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My husband and I drove two states away to go to a bird fair in search of a female eclectus. I always wanted one just like her and It was love at first sight. She is the sweetest bird I have ever owned.

1/11/12
Griffin and I were all excited about starting a little family of our own and I got egg-bound with my first egg. The egg was much too large and it couldn't come out (like the size of a chicken egg). Mommy has taken me to the vet everyday this week. The vet had to implode it on Monday in hopes that it would shrink and pass. Still no egg. Yesterday I got two shots of tosin to help me pass it and that didn’t help either. Today the doctor made me go night-night for a little while today and he got some of the egg out. Then he found an adhesion that was holding the egg to my uterine wall. Since I am so inflammed and weak right now he suggested we continue with the antibiotics and supplements and plan for surgery again on Friday morning. Please keep me and mommy in your prayers so that everything will go well and I will feel better quick.

1/14/12
My surgery went well yesterday and I got to spend the night at with the doc. He got the evil egg out finally. I am sure glad that is all over. Thanks everybirdie for your prayers!

7/17/13
Momma had to rush me to the vet this morning cause I was feeling yucky and guess what? Another egg. It’s a big one too. I am having contractions to try to get it out and it isn’t stuck this time thank goodness.
Tonight I was much worse and had to be rushed back to the vet again. I got lots of shots and medicines to make me stronger cause I got so weak having contractions all day long. He had to implode the egg again this time. On my way home I finally laid the egg on my own.
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Hi! My name is Ruby

I am a Solomon Islands Eclectus from BAY MINETTE, AL.

Ruby Red

8 years old   F

Solomon Islands Eclectus

Anything

In the kitchen (where the food is)

The sight of terrifying balloons, beach balls, and the vacuum cleaner

She loves to cuddle with me and let me stay up late with her on the couch. She takes me to work with her and feeds me all kinds of great treats.

I like to make strange noises. I also try to whistle songs with Morgy bird..

I must eat anything that doesn't eat me first..

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  HI RUBY!!!
Well looking at your gallery of pictures your Mom sure is right about all of you are very pretty birds.....Sorry never got to answer your blog before...We were having trouble blogging...Every time Mom typed a blog it would get eaten up..So she got annoyed and just got off of BC....Just pecked a vote for you my friend..Hope your day has been a nice one for you..With many birdie wing hugs & beak kisses to you...Love, King Sam :o)

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06/18/2014 06:38.00 PM Report This Comment  
  HI RUBY!!!
You are quite a beautiful Solomon Islands Eclectus ...Just was talking to Morgan and decided I better drop by your page and peck a vote for you also...have a great day...With many birdie wing hugs & beak kisses to you...King Sam :o)

Come visit me, Cydney VOTE ZEENA(#255116)BOTM, Sam, Angel Cinnamon (R.I.P.), Stormy & Princess IS MARRIED TO TWEETY!!!.

06/09/2014 02:58.50 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ruby
I hope you are having a greyt day. Wishing you a very HAPPY HATCHDAY and many more.
Hugs
Chyna

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05/25/2014 08:47.50 PM 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!

Happy Hatchday!
And many, many more!
Kaji and Lizzie

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05/25/2014 07:59.43 PM Report This Comment  
  •H•A•P•P•Y•  •H•A•T•C•D•A•Y•!!
... to YOU, Ruby! I know that the best party in town has been happenin' at your place t'day in honor of your 8th hatchday. I sure wish Griffin were there t'celebrate with you. I'm really sorry that he's not.

Here's to you, Pretty Girl, and the next year ahead!

R ('>

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05/25/2014 07:35.29 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi 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)

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05/25/2014 04:46.44 PM Report This Comment  
  Happy Hatchday Ruby!
And aren't you the pretty lady! I just stopped by to peck your vote button and drop off this bag of almonds that is nearly full. It was a long flight here, so I just might have snacked on a few. A guy does get hungry flying all that way!

Kiddo

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05/25/2014 02:02.57 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Ruby
Happy hatchday. I hope you have a great day and get many treats and a new toy or two. Have fun and enjoy the rest of your special day. Have a good afternoon.

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05/25/2014 01:48.35 PM Report This Comment  
  Happy Hatchday Ruby !
I sure hope it's wonderful and full of fun, food, friends and family . . . and more food !

Give Jade a slap on the back for me ! love Cookie

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05/25/2014 01:47.12 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello 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 cah
Happy Hatchday dear, beautiful, awesome Ruby!
Happy Hatchday to you! cha cha cha
And Many Mooooooore~~~~CHA CHA CHA

I hope your day is just perfect!
Hatchday Hugs~

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05/25/2014 01:07.23 PM Report This Comment  
  Happy Hatch day Ruby!
Wishing you a spectacular day filled with toys and treats and cuddles! Enjoy!
Love, Picabo & flock

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05/25/2014 11:27.39 AM Report This Comment  
  HI RUBY
FLYING BY TO WISH YOU A MOST HAPPY HATCHDAY. HOPE YOU ARE HAVING A BALL CELEBRATING ON YOUR SPECIAL DAY.

LOVE CORI AND BOO BOO

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05/25/2014 09:10.36 AM Report This Comment  
  Happy Hatchday
Hi Ruby, we hope you have the best hatchday ever, and get lots of attention, toys, and treats today! We also hope you are feeling well and healthy! Please don't forget to vote for Sam today, every vote for him gets $3 for Iowa Parrot Rescue! Hugs, Falco and the boys

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05/25/2014 07:20.54 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.

