A member on my board has just gone through a total nightmare with her beautiful hen, Isabella Rose. She had an egg break inside her and almost died. I thought I'd post this here (with her permission of course) so that Ekkie owners could benefit from what she's learned.
Many thanks to Tracey for sharing this with us:
It has been quite a while since I wrote an update about my Isabella Rose(SI Eclectus). If you remember, she had an egg go into her GI tract causing peritionitis, ruptured shell gland, chloacceal prolapse and swelling of her GI tract that caused the nerve that controls the GI tract to become paralyzed. Isabella Rose has a GREAT vet, Thank God. Dr. Jenkins said she has never seen such a sick bird survive. I feel very blessed. Isabella Rose is still on one medication, Ragalan. This is to help bypass her GI tract nerve until it is working properly. Even this medicine has been halved. Isabella Rose went in and got her second 3 month Lupron injection. That went very well. Isabella Rose had put on another 12 grams, up to 457. Dr. Jenkins was so happy. She calls Isabella Rose a miracle. I call her my blessing. I have to go to great lengths to make sure that Isabella Rose doesn't become nesty again. She simply wouldn't survive laying eggs. I have made subtle and some not so subtle changes to Isabella Rose's life. I moved her cage, put her grate back in, gave her NO access to anything (especially newspaper) to shred. I have found toys that are more proper for her. Chewing toys rather than shreddy toys, as well as foraging toys. I have also made some changes to her diet. No seeds, no nuts ( we might cheat a little with a few pinenuts), everything skinned and pureed. And wouldn't you know it. Isabella Rose now expects at least 2 hours prep time per meal. She sits up on her boing and bosses us around. I knew from day one tht this ordeal could end in 2 different ways. i tried to keep faith and hope for the best. I am unbelievably lucky. I am not sure what the future holds, but I am working with one of the top reproductive specialists in the country. Dr. Jenkins is like an angel. She really is competent and caring. I would have been lost without her. So, all in all, a very good report. Isabella Rose is as snotty and bratty as they come. I am so happy to see her spunk return. My poor bitten fingers aren't so sure, but I will happily bleed to satisfy my princess. Thank you everyone of you who prayed for or thought positively for Isabella Rose during this terrible ordeal. It has meant a lot. I have learned a valuable lesson. do not think you know what you are doing. Always ask and learn. And, please, learn about how your bird's reproductive system works. It could literally save their lives.
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