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  Hi ya Chico~
I hope you are having a great day! It's very pretty here! A real spring day!
Mom was off last night and she'll be off again on Friday. She couldn't get two days off in a row this week because there is too much work. It's clearance week plus they added a special weekend ad. The store is having it's Fuschia event this weekend so there will be special sales to go along with it. It's an annual event and everyone looks forward to it. They have geranium and fuschia starts for sale and if you bring your own pot the garden staff will plant them for you. Hanging baskets are a big thing up here so by next week you will be seeing them everywhere.
I have spent the morning trying to keep Merlin away from mom! He had his outside on the balcony time and play with the ribbon time but he is trying to butt into my climb on mom time! I told him he needs to go grab a nap until I'm ready for my apple and then he can jump up on the computer desk again!
Enjoy the day and I do hope it's a spectacular day!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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04/07/2014 10:45.53 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Chico, its Jacky
So are you really moving out here!!!! I have a room already for you to add your special attached. We are still in the old run down house, so I know mom won't care if you put your trade mark on some walls! Here's a vote and sending a high five!

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03/23/2014 03:33.57 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Chico
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 05:20.05 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Chico
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 02:46.34 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Chico
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 08:31.21 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Chico
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 06:45.17 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Chico~
I hope you are having a fantastic day! It's very cold here and we have snow flurries but nothing that is going to stick. It's going to be cold for the next few days but after seeing the East Coast and the Midwest, I can not complain! Mom will be off for 4 days so we'll just hang out in front of the fireplace!
I am sorry I didn't get around much yesterday but the internet went out. Don't know why and it's fine today. Maybe all those Comcast people were out celebrating the Seahawks win!hehehhehehe
I put a picture of Taima in my profile. He's the real Seahawk. Actually he is a Augur hawk because there isn't really a seahawk. He is very beautiful but I don't think I'd want to see him up close and birdsonal!
There is going to be a parade in Seattle tomorrow to celebrate the Seahawks victory. It's the very first time we have ever won the Super Bowl so I know most of the west side of the state is going to be there!
I hope you enjoy your day! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
Love you ~ Sugar

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02/04/2014 11:38.53 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Chico
V4U today. A picture of our 4 amaryllis are now posted on Marigold's page. The Red Lion amaryllis is about to fully open any day now. The other two bargain amaryllis are Apple Blossom and the other is called Evergreen. Have a good day. From, Mayo

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02/04/2014 05:35.37 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Chico
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
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01/31/2014 09:07.09 PM Report This Comment  
  hi chico
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!
Love & a vote
Tia

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01/27/2014 01:46.10 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Chico
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!
Love & a vote
Tia

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01/25/2014 12:07.36 AM Report This Comment  
  hi chico
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!
Love & a vote
Tia

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01/23/2014 10:33.24 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Chico
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!
Love & a vote
Tia

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01/23/2014 12:01.04 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Chico
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 05:42.40 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Chico
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!!!
Love & a vote
Tia

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01/19/2014 05:45.24 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Chico
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!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!
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01/18/2014 11:12.38 PM Report This Comment  
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V4U today. The amaryllis leaves grew just a tiny bit more. I think it's going to be several weeks before we see any flowers. The mini Christmas tree will have to patiently wait to be planted in the spring time. Our weather is crummy and cold. Wishing for spring. LOL :) Have a good weekend. From, Mayo

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01/17/2014 03:47.57 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Chico~
I hope you are all having a great day. I'm just getting to my apples and hazelnuts this morning. Well, it's actually afternoon.
Mom was up for a long time yesterday so she slept in this morning. I was up with her so I slept in too! Mandy and Merlin sleep a lot so they didn't really notice the difference. We have the fireplace on and are nice and cozy.
The fog is still here! Everything out side is damp because of it. We keep our pop on the balcony when it's cold out side and the boxes are a bit soggy this morning. The gardeners are here mowing the lawns but it's so wet that I think it's going to be very messy for them!
Mom has to go to the library later after she drops Jennifer off at work. I know she need more cottage cheese for Mandy but she'll just grab that at the store across the street! After that I think we will be doing some chores and maybe later we can watch a movie together! I got to watch Monsters INC while she was cooking dinner last night!
The other big news is that dad got a job! YAY! Almost 3 years without one so it's a very good thing. He starts on Tuesday and I think he is looking forward to it. Cool!!
Enjoy the day!
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01/17/2014 03:26.28 PM Report This Comment  
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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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01/16/2014 09:59.14 PM Report This Comment  
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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 08:30.42 PM Report This Comment  
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We have not been on here for a while. Did I tell you that I'm a Uncle now I have got to peek at them but could not get to close cause Stormy asked us not to get to close cause we could scare the babies so we did as he asked. We sat with mom and looked. . Stormy has pics on his page of his 3 babies and wife Winter tehe. They gave been very busy with the babies . Here a vote for you .. BBF WADDLES

