Re: Broken wing (humor bone)
Posted by Marcos Gomez on 3/10/06
On 3/10/06, Marcos Gomez wrote:
> On 3/10/06, Fran wrote:
>> On 3/10/06, Marcos Gomez wrote:
>>> Thanks Fran for your suggestions. At this point, I really only
>>> wonder one thing. (I'll try to be concise)
>>> The vet says I should keep him in a smaller cage. He is constantly
>>> chirping and warbling with his buddy in the other cage. Isn't that
>>> causing additional stress? The vet wanted him in the smaller cage
>>> so he would not be as mobile. In theory that is fine. But in
>>> reality, he keeps moving around and pinning himself to the cage
>>> bars trying to get to his chirping buddy. He loves his buddy,
>>> chasing and preening endlessly when together.
>>> So here is the question, isn't any possible benefit of him being
>>> isolated in a smaller cage so that he can heal, outweighed by the
>>> fact that if he was back with his buddy in the cockatiel cage, he
>>> would be close with him, and thus less stressful? To make matters
>>> worse, his buddy is stressed because he misses the bird with the
>>> broken wing.
>>> I am just at the point where I feel they need to be together again,
>>> and I want to pull him out of loneliness and isolation of the
>>> little cage to put him back with his buddy in the big cockatiel
>>> cage. The vet just does not seem to understand the true dynamics as
>>> to what is happening here.
>>> Comments welcome....Marcos
>> Well, I think what your vet is worried about is exactly as you
> stated, that when together
>> they are chasing and preening endlessly. If they get together and
> get active, the splint
>> may very well be displaced, or working together they may be able
> to "preen" it off.
>> The general rule of thumb is to isolate an injured bird so it can
> rest and recove. However I
>> understand your point that the birds are under a tremendous amount of
> stress. Does it not
>> help to have their cages side by side?
>> What do you think about putting the healthy bird in with the injured
> one. This way he
>> would still be in a smaller cage with low perches, but will have his
> buddy with him, and
>> possibly wouldn't be able to move around quite as much as in the
> large cage. If things
>> start to get too rowdy, you can take the well budgie out.
>> If they did manage to get the splint displaced your vet could
> rebandage it. By the way,
>> what are their names?
> Hi Fran....
> My injured bird's name is Von sherbach (Vonci) and the healthy one is
> Shusterman (Shusti). I was think of putting Shusti in with Vonci in the
> smaller cage. But the cage is really to small for one keet. I did not
> buy the cage, someone gave it to me. I would never put any kind of bird
> in a cage this small. It's one of those super small triangular cages.
> with the two doors for food cups on the sides, and the middle door that
> is barely big enough to put your fist in. But I have two perches in it
> and both are on the bottom level so Vonci would not have to climb
> perches. Big deal, so what does he do? He hops to the bars and climbs
> the cage all over the place when Shusti starts calling for him. Ok, I
> have to believe that has to put stress on the broken bone in some way.
> There is no winning here.
> On the other hand, if I put Vonci in the larger cage, they would just
> stay together on the high purch preening each other. Remember, most
> preening takes place around the neck, head, upper back. This is so
> because this is an area that they cannot reach on their own. I rarely
> see any preening on or near the wings. The reason for that is that this
> is an area where they preen themselves. What I am saying is these two
> don't even move from each other. They don't play with themselves..or
> the toys. They just stay close to each other ...face to face...beak to
> beak.....or preening each other all day. If one goes down to eat, the
> other does. If one goes to sleep, the other does. Most of the time they
> don't even jump purches. They climb, down the bars, one after another
> to get to the food. If one uses the stone. The other follows or does so
> at the same time. Talking about love!!
> I guess what I am saying, is that at least if I put them together in
> the small cage or the large cage, the stress factor of them being apart
> will be removed from Vonci. Sure he will still have the stress of the
> splint/taped wing, but, that will seem minor in the overall scheme of
> things....Thanks again Fran....
Sorry Jim.....I confused you with Fran......my error and thanks for your