The VENT Thread

Re: The VENT Thread

Postby Miesque1973 » Thu Feb 09, 2017 2:56 am

Something attacked my dove, George, today. He lives in a modified parrot cage outside, under our carport, but either a cat or a hawk got at him. I saw a smallish hawk (probably a Cooper's) sitting on his cage after I had already taken George inside to examine him. George's neck is bloodied up, lots of feathers are missing from the area, and the bottom of his wing is damaged. For all that, he's still relatively alert and moving around, but aside from drinking some water, he hasn't eaten anything yet--not even his much-loved greens.

He's been injured before, but not as badly as this. I don't know that a vet can really do much for him than I have--I've cleaned up his wound pretty well and put some medicine on his neck, but I couldn't find any sign of an actual puncture wound. Right now, he's sitting in my bedroom, on the 'second floor' of my old doll house, where food and water is ready for him when he needs it. He's sitting on the edge of the food bowl, in fact, and seems to have no trouble staying upright. He's not shaking or unresponsive, and he doesn't freak out when I touch him, even when I cleaned the wound. What I'm worried about is that his crop is damaged and he might not be able to swallow any more. If he still looks as pitiful tomorrow afternoon as he does now, I may go ahead and take him to the vet (there's an avian clinic in Austin). I won't have him suffer, but I want to give him a chance.

I'll be devastated if he dies. I should be ready for that, as he's probably over twelve years old now, but I won't be ready for it at all. At least he's got offspring that friends of mine own, and if he does die, I can go get one of them to be George II.

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Re: The VENT Thread

Postby BaroqueAgain1 » Thu Feb 09, 2017 2:21 pm

So sorry that your little friend is hurt. I wonder how a hawk was able to reach him if George is within a cage? Could the bird have surprised him while he was sleeping too close to the side of the cage?
From what I was able to look up about doves, twelve definitely qualifies George for 'senior citizen,' so you have been a really good bird mom.
Good luck...hope he perks up.
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Re: The VENT Thread

Postby Miesque1973 » Thu Feb 09, 2017 6:12 pm

I don't really think he's going to die, but he sure does look pitiful. Just the same, he's alert and curious and walks around (with a kind of goosestep that would be hilarious if the situation wasn't so miserable). But his wound still bleeds a bit. My friend who raises doves recommended I put Neosporin on the wound, and I have something similar. So for now... he sits in the old doll house, on top of his food bowl, and dozes. He sips water sometimes, but he still won't eat. His neck sticks out under his beak, as if his crop might be damaged. He hasn't cooed at all, but he makes objection sounds when I handle him to put his medicine on.

We're working on adding a plexiglass front cover to the cage. If he recovers well, I'll put him back out there, with better security, and maybe a new bride in the spring. More later. We have to run out to Ace hardware to get a few things.

It's a good thing he's so tame or I'm not sure I would have been to doctor him as much as I have!

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Re: The VENT Thread

Postby Miesque1973 » Thu Feb 09, 2017 8:04 pm

When we came home he had moved from the dollhouse to perch under my desk. So apparently his rather feisty personality remains intact. That's George for you--he does what HE wants to do, and that's that! But I still moved him back to the dollhouse and he's sitting quietly now. I wish I had a dovesitter to call, because I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow and two more on Tuesday. Guh...

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Re: The VENT Thread

Postby Miesque1973 » Fri Feb 10, 2017 11:56 pm

You wouldn't think it, but it's remarkable how resilient doves are. George is, from what I can tell, doing just fine. He's eating and drinking well, and while he has trouble getting up onto the perch, he does manage but appreciates a little help. He hasn't cooed yet, but from for all intents and purposes he is recovering. Meanwhile, I've improved security on his cage, with plexiglass across the front door, covering the gaps where predators can get their filthy paws and claws in, and its all held together with bungee cords. It's the Hannibal Lecter cage! (It's still well ventilated, of course--only the front of the cage is covered up)

Just the same, I'm keeping him indoors at night (it's chilly outside at night anyway). He looks a little pitiful, but he behaves as though he's pretty cheerful.

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Re: The VENT Thread

Postby TapitsGal » Tue Feb 14, 2017 1:07 pm

Seriously hating my body right now. Discharged from hospital Friday and readmitted today with the same thing... pancreatitis. I don't drink, do drugs or smoke and NOBODY seems to have any answers as to how I can avoid these frequent admissions. I eat a low fat diet
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Re: The VENT Thread

Postby Somnambulist » Tue Feb 14, 2017 10:50 pm

Navigating the precarious waters of delegating work to someone older than your mother...
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Re: The VENT Thread

Postby Miesque1973 » Wed Feb 15, 2017 4:45 pm

A hawk was perched on the windowsill today, peering in at the finches in the kitchen and looking frustrated. "Har-har! You can't get George and you can't get Spike, Frasier or Mary!"

So I'm venting on his behalf.

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Re: The VENT Thread

Postby BaroqueAgain1 » Fri Feb 17, 2017 7:49 pm

Holy crap, this SoCal rain storm is no joke. It's been raining Biblical flood level since before dawn, and there's been no real easing.
High winds have blown off some parts of a neighbor's home, and is making my walls flex. The street isn't a street...it's a river.
The noise on my roof sounds like a marching band on a train. It's so loud that my cats are hiding under the bed covers...which is new for them.
It's raining so hard that my DirecTV signal has completely cut out...which has never happened to me before. :shock:
I've got water dribbling from all my vents, in my bathrooms and over my stove. If I don't develop leaks in my roof, I will consider that a small (maybe not-so-small?) miracle.
Anyone want to name this storm? Surely the Atlantic Hurricane Center has a few spares that weren't used last year?
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Re: The VENT Thread

Postby Somnambulist » Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:19 pm

It's so bad. I wish it would stop. I have a client with what looks like a million dollar claim from it.

I'm sure it's not the first either.. ugh.
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