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01/15/2014 12:28.23 PM Report This Comment  
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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 09:02.04 PM Report This Comment  
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V4U today. Our weather finally warmed up too. Mom bought an amaryllis bulb on the clearance pile for only .25 cents, and a mini Christmas tree, too. It will be fun to see what color of flowers the amaryllis will have. The Christmas tree is already looking better since it's outside where it belongs. It's cute and little, just right for our garden in the spring time. Have a good day. From, Mayo

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01/14/2014 11:32.32 AM Report This Comment  
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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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01/13/2014 11:10.48 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Chico~
I hope your are having a great day! I've been having fun playing with mom and snacking of course. She is letting me watch a really cool monster movie called Pacific Rim. It has robots and monsters! Too Cool!
I'm sorry I haven't been around much but the computer is still not working well. We have the files moved and we are just waiting for dad to do the reformatting. He's been busy so there hasn't been any time for him to start doing it yet. I sure am getting anxious about it! It is running very slowly and we can only use Google Chrome to get online. I hope I can convince him to get it done today! After that we have to reload all the programs so that is going to take some time too! Boy! Computers sure are a pain sometimes!
Nothing really exciting going on around here. We've been working on chores around the house during mom's off hours and watching the movies that brother bought after Christmas. I have seen Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness and Man of Steel and now Pacific Rim. It's been a real action-packed weekend around here and I have really enjoyed it! I must admit that the popcorn is pretty good too!!
Enjoy your day and I do hope it's perfect!
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01/12/2014 11:42.15 AM Report This Comment  
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V4U today. Our weather is finally better today. The cold arctic freeze left, and we bid it a good riddance. And no, we did not invite it back any time soon, either. LOL :) We're back to rain and regular winter weather once again. Have a good weekend. From, Mayo

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01/10/2014 10:22.25 AM Report This Comment  
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V4U today. It's been unbearably freezing cold and icy. We couldn't even open our garage door, had to keep bringing buckets of hot water to pour between the door and the driveway to unfreeze it. Schools have been closed due to the ice and extreme cold. It's just miserable stepping out the door. We are hoping for an early spring. Have a good day, and stay warm too. From, Mayo

