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`Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia

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On the third day after Momma and Daddy moved into Charleston, they were shopping in my bird store for a cage for a fibling. I was playing on the playstand, and Momma thought I was b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u- -l! About five months later, I was still there because the person who had agreed to buy me had never even come in to play with me since I was sold. Momma asked if I was still available for adoption, and the owners (being more interested in my becoming someone’s Fid, rather than a possession) told her ‘Yes’. Then she finally gave me deed and title to the piece of real estate (she calls her heart) that I had staked out the first time she saw me. Of course, Daddy was the one who had to pay the deposit!


My HatchDay is May 23, 2006 and I was registered on the BirdChannel on August 2, 2007
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Hi! My name is `Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia

I am a Green-Winged Macaw from Rougemont, NC.

I call myself 'Trouble'. Momma calls me Rubes, the Rubicube, or Boo-Bee. Daddy calls me Big Bird.

8 years old   F

Green-Winged Macaw

WALnuts, french fries, bananas, string cheese, and Stitch's Spicy Popcorn (of COURSE!)

I just LOVE to sit on Momma's shoulder, no matter what she is doing, and nibble on her ear and preen her 'feathers' and take off her glasses! ~~ On the 'porch' of my cage, where I can supervise all the goings on of my feline, avian, and human flockmates! ~~ Oh! OH! And next to anything PURPLE!!!

The color RED! ~~ Holding my foot with your thumb when I'm perched on your hand. ~~ AND...When Momma puts me back on my cage after I've walked all the way through three rooms just to be with her ! ! ! (I just climb back down and walk right back to where she is! THREE TIMES if I have to ! !)

Momma is always very gentle and patient with me. She understands that I am
an impressionable young ladybird. Everything she does with me makes me feel safe and loved.


I learned really quickly how to bribe Momma and Daddy with kisses. (Not that it gets me what I want all the time; but it makes them laugh, and I like that!).

When all else fails...FLY ! ! !.

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  Hi Ruby
Just wanted to thank you for making the lovely flower arrangement for Tooth. You did a beautiful job, just what I wanted.
Are you all moved in?
Hugs
Chyna

Come visit me, Chyna & Bailey ♥ RIP.

08/13/2014 10:09.17 PM Report This Comment  
  PAPA'S FAMILY, YOU HAVE FLOWERS FROM THE LA HABRA
FLOCK.

To pick up your order, do the following:
Go to The Pretty Rose Flower Shop, Page 188440 and scroll down to the picture gallery. You will see your order reciept, followed by your order. Your order may be on more than one page. Be sure to check all pages in the picture gallery.

To get your order, do the following:
1. Click on the image to open to full size.
2. Right click on the image to bring up the sub menu.
3. Click on "Save Picture As" and choose a location to save the image.
OR,
4. Simply copy the image and paste the image where ever you wish.
Do the same for all images.
Images will remain posted for one week. At that time, your order will be moved to a file folder. If you wish to reorder the same item, just let us know and we will repost it.

Love,
Alex, Ruby and Mikey
The Pretty Rose Flower Shop

Come visit me, Angel SUNNY, ALEX, SAWYER, RIO & SKYE, POPEYE, SAFFRON (SASSY), THE PRETTY ROSE FLOWER SHOP *We Deliver Love*, PEARL, EMERALD (Emmie), Angel LUCKY, BLUE & JEWEL, CALICO, THE PROUD BIRD PIE SHOP, SELF SERVE FLOWER PAGE, CAMELLIA & BOURKE, Angel CHILLI, GINGER & Angel LOLA.

07/15/2014 11:19.59 AM Report This Comment  
  Happy hatchday
from Alex and the La Habra flock.

Come visit me, Angel SUNNY, ALEX, SAWYER, RIO & SKYE, POPEYE, SAFFRON (SASSY), THE PRETTY ROSE FLOWER SHOP *We Deliver Love*, PEARL, EMERALD (Emmie), Angel LUCKY, BLUE & JEWEL, CALICO, THE PROUD BIRD PIE SHOP, SELF SERVE FLOWER PAGE, CAMELLIA & BOURKE, Angel CHILLI, GINGER & Angel LOLA.

