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Kakariki poorly = sad outcome, and a second sad outcome

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Hi, can anyone help please. We have 2 Red Crown Kakariki's, a male (Bertie) and female (Ziggi). The male is about 2.5 years old and recently started squarking in a sound like a 'crow' call as well as getting slower in his normal movements. He appeared to be in a lot of pain so I took him to our local vet, with no problems found. 2 weeks later, he can't climb properly, can't seem to fly where he wants and now crashes in relatively simply landing spaces (use to be able to land gently on my head). He goes to sleep permanantly, even when on my shoulder/finger within a few seconds. It's so sadening, as I took him to vet who said couldn't tell me anything, and gave some antibiotics to go in water as well as seperate from the female (antibiotics only in his water). He tried to fly when I got back but couldn't go forward, basically hovering and then going backwards like he could no longer steer until he crashed badly into the window blinds scaring himself as well as me.

 

We feel so desperate, he is still very friendly, but gets close to our faces when on our shoulder which indicates he's trusting us to help him in our minds. He comes across as if he has "given up" in life. Now he can't even crack seeds or pick up small food easily although he tries to and drinks as normal.

 

The worst bit is that the Vet doesn't think it's down to old age and if he doesn't get better suggested putting him to sleep, which although may be the kindest thing to do if he doesn't improve is surely not the most immediate resort especially as he seems happy just so lathargic. We are hoping that someone else might know what to do or know someone who may have experienced this? I just pray so as we're so attached to the little guy, he's the best.

 

Any help would be massively appreciated. Thank you in advance, Will & Shells.

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How very worrying for you. Bertie does sound very poorly.

My first question would be was the vet you saw a general vet or an avian vet??

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Is this a qualified (specialist) Avian vet or a Vet in a general practise? I ask as general vets often do not see enough parrots to build up much experience.

 

I really feel this little soul needs to see an experienced Avian Vet - if hew has already seen one then I'd go to a different one for a second opinion.

 

If you need to find the nearest specialist Vet to you have a look through the lists here:

https://www.parrot-link.co.uk/forum/16-avian-vets/

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Did you take him to see a Avian vet? Most vets know little or nothing about birds I'm afraid :( I think your little guy needs to be see by a Avian vet asap. I hope it goes well.

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Thanks for your reply everyone, I took him to a general Vet, only as much as we have taken him there before and they were excellent. This latest time, the Vet didn't even know what he was in terms of breed and so said he couldn't take a blood sample. I will have a look at the Avian list to see if there's one near Derby, Nottingham or surroundings. I would spend any money to have him back to normal... thanks again all, very kind.

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please get this bird to an avian vet as soon as you can,in the meantime cant you give him soft food or even shell his seed for him just to get him eating something........good luck,keep us informed...possitive vibes from us

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Thanks Vikky. I have tried that but he can't pick up as he can't seem to focus, what is the best larger item to give him? I've put pinapple in there which was recommended by the pet shop where we buy his food, but he doesn't touch it.

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Are you anywhere near Craig Hunt in Loughborough?

 

This is the most local one to us actually, is he good... ?

 

Chine House Veterinay Hosptial

Sileby Hall

Cossingdon Road

Sielby

Loughborough

Lecestershire

LE12 7RS

TEL 01509 812445

 

Craig Hunt BVETMED Cert Sam CertZooMed MRCVS RCVS iN ZOOLOGICAL Medicine

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hi sounds as if you`ve just seen a general vet if this bird is going to survive he needs

 

to See an Avian vet ASAP Craig Hunt at Loughborough is probably your best bet

 

FOOD if he`s struggling to feed he almost certainly needs food ASAP --------- the best things are either Polyaid ,or critical care formula but at this time of night unless you get to a vet or already have some you will have to make do with either glucose or sugar dissolved in water

 

Keeping warm

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hi sounds as if you`ve just seen a general vet if this bird is going to survive he needs

 

to See an Avian vet ASAP Craig Hunt at Loughborough is probably your best bet

 

FOOD if he`s struggling to feed he almost certainly needs food ASAP --------- the best things are either Polyaid ,or critical care formula but at this time of night unless you get to a vet or already have some you will have to make do with either glucose or sugar dissolved in water

 

Keeping warm

Thanks Storbird, We have been feeding him by hand, and his appetite is still strong (as it always seems to be). We were scared to give him something that would cause more harm than good, but excellent suggestion, thank you.

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you could perhaps puree some so he can lick at it...can you not take him to a vet tonight as an emergency?

Thanks Vikky, will also bare this suggestion in mind too. Appreciated...

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yes Craig comes highly recommended by a member on here. Particularly for emergencies.

 

Agree with stormbird - glucose or sugar water.

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will.bad, byrons at nottingham is where i take all my birds, they are excellent and they dont mind coming out to see you in emergancys, and they have someone to take emergancy calls too,, here is there number 01159244117 please give him a call,

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yes Craig comes highly recommended by a member on here. Particularly for emergencies.

 

Agree with stormbird - glucose or sugar water.

I used the measuring syringe tool and some tinned light syrup fruit, then fed directly which he seemed to like at 1st, but after a few drops flapped his wings in complaint, but he had a few drops.

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Eer you don`t say what your feeding him with but if your not already using it the best thing to give sick birds that are tolerating food is handrearing formula as it`s a complete diet and you can make it as thick or thin as necessary and you can feed that as long as he`s not taking proper food . The polyaid/critical care formula are for rescue feeding and supplementing the diet while they are seriously under weight

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will.bad, byrons at nottingham is where i take all my birds, they are excellent and they dont mind coming out to see you in emergancys, and they have someone to take emergancy calls too,, here is there number 01159244117 please give him a call,

Thanks, I will try them too. Sorry for the delays in posts back, we're just spending some time making him feel as good as poss.

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Eer you don`t say what your feeding him with but if your not already using it the best thing to give sick birds that are tolerating food is handrearing formula as it`s a complete diet and you can make it as thick or thin as necessary and you can feed that as long as he`s not taking proper food . The polyaid/critical care formula are for rescue feeding and supplementing the diet while they are seriously under weight

Thanks Stormbird, he's certainly not under weight and was just feeding him his standard food mix pre-bought from Pet City. Thanks fr the advice on correct food types.

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