses, such as tumors,h& much more can be evaluated with X-rays.
GENERAL SUPPORTIVE CARE
Basic medical care from which most sick birds will benefit, regardless of the illness. This term can apply to care administered both at home & in the vet's office. At home, "general supportive care" should include keeping the bird warm, making sure she has easy access to food & water, keeping her quiet & calm & watching for signs of improvement/ deterioration. In the vet's office, "GSC" could include warmth, oxygen therapy, fluid therapy,x"force-feeding" & nebulization therapy (breathing treatment). This care would also include close monitoring by the attending vet & the trained staff.
Tomorrow, we will continue with med emergencies. Have a great day sweetie!
Love & a vote

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01/11/2014 07:06.05 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
How are u sweetie? Several birdies told me that they went to Sky's page & read blog #9, & not to worry about resending it. But if anybirdy does want the blog CONTACT UR VET WITHIN 8 HOURS let me know & I'll redo it & send it to u.
Several birdies commented on my awesome campaign pics! Each & every one of the pics were lovingly made by sweet Momma Deb! I'd like to thank her again for my wonderful pics! She will be the best momma-in-law EVER!
We will now begin discussing medical emergencies/problems & first aid procedures. This info is meant to be guidelines, not to replace veterinary care, but to stabilize ur bird until u can get to ur vet's office.
An important aspect of first aid is PREVENTION. Many serious illnesses can be prevented when whenoowners feed their pet birds balanced diets, keep their pet's cages clean & take their birds to their vets for regular check-ups. Most injuries can be prevented by "bird-proofing" ur home, be careful of other pets around ur bird, keeping nails & wins trimmed, etc.
LOSS OF APPETITE
Birds usually lose their appetite when they are sick or injured. Loss of appetite is not a diagnosis, it is the result of a medical problem & serves as an indication that there is a problem with ur bird. Healthy birds have healthy appetite.
Tomorrow we will start with shock.
Have a good night sweetie!
Love & a vote
Tia

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01/10/2014 08:43.40 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
How are u sweetie? A terrible thing has happened...my blog has disappeared! I will redo it tomorrow. If u would like to read it now, it is on Sky's page #224183.
Love & a vote
Tia

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01/09/2014 11:21.36 PM Report This Comment  
  How Are The Boynton Beach Bums?
Good evening greetings to you, Mango. I have had an exceptional day today. Yes, we are still cold but certainly NOT as cold as it was a couple of days ago. Nope. But we are a lot wetter than then, that’s for sure! I’m totally AOK with that since those clouds act like a blanket keeping the heat in.

Today, Mom & I did some serious work! She was working on a pile of mail that I was able to shred up for her! No one will be stealing any of Mom’s personal info if I can help it! I don’t need any info on myself so Mom should do without it, too!

We soon stopped to have a little lunch which I was invited to dine with Mom as well! I was so excited at this turn of events that I flew over to the island’s bar stools & demanded some food & drink. Soon, I got a fruit salad with chopped up nuts in it with shredded coconut to top it off! Mom was enjoying her salad too, & when I saw she had an almost whole almond in her mouth, I quickly fluttered to her shoulder, climbed onto her front collar &….BOINK! I stole her almond & flew away with it! Mom was so surprised! I flew just a short ways to the top of my cage where I dined well on my hard won prize! Mom told me I was a stinker for stealing her almond! We both laughed at it all. Mom wasn’t mad at me, but boy, was she SURPRISED!! You’d think I was going to take a piece of her lip or something!!??

We finished our lunch & we began to clean my cage. Mom just did it the day before yesterday but it needed another once over today. You see, while it was the coldest day, so far, with that arctic vortex on top of our heads, I decided it was time for a bath!! Mom was having a small tizzy fit over a little water but it all worked out fine.

