Richter Update Help Me
Posted 17 March 2010 - 08:20 PM
I need ideas on how to make Richters life more exciting than a cage. He cannot perch high, he can barely walk, and I know he longs to do more.
I have given him several toys to play with and he does somewhat, but not much.
Since he plucks and I turn down the heat at night, he sleeps in my nightstand drawer . I have a heating pad on all night tucked between the thick folds of a cotton blanket. It never gets too hot and it keeps him warm.
I give him an albuterol treatment before closing his drawer and he likes being there. He squawks for me to take him upstairs at night. After tucked in the nightstand drawer he quiets down and goes to sleep. Bless his little FID heart
I took him out today in the sunshine but he wanted to be close to me. I suppose it may have been big and scary when you cannot walk, run or fly. I guess I thought he would like the sunshine and outdoors.
Since he was found in a basement with a foot of water, I thought it would be a treat.
I love Richter VERY MUCH. If you have any ideas of how to make his life more pleasureable please help. He is a handicapped little bird and that makes it rough.
Posted 17 March 2010 - 08:32 PM
Posted 19 March 2010 - 01:56 PM
Because of his foot problem, I would not suggest full flight, but a milder clip so he can flutter down, rather than fall.
He sleeps in the night stand drawer. How cute! Pics please
What does the Doc say about the blisters?
Posted 19 March 2010 - 03:55 PM
As far as the "blisters" are concerned you're talking about the ones near his wings? I believe it was determined that he has air saculitis ...is that correct. If that is in fact the case. those blisters are probably little pockets of air that leak out of the air sacks in his chest just about where his wing connects to his body. Many birds have air sacs rupture and they live long lives. Most of the time its the one near the neck so it looks like they have big turmors on their necks when the pocket fills and it usually happens when the bird gets excited or nervous they will eventually drain out and look normal again until next episode. There isn't anything that you can to do prevent that from happening. As long as the bird doesn't act like he's in pain from it, its more bothersome to you than it is to him.
Have your vet keep track of him as far as the "blisters" are concerned...you might keep track and document when he has them where, and for how long they stay, so you can see if there's a pattern to it... And then maybe you can start going through a process of elimination and see if you can figure out what triggers it.
But I would definitely work on the wider perches and see how he does.
Posted 21 March 2010 - 12:39 AM
Posted 23 March 2010 - 02:15 PM
I really want to see a picture of him in his sleeping drawer!
Posted 24 March 2010 - 05:59 PM
He gets a breathing treatment at night and again in the morning. I was diagnosed asthmatic so I have albuterol on hand. I can split one vial and use one a day to help with the wheezing and breathing issues. I have heard that they can seal these air sac bubbles. Has anyone ever heard of that?
I am going to move his cage to a duel level ferret nation cage. It is large and longer and will give him more room to move around. I could try a pillow under his perch in case he falls. He really longs to be up on the high perch but I don't allow it. I let him sit up there once and he fell. He has had about 4 falls since he has been here. I know but it has been a learning experience for us both.
I have taken him to my local vet and she has helped with Cipro. A better vet is over an hour away. Perhaps I need to go there so I can learn more.
I will work on flat perches when I get the ferret nation cage set up. He needs something more than a life on a 1.5' X1.5' flat space. I cannot hold him all the time although he would definately prefer it. He really is sweet. Together we are learning about each other and we have very successfully bonded. I really think he would have bonded with anyone who showed him kindness but I am glad it was me.
I love having him sleep next to me in the drawer. Although if something happened to me, I am not sure if anyone would look in the drawer. Perhaps I should post a little note on the nightstand just in case, so he is not left behind.
In three weeks I go to Nashville and pick up a baby Galah which is my preferred bird. I will never quit loving my Quaker named Richter or my GC conure named Christian.
I am however---very excited about getting my baby Galah.
Thank you for all your help if you know of anything else, let me know. He is not that fond of toys. But he loves peas....he would eat peas until he exploded I think.
Posted 25 March 2010 - 12:29 AM
You said the new cage is multilevel. Most of us use ropes and ladders. I suggest some sort of ramp. Like Connie mentioned, 1x2, 2x4,..... looking forward to seeing Richter!!!
Your an Angel for all your doing.
Posted 25 March 2010 - 04:47 AM
It is amazing what you are doing for Richter. It's so great to know there are so many people out there who really love these special treasures.
Posted 25 March 2010 - 07:45 AM
And looking for a picture of Richter in the night stand drawer....
Posted 29 May 2010 - 07:05 AM
Posted 02 July 2010 - 01:24 PM
Edited by ~Crystal and Bammie~, 02 July 2010 - 01:24 PM.