07/15/2014 11:19.04 AM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Miss Ruby!
Stopping by with this very delicious and very large Hatchday cake made just for you by the lovely Lizzie herself! Plenty big for everyone of your flockily and friends to share in celebration on your special day! And it comes with big wishes for everything you could ever want and even more! Head scritches, treats, toys, and most important...lotsa love! (We know you have it already, living where you do, but hey--always wishing the best!)

Happy Hatchday!
Huggzzzz,
Kaji and Lizzie

Come visit me, Kaji ~ Vote ANGEL GIRL #224627 BOTM in Sept..

05/23/2014 09:36.54 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ruby
Flying by to wish you a very HAPPY HATCHDAY and many more. I hope you had a wonderful day. Enjoy.
Hugs
Chyna

Come visit me, Chyna & Bailey ♥ RIP.

05/23/2014 09:04.25 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ruby
Happy hatchday. I hope you had a good day and got many treats and some new toys too. Have a good night.

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05/23/2014 08:23.01 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Miss Ruby~~
Sugar here to perform the Hatchday Song just for you! Are you ready??

AHEM~
LA LA LA LA~~

Happy Hatchday to you! cha cha cha
Happy Hatchday to you! cha cha cha
Happy Hatchday dear, beautiful, awesome Miss Ruby!
Happy Hatchday to you! cha cha cha
And Many Moooooooore~~~CHA CHA CHA

I hope you have the most perfect day ever!!
With much love~

Come visit me, 10K Hall of Fame, BOTD ARCHIVES, Seahawk Sugar and the 12th pig Pippo & The Calendar Page~Sapphire for September.

05/23/2014 07:56.57 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Miss Ruby
Sending lots of hatch day wishes your way
On your special day. Hope you have the best one yet and many more!
Your friend, Gus (Rip Chi chi)

Come visit me, Gus --Chi chi ♥ RIP & Chi chi RIP my sweet girl..

05/23/2014 06:54.30 PM Report This Comment  
  •H•A•P•P•Y•  •H•A•T•C•D•A•Y•!!
... to YOU, Miss Ruby! I imagine the celebration is in full swing at your house right now. Turning 8 years old is a big deal and worthy of a party to remember. May all the wishes that you make come true as quickly as possible!

Love and best wishes from all of the McFlock.

K *v*

Come visit me, Kelly.

05/23/2014 03:12.14 PM Report This Comment  
  Happy Hatchday
Ruby, we hope you have a vety happy day.Sorry for the short message, you can see why on the calendar page. Hugs,Falco and the boys

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Kaji, TiPaul, and Sky for 10k!, Peppino, Divo & Falco, fly free, Tooth.

05/23/2014 01:16.52 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ruby
HAPPY 8TH HATCHDAY! We hope it is your best yet!

Love & hugs,

Angel & Pepper

Come visit me, ANGEL & PEPPER - Thanks everybirdy for BOTD!.

05/23/2014 01:06.54 PM Report This Comment  
  HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HATCHDAY TO RUBY
MY FRIEND AND BOSS LADY...MIKEY

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05/23/2014 10:09.03 AM Report This Comment  
  Happy Hatchday Ruby
V4U today. We're flying by to wish you a very Happy Hatchday. Enjoy and have fun. :)

Come visit me, Mayo, Dandy & Marigold.

05/23/2014 09:51.03 AM Report This Comment  
  HI MS RUBY
FLYING BY TO WISH YOU A MOST HAPPY HATCHDAY. HOPE YOU RE HAVING A BALL CELEBRATING ON YOUR SPECIAL DAY.

