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This is what a Blue Head Pionus will look like when fully
Approximate wean date of these Blue Head babies was around December
2002 Baby Blue Heads
One of the Blue Head Chicks has a broken leg due to the
mama bird sitting on her chick too firmly. This happens sometimes
and the baby was taken to the vet and had a splint put on the leg.
The baby will be some what normal when the leg heals.
October 4th, 2002 - This poor baby Blue Head Pionus has
had a hard 1 month of life with his leg broken. We have had a great
amount of difficulty on trying to keep the leg straight. With such a
small bird it is very hard to work with. At the First Vet we went to we
tried a masking tape type splint, but it didn't work for long and the
chick started using it too much and then it started bending where the
Now we have taken him to well known Avian Veterinarian
Dr. Hannis Stoddard in Norco, CA - their staff there is much more into the
avian procedures then the other avian vet was, as he said we should go to
someone with more expertise.
This splint actually consists of the leg being padded and with a
syringe tubing cut open at the one end and the syringe placed beside
the leg and
also on the bottom of the foot and wrapping over the tubing and leg, this will hopefully help to keep the leg
straight and so it won't move or bend at the break.
The other baby Blue Head is in great shape, no problems with him what so
ever. They are both active chicks, even with a broken leg on the one
chick, he still acts normal in all other areas.
Here you see the two 7 week old Orange Wings Amazons in
their box looking at the little Blue Head chicks in their tub.
The two Orange Wings are doing well and are being quite
~ October 10, 2002 ~
I am going to call these babies #1 and #2
#2 being the one with the broken leg and #1 is the other one.
#1 Chick has been sold
Just six days
since the last photos were taken. They have grown quite a bit.
12cc's of formula per feeding at about 4 times a day. #2 chick with
leg was not doing too good for a few days, he was very uncomfortable
with his leg.
Now he seems to be doing better, a lot of it was he was not strong
enough in the
legs and could not support himself very well. But now I noticed
starting to stand a little so that means his legs are getting stronger.
I do not
his leg will heal perfectly straight.
As for #1 chick he is doing well in all areas. They are both always very
to eat. In
their tub I have the two separated, #2 with is in a smaller container
tub. The two have contact somewhat and see each other.
I will be back
here in a few days for more updates.
- I put the leg band on the left leg of #2 with the broken leg being that
not put it on
his right leg on the 10th. #1 chick was banded on his right leg on
7th, just the
three days difference of waiting to band him it almost did not want to go
easily, that shows how much they can grow in that short of time.
good news with #2 is that he is doing better all the time, he is standing
his rear end completely off the nesting material. He looks happier
when he was not doing so great. I am going to be able to put them
together now in the same area in the tub, meaning that #2 won't be
Oct. 15 - I took #2 chick to the vet yesterday to have his leg
looked at, the vet said it
good. By the time the chick is 2 years old it should not even be
that the leg
had been broken. The leg was re-splinted and when he has his next
to the vet it will be able to come off. The chick is supporting
#1 chick is
doing good too, they are both eating about 16cc of formula per feeding.
They are well
alert of their surroundings.
This Row is both chicks together.
#1 Blue Head Chick
#2 Blue Head Chick
Here is the two Blue Heads with the two young Orange Wing chicks.
October 23, 2002 ~
# 1 Blue Head Chick
#2 Blue Head Chick
Both #1 and #2 Blue Head Chicks
The chicks are doing very good since the last update.
They are now eating 20 cc of formula. The blue is starting to come
in on the head. #2 chick will have a little red on the front of the
head which is only a baby trait and will not be present after the first
molt. #2 chick was at the vet this past Monday and we decided that
the splint will be left on until next Monday just to be sure that the leg
is good and strong enough. #1 chick goes to the vet also just to go
for a ride to be with his buddy!
October 28, 02
#1 Baby Blue Head
~ Both doing well. #2 was at the vet on 10/28, Dr.
Stoddard took the splint off. You can see a little bit of a crook in
the back of the leg, but as he grows more and gets stronger you will not
see or notice it that much, if at all. His little back toe is not
laying properly. None of this will keep him from having a normal life.
These photos do not show their true beauty. The red that you see on
#2 will not be present after the first molt, #1 does not have any red on
the head at all.
They are both eating close to 25cc of formula per 3 times a day. #1 is
wanting to climb out of the tub, but hasn't made it out yet! #2 will
have to be watched carefully to see that he does not fall and hurt his
leg, he still needs to let that leg get stronger.
November 11, 02
Here's the little critters in the sun light, colors are much better!
Blue Head #1 took his first good flight today among three other flights
that he did after the first one. As you can see these photos are much
better with the sunlight on them it helps bring out their colors better,
there are some shadows. My little digital camera is not too good, so the
right light helps.
Blue Head #2 has not even attempted to take a flight yet, with his leg the
way it is, he is much slower or behind on doing things compared to #1.
They are really cute and the blue is coming in more on the head. #2 has
quite a bit of red on his crown, as mentioned before he will loose it
first molt. They are being hand fed three times a day and eating
↑November 23, 02
Here are the two Blue Heads with the Orange Wings, #1 Blue Head is sitting
up on top next to the Orange Wing eating out of the bowl. He is just
now starting to sample food items, you see #2 Blue Head sitting on the
bottom in the right hand side of the photo. They are almost ready to
be put in a cage, they have been hand fed three times a day, but soon to
be cut to twice a day.
The wings were clipped a couple of weeks ago, I did not clip all the
flight feathers on #2 so that he won't drop quite so hard when he falls
due to his leg. They are both very sweet and are developing nice
November 26, 2002 ↕
#1 As you can see #2 Blue Head chick can perch pretty well.
The flash from the camera has them a little too green looking on these two
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