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01/08/2014 05:42.27 AM Report This Comment  
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DAY 7
How are u sweetie? So sorry no blog yesterday, mom had a medical emergency "ironic, isn't it?!) Her 7 yr old grandson had a horrific nosebleed that mom couldn't get stopped. The specialist (ENT doc) has run every test in the book & cannot figure out why it keeps happening! I've examined him myself!) It's frustrating that it keeps happening & also a relief that it's nothing serious! These nosebleeds come out of the blue, they can happen even if he's sitting quietly, watching TV! At the hospital yesterday, they cauterized his nose...AGAIN! He's doing fine today!
It is FREEZING COLD here today, at 10am, STILL 9 degrees BELOW zero! Tho, this is a heat wave compared to the north-central part of the USA. Grand Forks ND will have a HIGH today of 39 degrees BELOW ZERO!! I can't imagine how cold that is! We heard on the news that it's colder here than it is at the South Pole!!!
The next couple days, we will discuss scenarios & whether to call the vet immediately or whether it can wait. The following info may help u decide which conditions are absolute emergencies & which ones may let u take a "wait & see" attitude. If your bird is sick/injured & u are unsure of the severity, it's best to call the vet's office immediately.
CALL VET IMMEDIATELY IF UR BIRD:
HAS SIGNS OF HEART OR RESPIRATORY DISEASE INCLUDING:
*No heartbeat
*No breathing (open mouth breathing, tail bobbing while breathing)
*Wheezing or clicking sounds when breathing
*A near drowning
*ANY breathing abnormality after an exposure to overheated Teflon (we will cover this in detail), aerosol spray, or other irritants to the respiratory system
HAS TRAUMA INCLUDING:
*A broken bone, or a cut that exposes a bone
*Bleeding that cannot be stopped (ex: from blood feather, nail, or beak)
*An eye injury or the eye appears enlarged or protruding
*An attack by an animal
*Being hit by a moving object
*Puncture wounds
*Any trauma to the head
*Flying into a window or other object
*A severe laceration, or an incision that has opened & the skin is gaping
*Mishandling (ex: squeezed by a child)
HAS HAD HEAT OR COLD RELATED INJURIES INCLUDING:
*Biting on an electrical cord & receiving a shock or burn
*Burns or inhaled smoke
*Heat stroke (panting,holding wings out away from the body)
We will pick up here tomorrow. Have a great day sweetie!
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01/07/2014 09:52.13 PM Report This Comment  
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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!
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01/06/2014 12:14.58 AM Report This Comment  
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DAY 4
How are u sweetie? I off to a late start today! A special thanks to Blue & his mom for passing on info regarding what to use for cleaning skin wounds. Blue's mom prefers to use normal saline solution. The nurses taught her that peroxide, alcohol & Betadine (povidone) inhibits tissue healing & saline or just water & soap (NOT antibacterial soap ( which contains triclosan) is the best thing in the world for birds & humans.
Today, I would like to talk about shock & urgent care don'ts.
SHOCK
Any emergency, severe insult to the body or excessive handling can result in shock. Common symptoms include a "depressed", weak, "fluffed up" look & rapid shallow breathing. If a bird in shock is given intensive treatment and/or handling, the bird may collapse & die on the spot. In a life-threatening injury or illness, simultaneously treat the bird for shock & for the injury/illness.
URGENT CARE "DON'TS"
*DON'T give a bird medications for other animals/humans unless directed to by ur vet.
*DON'T give ur bird meds that are suggested by a friend, store employee or a Dr who treats humans.
*DON'T give a bird alcohol or laxatives.
*DON'T apply any oils/ointments to ur bird unless directed.
*DON'T bathe a sick bird.
There are a few things to keep in mind when facing a medical emergency with ur bird. First, keep as calm as possible coz ur bird is already excited from being injured. Ur bird will sense ur stress & u will exacerbate this distress. Next, stop any bleeding, keep the bird warm & minimize handling him. After you've stabilized ur pet, call ur vet's office for instructions, telling them, "This is an emergency," & that ur bird has had an accident. Describe what happened to ur pet as clearly j calmly as u can. Listen carefully to the instructions u are given & follow them. Although u should not handle an injured/sick bird, u may need to in order to take him to the vet. When handling ur bird, make sure to move slowly & talk to him in a calm, reassuring voice. Finally, transport to the vet's office as quickly & safely as u can.
I will see u tomorrow sweetie!
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Tia

