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Last Post 02-07-2009 6:30 PM by  Helen W
Suicide Troy
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01-07-2009 6:10 PM

    This is Suicide Troy , Very long story made short. He tried to kill himself twice.

     

    But this is Troy now, With the help of prozac, UV light and pellets.

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    01-07-2009 6:17 PM

    WOW He looks fantastic Tracey, well done

     

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    01-07-2009 6:28 PM
    He sure is a handsome chap - a real BL success story.
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    01-07-2009 6:36 PM
    I should add. He no longer tries to kill himself and some times we have a cuddle. I love him soooooooo much.
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    01-07-2009 7:06 PM
    That is amazing congrats to you both x
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    01-07-2009 7:18 PM
    wow!! he looks like a completely different bird!!! well done Troy!! (and tracey for helping him along the way!!)
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    01-07-2009 7:24 PM
    well done he looks great now keep up the great work it is worth it in the end all we want is a little cuddle with them and all the work is worth while good luck and enjoy your birds
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    01-07-2009 7:30 PM
    Fantastic work Tracy, he looks amazing.
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    01-07-2009 8:07 PM

    Troy looks gorgeous now.He must be very happy with you Tracy, well done xxx

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    01-07-2009 8:08 PM
    He looks wonderdul Tracy! You are doing a fab job.

    It would be lovely to have some background and to read about how you have nurtured him. It is so helpful and reassuring to other members who are rehabilitating birdies to know what others have experienced and what has worked/not worked. ( My BL CAG Norm is most definately WIP (work in progress!(BLESS HIM))
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    01-07-2009 8:11 PM
    gorgeous Troy!
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    01-07-2009 8:35 PM

    Oh Tracey....that is just amazing!!! Yes, I would also love to hear the full story!!! well done to the pair of you x

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    01-07-2009 8:46 PM

    I too am keen to read the long and detailed story. I love a happy ending.


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    01-07-2009 9:28 PM
    You asked for it.

    Troy came in with another grey (not paired ) He was already a bit plucked. He had not been out of his cage for 12 years. (he is 20). "He will never come out." said the man "you can leave the door open all day." Well of course the min the door was open, out he came.

    That night I was woken at 3am buy a parrot flapping around in the the bottom of a cage. So up I jump do a quick sweep of all the cages, no everyone is alright. Back to bed 10 mins late same thing, up i jump this time more investigating is needed so i put the light on wake all the birds up by rooting around under covers. (they all looked most put out.) Then i pull troys cover off, Oh F*%$ing Hell. Yes thats what i said.
    There was 40 feathers laying on the floor of his cage and they where all large ones. Then I notice the blood. Neil has heard my swearing and come to help. We wrap Troy in a towel. Which he seems to like. He has ripped so many feathers out that he has torn the skin on the joint of his wing. we finally stopped the bleeding late the next morning. With the vets help over the phone. We then relised that Troy likes to sleep with a light on and only half covered. Even though we where told by owner that he was covered at night.

    Things where going fine than about 2 week later in the day time while i was out he did the same thing. Not so bad of course most of the big feathers were already gone.

    As the weeks past Troy decided that i was not such a bad person and settled down. With lots of new toys and time out of cage he stopped trying to commit suicide. But the plucking was getting worst. Then he started to look sore. so off to the vets.
    He went though all the normal thing as they do when trying to stop plucking, lots of toys, time out, good diet you name it we whrere already doing it.
    The he said. "Have you tried pellets ? and what about prozac? they are having good result with it in the US."
    "prozac? I'm not sure about that i need to go and google it."

    Home I come, chat with the family spend hours on the internet researching prozac. After another week we all agree that we have to give it a go.
    So we did. 3 months late back to the vets. We all agree that it has slowed the plucking but not stopped it. So prozac stopped.
    "UV light and what about pellets?" Vet suggests
    Off home i go again, a man comes round flogs me a £230 UV light and pellets are brouhgt. (Zupreem)

    That was back in feb this year. You can see the results.
    Although Troy is nuts bless him. So none of us would be surprised if one morning we got up and he had started plucking again. But we are keeping everything crossed.
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    01-07-2009 9:40 PM
    Fantastic, I am so pleased he seems to have turned the corner, got everything crossed that he wants to keep his clothes on permenantly!!

    My luvvies are on Zupreem and I (and they) love it. Even my BL boys and girls that arrive here on a good quality seed mix gorge on Zupreem on the play stand. I particulalry like the little fruit shapes in the fruity variety.

    Well done to you all!!
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    01-07-2009 10:55 PM
    That's a fabulous story. I'm going to try Charlie CAG with some Zupreem. He has a similar history (10 years in a cage) and he plucks. Luckily he doesn't pull blood feathers. He's a really fussy eater who never seems to enjoy anything except tidymix and palm nuts. Maybe your success with Troy can help Charlie. Does Troy have seed as well (presumably with fruit and veg too) or just pellets?
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    01-07-2009 11:16 PM

    OMG Tracey

    Well done I cannot believe it is the same bird that we saw a few weeks after his suicide quest.

    You have done so well with him and to even be able to get cuddles from him, amazing.

    God loved birds he created trees, man loved birds he created cages :-(
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    02-07-2009 7:32 AM
    Helen

    All my birds have pellets as their main food, toast and honey in the morning and fruit as treats. I find even though the Zupreem is more exspensive, there is not as much waste. Also i'm not throwing loads of fruit and veg away. I use Zupreem complete natural mix. So no colourings. All my birds love it. Not so much mess either.
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    All my birds have pellets as their main food, toast and honey in the morning and fruit as treats. I find even though the Zupreem is more exspensive, there is not as much waste. Also i'm not throwing loads of fruit and veg away. I use Zupreem complete natural mix. So no colourings. All my birds love it. Not so much mess either.
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    02-07-2009 7:44 AM

    Tracey....thanks for sharing Troy's story. What a flipping scare you must have had that first night!!!

    The story brought tears to my eyes.....I still find it so hard to believe that people will keep birds in their cages for years like that, poor Troy, but at least he has a brilliant quality of life now thank to you!!

    It's only through understanding the normal can you better understand the abnormal.....
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