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- Real Name
I am very new to this site, though I have found some great info here just reading through posts! Please bear with me, as this is a complicated situation. I am fostering a sun conure (and his cage mate, a Senegal) for my local shelter, but because there is a court case pending, I can not share pictures or specific details about my location. The shelter vets, bless their hearts, do not see birds very often, and are not entirely well-versed on their issues. Years ago, I had a perfect lory, but quickly discovered that there are not really any vets in my area that know birds; I had to take him to a teaching hospital three hours away for care, and the situation has not changed much (which is why I haven't had any birds since). The shelter vets said they suspected he was self-mutilating his tail feathers and feet, as the feathers looked over groomed (to them) and he is missing some nails/toes. When I got him home and observed him over a couple of days, this is what I think: I have not seen him self-mutilate or over-groom; I think his tail feathers look ragged because he keeps them tucked up under him (or forward, like a c shape?) and is defecating on them; I suspect some damage may be due to his cage mate (my daughter witnessed the conure on the bottom of the cage with the Senegal bent over him, and I have witnessed the Senegal chase him around the cage), or even from being in an improper cage in his previous life. The vets at the shelter took some rads today and said he might have spinal trauma, but I think they are waiting to do more extensive work until the shelter has full ownership of him. They said they did not witness any aggression, so they sent them back to me as before (though when I was there, the birds were in a tiny office all alone for at least a couple hours). I am giving him meloxicam 2/day for pain, and I got him a little fuzzy tent (open on two sides) which he sleeps in at night. He can not perch very well, and doesn't perch at all when his cage mate is present. Does anyone have any suggestions that I could implement that would help while we "wait"? I am going to try to adopt them once custody is determined so I can get him some more professional help (i.e., avian specialist), and I would love to get him a separate cage, but I hate to buy one if I have to send him back in a week or two. Also, any other thoughts on why he might have the bent posture, other than spinal issues? Could it be abdominal or digestive problems (I doubt the latter, as he eats and his waste is "appropriate in appearance). Thank you and sorry for the long post!