Thursday, April 14, 2011
Survivor - Fab Five Episode
Mario and Company!!!
This double photo is hanging in my hallway and each time I go up to my room where Mario and Company are being temporarily housed, I remember the many things I am happy for but right now near the top of my list is the survival of Mario and Company!!
Mario after 24 hours off antibiotics and on KD Powder (ladygouldianfinch.com) in the water. Today, I am adding liquid calcium as besides acidifying the crop and killing organisms it also aids calcium absorption.
The other male has a great hollow roll which he likes to sing and sing.... Outside of loose feathers, he never had any symptoms of the illness.
This hen never showed any signs of the illness. Originally she was placed on top of the stack of three by the window. When she did not like the show cage, she was moved to her own private tray.
This grizzled cap hen had full gasping symptoms and now she is symptom free and showing signs of coming into breeding condition.
This hen is laying eggs occasionally but she was the sickest survivor having gasping, loss of appetite, and threatening eye problems.
During treatment with antibiotics the birds diet was restricted to seeds, antibiotic treated water, soft white bread, oat groats, my homemade dry nestling mix and some soft food. No greens or apple. As part of the party, I picked them this lovely seeding chickweed and later I will serve a slice of golden delicious apple for snack.
My joy just keeps expanding!!!!
Top two photos Happiness is .... are by Los Angeles artist Joe Hoynik.