Sponsor Amber & Ken

Hi, my name is Ken but I call myself Ken Ken. My partner, Amber and I came into Birdline in early November. Sadly, our Dad loved us but was unable to care for us anymore due to health issues. Unfortunately ‘old school’ methods meant that our cage and diet was not adequate for us, we were given mite treatment in the wrong quantity resulting in feather loss, we were lacking in vitamins as you can see from my feather colouring, Amber is suffering with breathing issues and has a problem with one of her wings. Luckily now, we have Birdline and with our safehouse mum they are going to help get us better again.
£990.00 + £232.50 Gift Aid donated
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Here we are after having just arrived at our safehouse, we are in a travel cage whilst our safehouse mum sets up a spare cage for us as ours was far too small and not suitable for parrots. We also sent her out to buy us some toys and big perches so that we could share and sit together.

On our first night it became apparent that my girlfriend Amber had this clicking noise when she was breathing and she wasn’t holding her wing normally. The humans decided that she needed nebulising right away to help open her airways until they could get her an appointment.

Amber is not very tame, so this would be quite stressful for her to be rushed off whilst settling and with breathing issues. We needed to let her settle, get some rest and assist her with nebulising before stressing her more with an (at the time not necessary) vet trip.
Before long we were at the vets, as you can see we were right to wait as Amber was exhausted. Our safehouse had already booked a room with a Birdline member, which was local to the vets so we could rest and didn’t have to drive home the same day. Amber was prescribed medication- much to her disgust! Pain relief for her wing and antibiotics twice a day. Our vet was surprised we were not suffering seizures with previous incorrect dosage of mite treatment. Due to Amber’s breathing it was deemed unsafe to put her under anesthetic. We had to get her more stable before she would be considered for this. Our safehouse also sent fecal samples off for testing, which came back clear.

Our safehouse was advised to nebulise us as often as she can, she has had a humidifier running with F10 and takes us in the shower room to give us the best chance of getting Amber prepped for an anesthetic. Here you can see here how Amber isn’t holding her wing normally.

Although Amber is not hand tame, she will tolerate being a good ba ba birdy (I suffer with a stutter when I talk) and perches with me whilst in the shower room. This will help her breathing and both of our feather conditions. There is also a crash mat underneath just in case she slips.Amber is getting used to the routine and sits beautifully whilst having a nice chill in the shower room.

Amber is now looking brighter after over a month of medication and enjoying her fresh fruit and veg. I do too and make lots of mmmmm noises.

What’s the plan now?

Well Amber has an appointment booked for today because her breathing still isn’t right. We have had to stop medications in order to gain accurate test results.  I will be going too for support and we will be staying over again locally to the vet for her 9 am appointment. Amber will be going under anesthetic to have blood tests and x-ray’s on her wing. We hope to establish what’s going on and work out a treatment plan for her.
Our safehouse has been placed on lockdown for the time being for safety to us and other ba ba birdies. We will remain in quarantine until the vet says otherwise.

I love my girlfriend very much and could not imagine my life without her. So this year, all I want is Amber safe and well and by my side for many years to come.   

Can you please help me care for my girlfriend this year?

Update: 31/12/21
Amber pulled through the anesthetic and is back home with me. I couldn’t be more thrilled as I have been looking for my ba ba birdy all day.
The results of Amber’s x-ray shows that she has thoracic air sacs. This means there are shadows in the upper front of her air sacs which in the ba ba birdy world, means she unfortunately has Aspergillus and will now need expensive medication to help her survive this condition. The x-ray also showed that she has a granuloma covering the liver and kidney area. Bloods were also taken and we are awaiting results. The injury causing Amber’s wing to drop is an old injury with no breaks or fractures. This has probably been caused by trauma and arthritis.

Ambers medication alone will cost over £600.00 and her vet bill today was £477.83 Amber really needs our help to give her the care she needs.
Please donate to help my ba ba birdy. Love Ken Ken.

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