LOVE CORI AND BOO BOO

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05/23/2014 09:18.06 AM Report This Comment  
  Happy Hatchday Ms Ruby from Ziggy & flock
TGIF dear friend, we are going to have a peach of a day, and my dad had a wonderful time with sister Donna visiting old family homes, grave sights, burial plots, and some old farmsteads! Our family is well documented in Muscatine Iowa! It left dad with a very warm feeling to reconnect with deceased family members! I hope you have a great day, give my love to all in your happy family home, see ya tomorrow...

Very much love from Mr Ziggy, & the Dallas family

Come visit me, Ziggy~ I am hanging with my best pal Jenny Lynn, Jen Lynn~I too am entered in the Cowgirl Contest, Limon Dallas~Love my home & still see my old mom, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, ANGEL CHRISTY~Entered in the Cowgirl Contest, Ms LaLo-I'm entered in Queen Chuey's contest-yahoo & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

05/23/2014 06:46.51 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Ruby!
Hey pretty girl! Happy Hatch Day to youuuuuuuuuu! Hope you have a great day with lots of snuggles, toys, treats and a great big cake!
Love,
Raffikki

Come visit me, RAFFI AND PUMBAA LOVE CYDNEY!!!!!!!!.

05/23/2014 06:12.26 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi, Ruby
Happy 8th Hatchday. Hope it's your best ever. Here's a vote in celebration. May you have lots of treats, toys and attention. Wing hugs and beak kisses, Pearl and Silver.

Come visit me, Pearl & Silver.

05/23/2014 04:55.26 AM Report This Comment  
  Happy Hatchday !
to a beautiful lady :) I hope your day will be filled with wonderful things - lots of food, friends, fun and family - all showering you with love :)

Come visit me, Cookie goes to school, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

05/23/2014 02:14.17 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Miss Ruby!
I was thinking about you & hoping you are doing well. Are you back home with your good Momma & Poppa, yet? We have been praying for you & her to be mending up quickly. And if you can't do it quickly, at least not be in any pain or discomfort. Miss you, dear lady bird. Hugs for all the KKritterKorral, SamIAm

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04/09/2014 06:20.40 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ruby
Flying by with lots of get well wishes for you.
Hugs and prayers
Chyna

Come visit me, Chyna & Bailey ♥ RIP.

04/03/2014 04:23.11 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Ruby!
Sending healing prayers and warm hugs your way sweetie! Hope you continue to do well!
Love,
Raffikki

Come visit me, RAFFI AND PUMBAA LOVE CYDNEY!!!!!!!!.

03/28/2014 07:30.38 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ruby
Just checking in on you, hope you are having a greyt day. Take your meds and get well soon. Get some rest with your mom.
Hugs
Chyna

Come visit me, Chyna & Bailey ♥ RIP.

03/27/2014 03:00.58 PM Report This Comment  
  Best wishes for a fast recovery
From Mr. scion & flock! I would send you flowers but you'd be arranging them yourself so i thought you would prefer the thought instead! Hehehe! So please get lots of rest and eat well. And don't worry your mom so much! We all love you so much!
Big hugs and kisses from Mr. Scion

Come visit me, Scion, Budgies, Kiwi & Button, Limon & Lima, Squeaky, Picabo & Angel Alfie (RIP).

03/27/2014 10:09.10 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Miss Ruby
V4U today. Saying a prayer so you will feel better soon.

Come visit me, Mayo, Dandy & Marigold.

03/27/2014 08:29.00 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ruby
Hope you are doing much better. Get well soon sweetie.
Hugs
Chyna

Come visit me, Chyna & Bailey ♥ RIP.

03/26/2014 08:42.56 PM Report This Comment  
  Sweet Ruby
We are keeping you in our prayers that you will feel better soon!
Much love,
Raffikki

Come visit me, RAFFI AND PUMBAA LOVE CYDNEY!!!!!!!!.

