It Is Official! Howie Had PDD!
Posted 11 June 2011 - 12:53 PM
On one hand I am feeling better because now me and my wife know in our hearts that it wasn't our faults, but on the other hand we are extremely concerned about our other fids.
The vet has given us lots of advise, she too has had to put her own green wing down for the same reason and that was about 7 years ago, all her other birds are still thriving, she said to not worry about it and it is easy to find ourselves paranoid about what could happen. She put us at ease and basically said to monitor our birds closely and weigh them constantly because if something should happen then any change in weight will be a good indicator of any issues with our birds.
Hannah and Yodas cages were on either side Howies cage so obviously we are looking at them a lot closer than the other birds, however CJ our CAG has now decided to mimic Howies crying and head bobbing, that of which really freaked out my wife, but I put her at ease after I explained to her that that is CJ being CJ, he noticed that when Howie was doing it he got lots of attention, so now he thinks he is going to get attention if he does it(typical greys......always the clowns)
Both Hannah and Yoda are thriving,they have actually gained a little weight, not that they need to because both are basically too fat to fly.
One thing I learned about this deadly disease is that you never know for sure if they have it, how they got it, and how it is transferred from one bird to another, one thing I DO know about it is that it is deadly, once they have it there is a slim chance that they will pull through it. Like my vet told me-don't worry about your other birds, if they come down with it then there really isn't anything we can do but to make the bird as comfortable as possible and even then you gotta be concerned about the quality of life that bird is experiencing.
Before Howie was put down we got the opportunity of visiting him one last time, when my wife walked into the room he totally brightened up when he saw her, when she gave him some lovins I knew for sure that me left us with good thoughts in his mind that he was loved and cherished.
when we were done he just laid his big beak and head down in the palm of my wifes hand and sighed and went "ahwwww" really softly, letting her know that everything is alright and that he was ready. To this day I am still amazed at just how intelligent these creatures are and how they can share their feeling with a human.
Howie was ready to go, he looked really bad, he was still perched but with his feet up high into his chest in a crouched position, and he still had his wings out and down on the perch steadying himself.
The will in the bird never gave up, he was going to stay on the perch no matter what, he was too proud of a bird.
As I said before we really miss this guy, he worked himself deep within all of our hearts, we are happy to have had the short time we had with him.
Even the other birds miss him as well, they all liked him.
Thanks everyone for your thoughts and prayers
Posted 11 June 2011 - 01:39 PM
Becky.....Where Fur and Feather Meet.
Posted 11 June 2011 - 05:56 PM
I PM'd you a link to Dr. Clubb's site a few days ago, she has done a lot of solid research with PDD and you may wanna look for Brian Speer's research as well, please visit those sites. PDD is currently running rampant through the avicultural community and we all need to be vigilant in our behavior, we need to be cautious of birds we don't know, wash/sanitize our hands prior to handling a bird we're unfamiliar with, etc.
My heart feels for you and yours... but remember you didn't loose a bird, you gained an angel, Howie will always be in your heart.
Again, my sincerest condolences....
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