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About sootie

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  • Birthday 22/09/1985

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  1. Hi everyone, it's been a while. Hope you have all been well. I just wanted to recount my experience with my local avian vet — Django and I have been there twice in the past 3 days, and they have been nothing but warm and friendly, and intent on getting to the bottom of his illness. It all started when I was home sick last Friday. I noticed that Django was doing some unusual head-bobbing which seemed uncomfortable, and his sneezes sounded squeaky and rapid. If you weren't paranoid you'd have thought it was just a passing thing. Since I am somewhat of a birdie hypochondriac (always reme
  2. So... the BF and I finally figured out why Django had been viciously pecking and biting our fingers every morning in the past month. He would refuse to come out of his cage, spread his feet out and not budge. It was literally painful to try and get him to go outside! It's because of a ball that hangs in the cage. He would sit next to it all day, play with it and talk to it. Yeah, we were a little slow to realise this. It's been a year since Ball entered Django's life. Ball's not even shiny, just has lots of holes around which Django uses to drag it around. A few days ago I moved the ba
  3. They are so cute, Jasper looks all grown up! Thanks for sharing.
  4. Watching Django play/do budgie kungfu with his favourite toy and laughing because he is so silly!

    1. BabyGumnut


      Hey sooty, our Albie does the same and it's hilarious. the kids love it!

  5. Thanks Kaz. Nevertheless will keep an eye on it just in case.
  6. Hi everyone, Django's cere looks a little stained lately -- especially below the left nostril. I've read a few topics and they've all said it's a sign of hormonal imbalance/iodine deficiency or worse, testicular cancer. He's just finished a major moult that lasted about 2 months. Photo taken just 10 minutes ago: Django's still very chatty and active (more so now that it's warmer and more daylight!). Any ideas what's going on? Your opinions and thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
  7. Bogie is such a cutie! :question: I'm not sure if Moulting Aid is sold in the states --> link. You probably want to look out for a similar supplement and have a small supply for whenever he looks like he is about to start a moult. We accidentally found out that Django likes cheek rubs when he had just come home for 2 weeks. He was perched on my finger (and too scared to move) and I slowly scratched the back of his neck. He lowered his head and closed his eyes when I did that so he must've enjoyed it. Some birds grow out of liking cheek rubs but it's been about a year and half now, Djang
  8. He's moulting so he probably doesn't like hands much at the moment. It's not your fault, he's just moody. While waiting out the moult, I would talk to him more often, make sure the ambient room temperature is constant, and put Moulting Aid in his water. If he doesn't want to interact at a particular time, just leave him and try again later.
  9. With Django we roll small buds of millet spray up in paper and give the "package" to him when he's on the landing perch outside his cage. Most fun part every morning and he seems to love the anticipation of watching us roll it! Rips it to shreds in about 10 minutes.
  10. Tammy is so cute, keep the pictures and updates coming.
  11. Sootie was buried today in a little park not too far away from us. I still feel sad but my heart's a little lighter now that she's been laid to rest. I'll always remember the image of her sitting on her swing, fluffed up and clucking to herself.
  12. I guess he just thought, Oh a bird just in the first week of quarantine, let me give all the preventative treatments, antibiotics and worming, etc. I'm not very happy with the way he treated her, to be honest. He did a faecal exam, checked her wings, keel bone, etc but didn't think there was anything wrong. He said the faeces portion was normal looking but the excess liquid did seem quite worrying. I felt her keel bone myself before and I knew it was quite pointy. He kept repeating textbook information (much of which I already know from spending time on BBC) and then sent us home. If
  13. Thanks everyone for your kind words, and thank you Dave especially for being so supportive and caring in the past few days. My partner and I are very upset about Sootie and have come to terms with the fact that we all did what we could and in the end, she had to go. It was a laboured departure but we tried to make her as comfortable as possible, and we kept telling her to let go and be free. Over the last weekend, Sootie was happily jumping around her cage and we even began hand-taming her. It was such a relief to see her adjusting so well and so quickly. She stopped eating on Mon
  14. Congratulations, Kaz!! So sorry to hear about the last little one. Hope you get some well-deserved rest this weekend.