03/26/2014 07:36.03 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Miss Ruby~
Dropping off lots of prayers and a big healing hug!
You get well soon and remember that youare so loved!
Sugar

Come visit me, 10K Hall of Fame, BOTD ARCHIVES, Seahawk Sugar and the 12th pig Pippo & The Calendar Page~Sapphire for September.

03/25/2014 05:09.03 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi, Ruby
Please get well soon. We shall have our wings crossed for you and hope you will be back home quickly where you belong. Eggstra wing hugs and beak kisses, Pearl and Silver.

Come visit me, Pearl & Silver.

03/25/2014 03:01.50 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ruby
Sending you lots of hugs and get well wishes. I hope you are well soon. Let us know how you are doing.
Hugs
Chyna

Come visit me, Chyna & Bailey ♥ RIP.

03/25/2014 02:33.09 PM Report This Comment  
  HI RUBY
WE ARE SO VERY SORRY TO HEAR YOU ARE NOT FEELING WELL AND ARE PICKING VERY HARD AT YOUR FEATHERS. YOU ARE SUCH A PRETTY GIRL AND YOU MUST STOP THIS AT ONCE. I GUESS ITS LIKE TELLING A KID WITH CHICKENPOX NOT TO SCRATCH. ITS VERY HARD WHEN YOU ARE FEELING SO UNCOMFORTABLE. HOPE THE DOCTORS CAN FIGURE OUT WHATS WRONG AN IT WILL BE A QUICK AND EASY TREATMENT FOR YOU TO RECOVER COMPLETELY.

LOVE CORI AND BOO BOO

Come visit me, Paddy Cake & Piddy Girl VOTE AngelGirl BOTM 224627, CORI reigning champ on feed the birdie & BOO BOO VOTE AngelGirl BOTM 224627.

03/25/2014 01:25.42 PM Report This Comment  
  ATTENTION 10 GRAND HOF MEMBER:
There will be an Open House at the 10 Grand Hall of Fame Page, #197082
for Jake #66865 when he reaches his 10,000th vote. Please plan to join us
any time after that at the Clubhouse to celebrate our new member's achievement.
Appetizers and drinks will be served.

THE 10 GRAND HALL OF FAME COMMITTEE
Maxie the WonderBird, President and Founder

Come visit me, Maxie WonderBird -Thanks for BOTD! & 10 Grand HOF Club - Welcomes DIXIE!!.

03/24/2014 07:11.17 PM Report This Comment  
  PLEASE RUBY
TELL US HOW YOU AND MOM EVA ARE DOING. MISS YOU...MIKEY

Come visit me, PEBBLES-R.I.P. BOTD 12/27/10, ** BABY SKY** R.I.P., *BLUEBERRY** BOTD 4/29/11 RIP 8/12/11, ANGEL COACH DUTY "GO KEVLAR KEETS", R.I.P.flower girl MUFFIN 1/4/14 & MIKEY & KACEY HOLD ON MIKEY.

03/12/2014 07:03.36 PM Report This Comment  
  HI SWEETIE
IK'M THINKING ABOUT YOU. WE MISS YOU AT THE FLOWER SHOP. DADDY WANTS TO KNOW HOW MOM EVA IS DOING....MR.MIKEY

Come visit me, PEBBLES-R.I.P. BOTD 12/27/10, ** BABY SKY** R.I.P., *BLUEBERRY** BOTD 4/29/11 RIP 8/12/11, ANGEL COACH DUTY "GO KEVLAR KEETS", R.I.P.flower girl MUFFIN 1/4/14 & MIKEY & KACEY HOLD ON MIKEY.

03/06/2014 09:58.51 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi U Ruby
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!
Love & a vote
Tia

Come visit me, TiaMaria.

01/13/2014 10:09.00 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi U Ruby
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 05:37.35 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi U Ruby
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 08:15.55 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi U Ruby
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 10:39.03 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi U Ruby
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 08:15.04 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi U Ruby
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!
Love & a vote
Tia

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01/07/2014 07:44.04 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi U Ruby
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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