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Tue Nov 6, 2012, 08:02 PM

Update on Pidge the African Grey Parrot.

Hubby just called from the vet. The x-rays show her heart's good, her ovaries are a little enlarged, and her legs show increased calcium production. In other words, she's nesting.

HALLELUJAH!!

They gave her a shot that ought to calm her down in a few days.

I told him I was overjoyed that we had some good news on this scary night, and his answer was that hopefully it would be Mitt Romney who lays an egg!

AMEN!!

Thanks for all the good DU vibes. You all who are owned by parrots will understand.

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Reply Update on Pidge the African Grey Parrot. (Original post)
nolabear Nov 2012 OP
GentryDixon Nov 2012 #1
sarge43 Nov 2012 #2
SheilaT Nov 2012 #3
nolabear Nov 2012 #4
Helen Reddy Nov 2012 #5
HopeHoops Nov 2012 #6
nolabear Nov 2012 #7
sarge43 Nov 2012 #9
HopeHoops Nov 2012 #14
benld74 Nov 2012 #8
frogmarch Nov 2012 #10
libodem Nov 2012 #11
kurtzapril4 Nov 2012 #12
hibbing Nov 2012 #13
In_The_Wind Nov 2012 #15

Response to nolabear (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 08:06 PM

1. Good news.

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 08:08 PM

2. That's great news.

Captain, Spazz, Vern and the Keets will throw Pidge a baby shower.

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 08:09 PM

3. Lucky you to have an African Gray.

I had one some years back and they are absolutely wonderful. I would love to have another, but it just wouldn't work with my current lifestyle. Maybe someday.

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Response to SheilaT (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 08:10 PM

4. Yep, she's family. I was scared shitless.

Hopefully after tonight I'll just be scared Mitless.

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 08:20 PM

5. Good News!

 

Chloe and I are very pleased for this news about Ms. Pidge.

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 08:21 PM

6. So Pidge is in heat. Does she have a mate? If not, she'll need sedatives. Horny bird = bad.

 

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Response to HopeHoops (Reply #6)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 08:25 PM

7. They gave her a shot to stop hormone production. I'm not able to raise babies.

Don't have the time or space to provide an aviary and box and privacy and so forth. I've done it before long ago but she's doomed to be an old maid. So she has to join me in my low fat diet and presumably the injection will settle those hormones down.

Poor thing. I am controlling her reproductive choices, I'm afraid.

But damn I'm glad she's not sick.

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Response to nolabear (Reply #7)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 08:42 PM

9. Of course, unless a hen is mated her eggs are infertile.

You did the right thing; brood is stressful. She shouldn't go through that with no results. It's unlikely she'll ovulate again.

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Response to nolabear (Reply #7)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 06:53 AM

14. Me too. Birds are notoriously hard to treat when they're ill.

 

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 08:27 PM

8. Good for you and Pidge, I had an blue front amazon in college,,,

Early '80s, Barney was his name. LOVED to party with us. Just put him on the kitchen counter, he'd go from beer to beer to chips to crackers getting his fill. Then he got a cold. Cost me over 2 bills, man that hurt. But he was cool. I had to sell him after I moved since I was never home much and it wasnt too fair for him.

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 09:50 PM

10. I'm very happy for you!

What a huge relief it must be for you to know Pidge is okay!

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 10:36 PM

11. what a relief

Birds are so sensitive. I haven't been around that many.
When my friend, Greg met his girl friend she had a female cockateal. The bird fell in love with him. A bird crush, I guess. She got all goonie on him and started laying eggs. The stress of the whole ordeal lead to the final demise of the creature. I didn't want to say anything before.

They seem opposite sex conscious.

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 10:39 PM

12. I am so glad

that Pidge is okay! A friend of mine lost her Military McCaw last year, due to being incorrectly sexed. My friend thought that "Charlie" was a guy....but Charlie was a girl. Charlie got egg-bound, and passed away. They were together for 25 years.

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 10:48 PM

13. How about a picture?

Hi,
Glad to hear that your friend is okay. Has she done the nesting behavior before?

Peace

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 08:08 AM

15. Great news.

Our Cockatoo's personality changes radically when she is about to lay an egg.

Thankfully ~ my Blue & Gold hasn't reached sexual maturity yet.

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