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01/04/2014 10:10.19 PM Report This Comment  
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DAY 3
How are u sweetie? I hope everybirdy made it thru the storm ok! We got about 6 inches of snow, but it's the below zero temps that is so miserable!
Today we will discuss first aid priorities (triage) & signs of illness.
In an emergency situation, try to keep calm & work in an orderly process. U should first determine whether the injury/illness is life-threatening. If there are multiple injuries, prioritize ur efforts according to the severity of each injury.
LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES OR ILLNESSES
Severe bleeding or blood flowing freely from a wound must be attended to immediately. Treat such life-threatening injuries/illnesses by administering first aid immediately & then calling the vet.
NON-LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES/ILLNESSES
Injuries or illnesses that are causing distress or pain but are not life-threatening, such as fractures, diarrhea or vomiting, should be treated next. U should be preventing the injury/illness from worsening & preparing the bird for transportation to the vet.
MINOR INJURIES OR ILLNESSES
Injuries such as a superficial abrasion or minor cut come last in the order of priorities for treatment. Carefor the bird at home if u know how to treat the condition. Take the bird to the vet if the injury/illness does not improve or if the condition worsens.
SIGNS OF ILLNESS
*bleeding
*loss of appetite
*feathers fluffed all of the time
*change in droppings
*change in water consumption
*weight loss
*inactivity
*drooping wings
*sleeping all the time
*partially eaten food stuck to bird's face or food has been regurgitated onto cage floor
*labored breathing, with or without tail bobbing
*eyes closed most of the time
*soiled or pasted vent
*self-mutilation
*runny nose or eyes
One of the best ways to detect an emergency situation in ur pet bird is to know what is considered normal for ur pet bird.
RECORD NORMAL APPEARANCE & BEHAVIOR
Be aware of how much food he/she eats & how much water he/she drinks on a regular basis. Know how many times he/she eliminates in a day & what a normal dropping looks like for ur bird. Pay attentionto his/her activity level & his/her sleep times. When u are attuned to your bird's normal behavior, you'll notice anything abnormal or unusual right away. Let ur avian vet know about any changes in ur pet's routine as soon as u notice, so follow-up care can take place promptly.
Tomorrow we will discuss specific injuries/illnesses & how to properly treat them.
THANK U SO MUCH FOR UR SUPPORT!
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01/03/2014 09:38.12 PM Report This Comment  
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DAY 2
How are u sweetie? We are praying that everybirdy makes it thru the upcoming storm(s). We will be having below zero temps & a few inches of snow, but nothing like our friends in the far north-eastern states!
Today's topic is: WHAT CONSTITUTES AN EMERGENCY? A medical emergency is a serious and/or life-threatening injury or disease that requires immediate care. In some cases such as bleeding, first aid at home may be the best 1st course of action. Here are some guidelines on when to call ur avian vet.
CALL IMMEDIATELY WHEN UR BIRD HAS/IS:
*doesn't stop bleeding
*blood in droppings or in regurgitated food
*extensive burns
*collapsed or can't maintain balance
*has been poisoned
*puncture wound or deep cut
*cannot breathe
*straining to pass droppings or an egg
CALL SAME DAY WHEN BIRD HAS/IS:
*lost her/his appetite
*an eye injury
*swallowed a foreign object
*low body temp
*mutilating his/her skin
*loose droppings
*develops a sudden swelling on body
CALL NEXT DAY WHEN UR BIRD:
*is excessively thirsty
*seems to have itchy skin
Bird owners are frequently unsure if a problem is truly an emergency. The best thing to do is to follow ur instincts & use good common sense. If there is any doubt in your mind regarding the severity of ur bird's condition, it's best to treat it as an emergency.
Tomorrow's topic will be triage (first aid priorities). See u tomorrow sweetie!
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01/02/2014 10:07.35 PM Report This Comment  
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DAY 1
How are u sweetie? I'm excited to begin my campaign on birdie first aid! First, I would like to give a big THANK YOU to Momma Deb, my darling Casey's mom, for making all the awesome campaign pics for me! I couldn't have done it without her!
I will start with a basic first aid kit, which is helpful to have if an emergency occurs. Mom keeps mine in a 19 at storage container w/ lid.
*IMPORTANT PHONE #s-ur vet, emergency clinic & poison control ctr.
*PAPER & PEN to make notes on bird's condition.
*TOWELS for catching & restraining ur bird
*STYPTIC POWDER/STICK (beak & nails only) or CORNSTARCH (can be used on skin)
*SCISSORS, NAIL CLIPPERS & NAIL FILE
*NEEDLE-NOSED PLIERS-to pull broken blood feathers
*PEROXIDE or other disinfectant solution
*EYE IRRIGATION-such as saline or contact wetting solution
*BASIC BANDAGE MATERIAL-such as gauze square & rolls, MASKING TAPE-does NOT stick to feathers
*PEDIALYTE or GATORADE
*EYE DROPPER
*SYRINGES to irrigate wounds or feed sick birds
*PENLIGHT
*COTTON SWABS to apply meds & clean wounds
*BETADINE SOAP-which is anti-bacterial, for foot injuries
*HEATING PAD or HEAT LAMP-home use
*HEAT PACK to keep bird warm during transport; wrap pack in towel - DO NOT apply directly to bird, burns could result.
Tomorrow we will discuss what constitutes an emergency & triage/first aid priorities.
THANK U SO MUCH FOR UR SUPPORT!
See u tomorrow sweetie!
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01/01/2014 09:50.25 PM Report This Comment  
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Hi sweetie, Tia here! Im excited to tell u about my BOTM campaign, which will be on bird first aid. I hope u will enjoy my topic. I will start with what should be in a bird first aid kit. Thank you for ur support!
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12/31/2013 11:59.18 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Chico
V4U today. We had a very nice Christmas, and hope you did, too. Things are finally settling down and getting back to normal. The holidays are wonderful and lots of fun, but lots of extra work goes along with them. Wishing you a Happy New Year. From, Mayo

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12/31/2013 05:44.31 AM Report This Comment  
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We want to apologize to every birdie for not being able to come back earlier but the parront was released to full duty on the 13th. Then on the 16 she started working 8am to 1:30pm. The doctor said that her condition does not require injections nor surgery so he sent her to work full duty for one month to see how she can tolerate her back. She is still reported by workers comp. She has a follow up appointment on the 17 of January.

