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Hello everyone,
My beautiful bird Roo whom I've had for 14 years seems to be slipping away. A few days ago I notice she was uneasy after flying and landing on her perch, almost like she was about to fall over. I took her to the vet, and she decline very rapidly. They weren't sure what exactly was the cause and wanted to do more test. When I went in to visit her for the third time that day, I could tell she was close to dying and so I told them I wanted her home with me. I brought her home and we had a very long rough night. The next day she started to eat and drink on her own again, and at times exhibited her normal behaviors. She is very tired and has been resting most of the day but then she'll have these moments where she flies a few feet out of nowhere. When she lands, she can barely stand and this is followed by a period of 10-15 minutes where she seems very stunned, lethargic, has shallow breathing, and her eyes have this glazed unfocused look. Then she snaps out of it, almost like she's having a stroke or something. But I'm worried her next episode will be her last. I am keeping her very warm, in a quiet environment and haven't left her side for the last 48 hours. The vet gave me some pain relievers for her and some antibiotics in case it's some sort of an infection. Does anyone have any suspicions as to what might be causing her sickness? Also if anyone has any tips on how to best care for a sick parrotlet, any favorite treat ideas, or ideas on how to cope, that would be much appreciated. I love my Roo so much, and I'm grateful to be by her side at this time, I just hope I'm making her as comfortable as possible.
 

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Oh, no. I am so sorry to hear about Roo being so ill. You sound like such a wonderful mom, the way you have been constantly watching over her like you have. I do not doubt for a minute how much you love Roo and are taking the best care of her you can.

It is good you are keeping her warm – that is important. If you have a sunny spot in your home, she might enjoy some warmth from the sun. Another thing is you may want to lower the perches in her cage and put a towel at the bottom of her cage to reduce any injury if Roo falls. Be sure to place her food and water bowls where she can easily reach them. Make sure she is eating and drinking. As far as what to feed her, you may want to offer Roo some of her favorite foods. Berries are healthy if she likes them. Sometimes they can fool us, so make sure she is actually eating her seeds and not just picking at her bowl. Sometimes birds will hull a seed but not eat it. Also, I would try to discourage her from flying if you can. It appears to take too much out of her afterwards. She is just not healthy enough to be flying right now.

I am sending you a hug and my heart truly goes out to you. Times like these are never easy.

Please let us know how she is doing.

Anya
 

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I am sorry to hear about Roo being sick. Sounds like you are doing mostly all that can be done. One suggestion is millet in the cage 24x7. It is like chicken soup for the soul of a distress parrotlet.
 

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You have been given some good advice. The avian vet and results from any tests that they ran are the best resources to determine why your bird might be sick.
 

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We are glad you wrote us! We welcome you, even though you are having a rough time with your parrotlet. I wish it was a better situation. Your Roo is definitely sick. P'letts try to hide their sickness. It was very wise for you to get Roo to a vet and please, follow any advice the vet has to offer. You come across as a very loving and caring paront to Roo and she appreciates this act of love very much!
She is acting like my Bogie acted when he was sick. He would fly and land just like you said Roo did. He would show signs of being okay and would show a little bit of energy, here and there, then he would get ' sick ' again. This went on for the whole summer, but he did get worse. I made many trips to the avian vet, and even to a specialist, but Bogie couldn't fight off his ailment.

Keep your Roo warm and quiet, just like you are doing. Flying is a no no with a sick bird. Ozzie is correct in the suggestion of putting millet in the cage 24 hours a day. Even if Roo wont touch it now, she may, later on. I hope the vet tested the poo do's of Roo.


Please keep us posted! We care about Roo and are concerned. Stay safe!

David and Vicki 🦜 🦜
 
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