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05/25/2014 05:25.41 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ruby
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 01:50.05 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ruby
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 10:40.22 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ruby
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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01/22/2014 11:40.10 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ruby
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 05:52.09 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ruby
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 06:08.04 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ruby
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!!!
Love & a vote
Tia

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01/18/2014 11:26.15 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ruby
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!
Love & a vote
Tia

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01/17/2014 10:57.46 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ruby
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!
Love & a vote
Tia

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01/16/2014 10:07.26 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ruby
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!
Love & a vote
Tia

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01/15/2014 08:38.41 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi 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

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01/13/2014 11:20.02 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi 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!
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01/11/2014 07:30.48 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi 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 11:40.07 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi 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!
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Tia

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01/08/2014 07:27.27 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi 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 07:25.28 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ruby
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!
Love & a vote
Tia

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01/03/2014 08:15.46 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ruby
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!
Love & a vote
Tia

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01/02/2014 08:59.56 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ruby
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!
Love & a vote
Tia

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01/01/2014 09:35.28 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ruby
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!
Love & a vote
Tia

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01/01/2014 12:13.29 AM Report This Comment  
  Dearest Ruby
I'm so sorry about Griffin... I bet you're missin' him so much. You and him were such buddies, together in many of your pictures and lookin' like you truly enjoyed each other's company. It's makin' my heart feel all sad, thinkin' about you facin' each day without Griffin beside you.

May the sweet memories always remain crystal clear and bright.

With concern and sympathy....
R ('>

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12/31/2013 08:50.29 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ruby
We think BC is fixed, at least for now. Here's an email where you can report problems, though: SiteSupport@i5publishing.com. I hope that will help if something else goes wrong with your BC stuff.
That was some happy and some sad news. We're sorry about the little conure in foster, but accidents do happen. Tell mom to forgive herself! That's good news about Granny and her birds, hope she's well enough to care for them again.
Today it's raining and cloudy, but still kind of warm for this time of year. The leaves in our yard are still green. Mom is looking for the change of color soon, though.
It's gonna be a good day for mom to catch up on laundry, reading, and some errands. She is reading The Beak of the Finch right now and loving it. The Grants did exceptional work in the Galapagos on Darwin's finches. Mom can't even imagine going to a small desert island for a couple of days, much less over 20 years! Anyway, it should be a good day for us birdies, with mom here most of the day. Hope you are having a good day, my friend. Hugs, Falco

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10/11/2013 08:40.14 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ruby
I hope grandma is okay, and will be home soon. I also hope your mom is not overwhelmed with the extra work. We got 2 new birds since I talked to you last. You can go see our new baby, he has a page up. He's a princess, heehee.
Mom also picked up an old breeding hen who just needs a place to live out her life without expectations. Maxine seems to be settling in well. She's eating and climbing around her cage. Mom is trying to let her feel comfortable here.
Mom went to a volunteer supervisor's meeting last night at the center, and she is totally impressed with the planning for the coming year! They have all the info dates and training dates set. They are recruiting reception volunteers, too, which will be a huge relief to folks like mom who often spend as much time on the phone as they do in working with the animals. They are also looking for woodworkers or craftspeople who want to volunteer around the building. What a lot of changes, but they're all good.
Today the dogs go to the groomer, mom goes to the groomer, too, for her manicure. Hope you are having a wonderful day. Hugs, Falco

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09/19/2013 07:36.58 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Ruby!
The parronts are back from the long trip. Boy am I glad! The fid sitters are very nice, but it's just not the same. How are you feeling these days?
We saw Griffin was BOTD, how exciting! You both sure are very handsome birdies!
Hope you're having an awesome Sunday!
Winghugs,
Athena

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09/08/2013 04:40.06 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ruby
You know your mom is just doing what's best for you, right? She probably feels bad that you have to go to bed early, too.
Congrats to the Phoenix Base Flyers on their championship run! Both teams were great this year, though, and the Little Dragons played well, too.
The deck is not done yet, but it's usable right now. The guys were pouring concrete at another job today, then one of them is going away for the weekend tomorrow. They will be back next week to finish up. It looks nice, but a lot smaller than the deck that was there before. That suits mom because it will be easier to maintain. Not much going on here, the weather is gorgeous, but the pool is closed, boohoo. Mom will go back to the gym where she swims for the winter, maybe even today! Hope you are having a good day with lots of love coming your way. Hugs, Falco

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09/05/2013 08:15.34 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ruby
We went to congratulate Griffin so we thought we'd drop in on you as well. How are you feeling these days? I hope you're up and around again and doing fine. Hugs, Falco

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09/03/2013 07:04.45 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Ruby!
Hey pretty girl! How are you doing today? Sounds like that last shot is helping you. Now don't go and lay any more eggs...ok?
Ugh.....you have to go to bed earlier now? Well....if it helps you get better then that's good.....and you will have more energy during the day to watch those cartoons!
Keep getting better sweetie!
Much love,
Raffikki

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08/22/2013 07:26.38 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Ruby
How's the pretty "pincushion" doin' today? You know I'm just teasin' you. Nobirdie wants to be a pincushion, that's for sure. I'm hopin' this last shot you got is the magic one and you're well on your way to being "normal" again. HA HA HA! What are they sayin'? That you've been ABnormal lately? Well! That's just not nice, is it. It's not your fault you'd really like to find a cozy place t'lay some eggs. I'm a guy bird and I'm always on the hunt for a dark place I could show off to some girly~bird if one happened to drop by. Here's hopin' there aren't any more needles in your future.

Happy Saturday!

R ('>

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