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Message #2379. This is a followup to #2378.

Name:Anna and Boo
Date:Monday November 29, 2004 11:34:50 am MST
Subject:Re: I'm back from the Pomona birdmart
Message:No she's not tame, she's really scared, but she must have been a pet at some time. She knows what "step up" means, since she raises her right foot to the command, but when I'm too close she runs away in panic.

She spent the night in the garage, under a heatlamp, because I really wasn't PLANNING to bring home a bird. I was completely unprepared, but what can I say, I'm a sucker for Nandays in trouble. Today I'm setting up a way to quarantine her in the house, away from my fids... Who knows what she might have, I don't want her to even share air space with the rest of my flock at this point. I'll take a look at her poop under the microscope, so if she has any obvious parasites I'll treat her. I'll send off blood for DNA and disease testing (Polyoma, Psittacosis, PBFD, Pachecos) and after I get the results, I'll set up a vet visit. Probably a basic check, fecal, gram stain. We'll go from there.

Her diet is borderline OK, Roudybush pellets and water. Better than all-sunflower-seed, but not good. I am switching her to the mainly fresh and cooked diet that the rest of my guys eat.

Right now, I'm prepared to see her stay naked for the rest of her life. Don't want to set my expectations too high, and besides, she's really kinda cute in the nude. I've never had a naked bird before, so I'm finding, I don't respond to her in the way I thought I would. I mean, the naked is just part of her, so it doesn't bother me as much as I thought. She's a neat bird. She's lonely though, I can tell. She really misses the company of other birds. When she first heard my flock she got all happy, screamed back, and now that she's still separate from them she looks sad again. I'm sure she'll pair up with one of my lonely guys when quarantine's over.

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