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11 June 2018 @ 06:18 pm
Boy I hate being right all the time  
Malcolm's favorite Phrase should be my new catch phrase too. "Boy I hate being right all the time." I can relate to that ENTJ on this one. But before we get to the bad news here is a nice photo of Bullet in the brooder I set up for her.

jokerforever I thought you'd get a kick out of seeing a bird in a reptile box with reptile lights. Bullet has a hot day light, a florescent light and a hot night light. Day and florescent light are run at the same time. Night light is run alone at night of course. I can get this brooder to 85 degrees which is not bad, though it's much hotter outside. I had considered putting Bullet outside though at night it's not hot enough so she had to stay here. Anyway no egg was ever laid so I knew something was wrong. If this was a tumor like I thought earlier hot box won't do any good.

So today I went to the vet and this has been the worst vet visit ever. The waiting room was super busy. More than I've seen it before. Dogs going in and out. I couldn't sit by the window because there are always cats in a cage there. Last time one wanted to eat Bullet and Bullet was too big headed to know to be afraid. I ended up with a guy that sat next to me that had the stinkiest dog ever. I was getting sick. I had to put a tissue over my mouth. And he was stroking it making more stink go everywhere. Luckily he finally moved. Then a baby started crying after waiting over an hour from my appointment time. That's typical. I don't understand why doctors being human or animal make you wait crazy amounts of time from when you're supposed to show up. Finally I got my own room. I was happy to talk to the Vet lady. Her and I get along great. But we were both worried when I told her what was going on with Bullet. She went to X-ray her. She came back later and there's no egg. It is a tumor as I feared. Vet Lady was most worried it was blocking her digestion but Bullet poops well and normally. She took a sample and that was good news the poop is healthy. But we don't know what's up with the tumor if it will get worse or what. At the moment it's not life threatening but it looks bad with her poor tail bulging. She told me she could recommend a specialist if I want to try and have it removed so she's going to get me the name but I'm hesitant to do that because budgies are frail little things and surgery is something they don't do well with. The procedure could kill her before the tumor does. These things are common in budgies but Bullet is only the second ever budgie I've had that has had a tumor, and I have been raising birds for 30 years or more now. I think I got my first budgie in 1980. A great track record but not good when it hits a fave bird. But Bullet is acting fairly normal. I was given antibiotics for a secondary infection. She eats well and poops well and flies. So as it stands I don't know if I will lose Bullet or if she could live a rather normal life despite this. I hope it won't affect her organs or her life. Well I am sad about this now and quite founded. My poor Miss Priss.
actipton80actipton80 on June 11th, 2018 11:38 pm (UTC)
She's so cute in her brooder. I hope the tumor doesn't get any worse. Your little prissy princess is loved.
Des: Budgie Bitchthagirion on June 12th, 2018 01:23 am (UTC)
Yeah, but I bet she's happy to have her real cage back. Thanks. Yeah she's an internet celebrity. Everyone loves her.
jokerforever: Velmont Thinkingjokerforever on June 12th, 2018 03:57 am (UTC)
I have to say, I have never seen a bird, much less a budgie, in a reptile brooder such as that before. Looks like an early version if I’m not mistaken. All the same it looks nice and cute too for poor Bullet.

I’m sorry to hear that the lump is confirmed to be a tumor. I’m glad to hear she’s doing well considering said lump but hopefully she’ll keep it up.

Ugh, waiting for doctors is the worst, especially when in a hurry to see what’s wrong. I this point I have a story to tell. Back in the day I use to have a young dwarf caiman, Schneider’s Dwarf Caiman judging by the head shape. She was a cranky diva in her own right until one day she hadn’t eaten for 3 weeks. I took her to an exotic pet vet and the wait was pretty much like yours here.

Edited at 2018-06-12 03:57 am (UTC)
Desthagirion on June 12th, 2018 10:49 am (UTC)
I had a feeling you'd get a kick out of this. Yes I think I bought this in the early 00s for my first ball python. I moved him out of it to a tank and this became a bird brooder. I have used it to raise baby chicks over the years and for sick egg bound birds like this. I'll post another pic where you can see more of it. I got a good deal on it and knew it would come in handy for multiple reasons even after I got out of reptiles. So many uses, I could even put plants here, though arid plants would do best since wood and humidity don't mix well.

Thanks. It's very upsetting she has a tumor but she seems ok. I hope it won't grow anymore or get worse.

This was a bad wait. I brought things to read, but with all the other people around being a constant distraction it was not good. From now on only super early appointments. I learned my lesson there.
Oh wow that's very cool you had a caiman. I've seen people that own alligators here when I go to the shows. It's not hard to get a permit and I think it falls under non venomous reptiles which is nice. I had that permit because I used to sell baby snakes like garters and ball pythons. I always used to tell Chris that it was cool to think if I wanted I could legally own an alligator. I never would but knowing I could was so cool. But with alligators in the backyard it's not really necessary. They are everywhere here even in the big cities.
kabuldur: Asterkabuldur on June 15th, 2018 11:25 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm sorry about Bullet. It's hard to believe. I'm still trying to take it in. So, that's two of us with bad bird news (even if mine is a chook). Poor Bullet. I hope she an live normally for a while longer yet.

And waiting at a vet's or doctor's sucks.
Calzephyrcalzephyr77 on June 16th, 2018 02:04 am (UTC)
Oh dear! Sometimes one just has a sixth sense about their birds. I'm sorry to hear that it's a tumour but glad she's not eggbound.

As our vet is also a 24 hour vet, it's best to go certain days or times (Monday morning is surprisingly quiet). But there's the whole gamut of pets. I wish they had an enclosed area for small pets to wait and not be so stressed out.
Des: Malcolm - I Hate Being Right All The Timthagirion on June 17th, 2018 11:23 am (UTC)
Yeah, it could have been one of two things and when no eggs came out I got really worried and then it was confirmed. But the good thing is she's been a bit perkier. I hope she can live a normal life and it doesn't get bigger.

Yeah from now on I think first thing in the morning is best. I was worried and took first available.
marchskies: bluebirdmarchskies on June 16th, 2018 05:24 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry it turned out to be a tumor. Hopefully it stays small and doesn't grow anymore.
Desthagirion on June 17th, 2018 11:23 am (UTC)
Thanks. Yeah that's what I'm hoping for. She's been doing well the last two days. I hope she'll put on some weight and get her energy back.