Since this change happened she has been very busy so our new blogging day has not been established yet.

We still does not understand the situation with BC? Is it closing or not?

We hope that you all had a greyt Christams day. The parront had to work on both Xmas eve and day, and she will work as well on New Years eve and Day.

This is all for now. Have a greyt New Years Day.


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12/28/2013 02:21.15 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Chico~
I hope your day was just wonderful! I had a lot of fun supervising chores around here! I think maybe I had more fun than mom did but she is happy that I am happy!

I have been checking out the other animal channel sites and it looks likes the Cat channel is getting changed on January 1st instead of March 1st. Cori and Boo Boo gave me a heads up about this. There was a blog on the small animal channel so they know. but there doesn't seem to be any blogs on the Horse or Dog channel. I don't know if they are going to be left alone or if they just don't know yet.

I am so sad we are going to lose all of this but I hope we will all stay in touch, either with Facebook or email. I am grateful for every single minute I have had visiting with friends, playing baseball and all the other fun things we do here! To think! This all came into my life because mom and I were looking for pictures of birds for me to look at!!

Enjoy your evening! Sleep tight and sweet dreams!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

Come visit me, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar ~ Happy Easter Every Bird! & The Calendar Page~April Birthstone is the Diamond.

12/27/2013 08:45.58 PM Report This Comment  
  Sassy is eggcited
Chico, Merlin and Gracie are staying with her for a few days. She shows them all around the house, introducing all the birdies that aren't on BC. Afterwards Sassy and Chico heads outside to make a snowman, while Gracie and Merlin watch a movie with the gang at the Sky's Flock.
Sassy rolls one snowball while Chico rolls the other larger bottom snowball.
"How are we going to get mine on top of yours? " the two Toos survey the situation. " We need reinforcements, I'll go get Sky and Zeena to help" Chico hurries inside and soon returns with all the boys to help move the large snowball into place.
"On the count of three. One, Two THREE!" SKY yells and they lift the large mid-section into place.
"WOW, that's a huge snowman" Zeena says following the others outdoors. " You still have to roll the head snowball."
The birds look at the giant snowman and shake their heads, " how are we going to get the head on?"
"I've got it.." Little Angels voice startles everybird.
"I have an idea............."
"OH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" scream all the birds as Little Angel begins to share her newest idea.

Come visit me, Rally and Lacie, Poncho, Thank you friends for BOTD, jack, SASSY,, Casper, you fought a good fight l'il man, AMANDO, SKY, I'm getting married soon, Lupe', LITTLE ANGEL,, broken wings, broken promises, Casey, keepin' the main sail set on the Pearl, Jesse,, flynn, Angel Girl, Sarah little bird, Zeke, thank you friends for BOTD & ZEENA,.

12/26/2013 11:53.02 AM Report This Comment  
  Merry Merry Christmas Chico!
To you and your beautiful family, I'm hopin' you've all had a really happy time t'gether t'day. Ain't family the most wonderful thing!

Ho! Ho! HO! And to all a good night!

R ('>

Come visit me, RaneBeau & BODEMIESTER, Ready to DERBY!.

12/25/2013 08:24.14 PM Report This Comment  
  Chico & Family
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! Santa was good to all of us here. We got toys, treats, millet . I got to taste a little eggnog to it was yummy don't worry it had no alcohol In It mom bought it from the store . Yes mom is on FB and it going to really sad to see the BC close .

You asked if I knew the Nebr parrot rescue well yes sort of . I'm not close to them or friends with them but have seen their sight and have talk with the lady one or twice. I have heard very good things about them and not so good things about them but everyone has their opinion. As for us We think they ok never been to their rescue. Why do you ask? Leaving you a Christmas wish vote. Love Waddles & Family

Come visit me, LATTE, LUCY BLUE, 3 Baby Cockatiels & WADDLES.

12/25/2013 01:18.11 PM Report This Comment  
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