Long story, but my new cockatiel Lilo is still being quarantined in an office at the bird store while they and their on-call avian vet treat her for an eye issue (see my previous thread). I thought it was pink eye, but their vet thinks she may have scratched it on something. My guess is she hurt herself while trying to climb in her new cage. The eye problem developed a week after I got her. The store tests all their birds for psittacosis and other diseases. She is very clumsy, and they just keep all their young birds in fish tanks there with nothing to practice climbing, which I plan to bring up to them. She was three and a half months old (14 wks) when I got her, and I have tried keeping everything low to the ground, but she should be able to climb better for her age. (There are no other apparent physical issues or deformities.) She is a very sweet, tame bird and I am getting antsy without her (my two older budgies aren't very tame, though I take steps to tame them regularly these days, also a long story). It's been a week, and they told me they'd like to keep her for another to make sure she's completely healed. One part of me thinks I should be patient and allow them to keep her as long as they feel necessary to make sure she is completely healthy before they send her home and allow her to continue to be monitored by their vet. Another part of me thinks I should ask them to let me take her home and continue giving her the medicine. I appreciate what they're doing (I plan to buy the worker a bottle of wine for all her efforts!), but I don't like being away from my new bird for so long, when I could be spending this time bonding with her and giving her cuddles. <3 Thanks for listening to me vent...I find myself posting on this site and fantasizing about my next bird purchase to pass the time--probably a GCC or a Peach-Fronted Conure. I think I'm going through birdie withdrawal.