Hope your day was a good one, too! Hugs, SamIAm

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01/09/2014 09:26.42 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Mango! Can The Cold Temps Affect One's
....internet services? Just finally getting to get on the internet. Thought it was the computer on the kaflooey but it is worse than that! It is Time Warner having a mess up in our whole neighborhood's RoadRunner service. Here Mom thought that her computer was broken! It comes & goes of being able to get on the internet. Already has caused a bunch of problems since Mom was trying to pay some bills on line. Yep, wouldn't you know, right in the middle of paying it & hitting that all important button just ONE time.....the internet said, "bye-bye"!! Now Mom has to call to find out if they received the transaction, then call the bank to make sure it isn't paid twice. Oh me. What a pain in the tail feathers all this can be! Stay warm, stay safe. Blue, blue hugs, SamIAm

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01/08/2014 10:25.31 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
DAy 8
How are u sweetie? Well, the Polar Vortex is finally heading back to the Arctic Circle, where it belongs! The g-kids had a 2 hour delay on Monday & cancellation yesterday & today! There was supposed to be just a 2 hour delay today, but because of these frigid temps, the school buses wouldn't start. They said that at these extreme temps diesel gas turns to gel...but it will warm up enough for them to go back tomorrow...the temp is going up to 33 degrees...it's going to feel like a heat wave! Monday night we had a low of -13 & Tuesday we had a high of -5!
Today we will continue with: WHEN TO CONTACT UR VET.
CONTACT UR VET IMMEDIATELY IF UR BIRD:

HAS SIGNS OF GASTROINTESTINAL, URINARY, OR REPRODUCTIVE DISTRESS INCLUDING:
*Straining continually, but unable to produce feces or urates
*Choking
*Swallowing a foreign body (ex: toy, cage decoration, bell clapper)
*Any condition that makes it difficult to eat or manipulate food (injury to a foot or the beak)
*A prolapse or eversion (being turned outward or inside out) at the vent or bleeding from the vent
*Egg binding: straining & having difficulty producing an egg
*An overdose of medication or suspected poisoning
HAS SIGNS OF GENERAL ILLNESS OR NERVOUS SYSTEM OR MUSCULAR DISEASE INCLUDING:
*Extreme weakness, lethargy or depression, unconsciousness, collapse, or coma
*Seizures (flapping wings while lying in the bottom of the cage)
*A head tilt nystagmus (eyes move rapidly from side to side), staggering, walking in circles, difficulty sitting on a perch, or other problems moving
*Severe or continuous pain
*Sudden inability to bear weight on a leg or use a wing
*Swollen or injured foot due to a leg band problem.
Tomorrow we will finish this with: CONTACT UR VET WITHIN EIGHT HOURS.
Have a great day sweetie, I'll see u tomorrow!
Love & a vote
Tia

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01/08/2014 08:54.29 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
DAY 5
How are u sweetie? JEEZ, what crazy weather we are having!! At 1pm today, it was 52 degrees & tomorrow night it will drop down to 13 degrees BELOW ZERO!!! A difference of 65 degrees, can u believe it! On Tuesday, we will have a high temp of 2 degrees below zero! I don't think mom will venture out til the slight warm up on Thursday!
Today we will discuss restraining & transporting a sick or injured bird. To make capturing a sick/injured bird easier, towel him before u put him in his carrier (unless u are transporting him in his cage). Towels make pet birds easier to handle, & they give the bird something to chew on if he becomes frustrated with the toweling process. Jade an appropriate sized towel; wash cloths for small birds, kitchen dis towels for medium-sized, & bath towels for large parrots. When you restrain a bird, keep the following in mind:
*work quickly to minimize handling time. Stress & overheating problems will be reduced.
*plan ahead. Have all tools, equipment & meds ready prior to restraint.
*for small birds especially, a net would be helpful to catch if bird escapes.
*towel selection is based on size of the bird. It WILL be chewed on, so choose an old one!
*In pet birds, the beak causes injuries. Respect it & protect yourself.
*Birds have very fragile bones. Their legs & wings are most susceptible to injury.
*Don't put any pressure on the bird's chest while holding him. It will interfere with breathing.
Call ur avian vet's office BEFORE leaving ur house. Explain ur emergency so the vet's office can be ready for ur arrival. By taking this step will save u precious time if u have life-threatening emergency. If possible, enlist a driver so u are able to watch ur bird & reassure him. Cover the cage/carrier to reduce stress & additional warmth. Do not clean out the cage/carrier, the as-is environment may help ur vet determine the cause of your bird's illness.
Tomorrow we will start discussing first aid procedures. Have a good evening & I'll see u tomorrow sweetie!
Love & a vote
Tia

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01/05/2014 11:52.50 PM Report This Comment  
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