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Thread: I think Alex is going to die

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Glendale Heights, IL (near Chicago)

    I think Alex is going to die

    I hate writing this, but I need PT prayers now. Alex, my cockatiel, looked sick Saturday, but then after a little while was fine. When I woke up today she was on the bottom of the cage and breathing heavy, but still able to walk around and get on the perches. I took her to the vet immediately and the outlook is not too good. They think she has a respiratory infection and the exam alone left her looking terrible . Alex is being hospitalized over night and they are taking x-rays. Please pray for Alex. I don't want her to die, but I don't want her to suffer either. I can't write anymore, I'm starting to cry again
    Billy and Willy! (2 of my 4)

  2. #2
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    Jun 2000
    Waltham, MA, USA
    Pretty Alex will be in our prayers. Keep us updated!

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    Dec 2001
    Copenhagen, Denmark - GMT+1
    Oh, poor little Alex. We'll keep our fingers and paws crossed that she survives.


    "I don't know which weapons will be used in the third World war, but in the fourth, it will be sticks and stones" --- Albert Einstein.

  4. #4
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    Nov 2003
    Chicagoland, IL
    Prayers and healing thoughts are on the way out to you, poor Alex
    Mom to Raven and Rudy the greyhound

    Missing always: Tasha & Tommy, at the Rainbow Bridge

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    Poor baby Alex. I'm praying for her, and hoping she'll come through and be just fine. Please get well baby Alex.

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    Dec 2003
    Land of the Ducks...quack!
    My prayers with you little Alex, poor birdie

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    May 2004
    I LiVe WiTh My HeAd In ThE cLoUdS

    It'll be okay

    Alex has mine & Diego Joe's thoughts & prayers. I understand what you mean. I just know Alex will pull through! If not Alex will be happy & join my cockateil somewhere over rainbow bridge. ALEX FEEL BETTER! I KNOW YOU CAN DO IT! Diego Joe sends his wishes.

    Rainbow Bridge Baby>>

  8. #8
    Oh no! Prayers on the way for poor Alex.

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    Jun 2003
    Oh, Diana, I'm so sorry to hear this. Alex will be in my thoughts and prayers.


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    Dec 2002
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    Prayers coming for you and sweet Alex. Please keep us updated.
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    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Glendale Heights, IL (near Chicago)
    Wow is all I can say. We are still not out of the clear and Alex is still considered in critical condition, but wow. She is home after her overnight stay. I honestly never thought I'd see her alive again, but she is sitting here right by the computer. I feel like I'm going to cry again, but it's because I'm happy. Alex had not one, but two eggs stuck in her. The breathing problems were because her air sacs were constricted. They took x-rays and removed the eggs through her vent. We were prepared for full out surgery, but it was unnecessary. Alex is still under close watch and I have her in the little cage so I can monitor everything better. She is on two different medications. The first is to up her calcium and the second is and antibiotic. The bad news is she can never live with Danny again. I'm thinking of having everything removed so this never happens again, but even if I do the doc says they still shouldn't live together. Also since she is in egg making mode, this can happen again in a few days. Like I said, just because she’s home doesn't mean she is going to make it, but I feel a lot better about this than I did yesterday. Keep those PT prayers coming, they really work! I won't tell you what mutiple of 100 I have spend already, but when I bought her 7 years ago I never thought I'd spend so much on her. I'm glad I did. Alex was about $90 when I got her and that's how much the ER appointment was just to walk through the door. I don't care about the money. Even if she doesn't make it at least I know I did everthing possible. Here is a pic of her right now. If you saw her yesterday, on the bottom of the cage trying to breath, you'd be amazed. This is one tough little chick!
    Billy and Willy! (2 of my 4)

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    Aug 2003
    Northern California
    I'm so glad she's doing better!!!! What a scare! You're such a good mommy! ^_^

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    I'm so glad to hear she's better now! What a cutie Alex is! I think this is the first time I've seen a picture of her. I'll be praying that she recovers well, and that she's back to her healthy self in no time! Get well soon little birdie!

  14. #14
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    Feb 2001
    Greenville, SC, USA
    OMG! I read of her illness and was praying for her. Felt guilty gloating about our "baby" when your precious girl was so sick. So she was eggbound! From what I understand many of these females will lay eggs, regardless of whether in the company of a male or not. I guess maybe being together "revs" them up a little bit more. I know that Milly have certainly produced some eggs in the last 5 months, and obviously, at least one was fertile!

    I hope she will be ok, Diana. I know you have been worried sick. Please give her a little head scratch from me.


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    Taking her away from the male will not stop her from laying eggs. Even hens than have never been with a male lay. There is nothing you can do about it. Seperating her from her mate may do more harm than good. I would talk to some tiels owners and breeders and see what they have to say about it. At least keep their cages next to eachother if at all possible and allow them time outside of the cage together supervised. They can get lonely pretty quick.

    I am SO happy to hear she pulled through last night. I have a feeling she will be just fine. You are such a good mommy taking her in right away! You saved her life!
    Last edited by luckies4me; 06-05-2004 at 04:32 PM.

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