Originally Posted by EllenD
I already know all of this. When I bought him I had plenty of spare money set aside to care for my birds or pay for their vet visits because I was on disability and unemployment benefits but they cut it off suddenly in March last year and I've been waiting for an appeal tribunal since July or August to get them back, AND the money they owe me. I had money left over when they cut it off but it's all been spent on bird care supplies and the odd vet visit and has dwindled down to a mere £14 at the moment, that's all I have in there. That will cover the cost of them seeing a small bird (£12) but will not cover the cost of medication, which from my last experience was a minimum of £6 for a small amount of Baytril that was used to treat a bit of eye irritation, and if it could be as bad as you're suggesting it could be then it could end up being a lot more than that. Especially if I'd have to get him to a specialist afterwards!!
There are no avian vets close enough to me, I really wish I was joking. I'd take him to one immediately if I could. If it was serious enough (if I take him to get checked and something bad was up that is, not as the situation stands now) I would ask my vet to refer me to someone but god knows how much that would cost me. They tend to charge **** of a ton for callouts or referrals, especially if their referred-to avian vets are retired which a lot of them are since clearly none around here work anymore. Not to mention we don't have a car and I can't drive. I understand it's irresponsible and I do regret it a lot but there's only so much I'm capable of as a suddenly broke person :^(. It's not that I'm not willing, I just can't pull money out of thin air. I don't think I can apply for a credit card, I don't even know what I'd need for that. I don't know anything about credit stuff.
Sorry, went on a bit too long there! I hope you can understand at least, I'm struggling financially and both me and my birds are suffering because of it. I'm very aware of this and it hurts my soul a little.
Thank you so much for letting me know the droppings thing is normal overall, I thought it was just breeding behaviour. I was hoping it was though because it's totally ruined my carpet lol. I think he slowly started getting louder in terms of peeps and screams at some point recently and it was after that he had his little falls, almost as if he was getting over excited or something.. it was like a slow build up to the constant screams I get from him now. I've noticed he screams more when it's daylight out and quiets down once night comes, even with the indoor lights on. I'm grateful he doesn't feel the need to scream before I wake up.
He's been a bit more difficult lately though too, a bit more flighty and skittish as well as the screaming. As a bit of an update on his behaviour, I went to let him out of his cage last night and I've never seen him act so.. territorial maybe? He had his wings wide open like a big heart on the bottom of his cage while swaying back and forth, his crest all the way down and hissing a bit. He was screaming to be let out so I was going to but after seeing him like that I left him in there to cool down. I didn't really understand what he was feeling and didn't know if letting him out was a good idea. I was worried I might have frightened him (even though letting him out has been a regular every day occurrence for more than a year now) and he may hurt himself trying to escape me so I didn't want him flapping about the room and risk another fall. I've never seen him like that before and it's baffled me. He's really confusing me lately, I'm not very sure what to do.
I let him out today and until the sun went down it was nothing but constant screams, even louder and more frequent than they were yesterday somehow. However he's much quieter now that it's darker and is having a good ol' preen outside his cage. He hasn't been much of an issue tonight at least. I'm going to try controlling how much daylight he gets, started last night, so now I'm faced with the task of trying to get him back in his cage without him totally freaking out on me so I can cover him. As if that would ever happen. Wish me luck!!