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His Name is Barry.

Posted by chickadeedeedee z 6-7 ish Ohio (My Page) on
Mon, Apr 14, 08 at 22:31

He had an accident.

Hello all. He was flying across the street without looking both ways first and was struck by a car. Luckily the people in the very next car witnessed the accident and stopped to pick up the unconscious American Robin. They placed him in a box and immediately brought him to see me.

Having recovered somewhat, the Robin was fluttering in a panic and perhaps he ~could~ fly be I needed to make sure all was well before he could be released.

Well ... CRAP!

He had a slight head tilt to the right, his right eye was closed and he was breathing very rapidly. Upon closer examination, his right pupil was the size of a pinpoint and the other eye appeared normal. That is a sure sign of brain trauma. There is a *slight* dent in the top of the skull too. I could find no other fractures. His head drifted to the side a few times as he lapsed out of consciousness but I told him to hang in there ... and he did.

He was given intravenous steroids for the control of shock, brain swelling and pain control, some fluids and was immediately placed in an oxygen tank to get a higher concentration of oxygen. That is the most important part of the therapies for brain swelling and concussion. The system had added heat to keep the little beat up Robin warm.

And we waited....

Within 20 minutes he was able to keep his head up without falling over. Within 30 minutes his right eye opened and I could see the pupil was not as contracted as it had been.

RAH!

He's doing better! And then he started to move around his toweled enclosure. I covered the oxygen tank with a towel so he would not flutter and further stress himself. The lady who brought him in asked if she could see him and she was happy to see him standing and walking around. "What's his name" the lady asked?

Barry! His name is Barry.

Barry continued on oxygen through the day. Later in the afternoon he was given a bowl of water, chopped grapes, pine nuts and mealworms. He did appreciate the grapes and went to sleep .........

Later in the day he finished the mealworms, the grapes, had a drink (and a poop) in the water. The right eye was intermittently closed. I brought Barry home and continued the oxygen supplementation, the heating pad for added warmth and more food. He ate many mealworms, waxworms and earthworms.

Barry has had medication for his pain, concussion and antibiotics plus the oxygen for three days. The supplemental oxygen concentration was slowly decreased yesterday afternoon and today he has been without the added oxygen for four hours now. He continues to do well.

In a few days I'll take him to the avian specialist and the ophthalmologist to have a more thorough exam and evaluation.

She types with fingers crossed .... I believe Barry will survive his trauma. The only issue would be if there was damage to the eye. I saw no bleeding within the eye as we did with Mr. Cardinal so maybe he'll be OK. Hopefully once his skull fracture is healed and his eyes are verified as healthy, Barry can once again go outside and do what Robins do.

~*~*SIGH*~*~

And so the struggle to help the birdies, or whoever, continues......

Here's Barry within hours of his arrival in the oxygen tank.

C3D

Hopefully GOOD updates to follow.


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Ahh, look at him! Although he is looking a little put out !
I do hope he gets to hopping around soon.

Thanks C3D I needed that :^)


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Hi Jeanner. Yes ... Soooooo rewarding to see this guy recover from his accident. Hopefully he will be released in the weeks to come.

Barry is doing OK so far, thanks Jeanner for your concern. I'm worried about his right eye though. He keeps it closed more often than not and the pupils aren't ~quite~ the same size. He seems to be a good example of why it is so important to have an injured anyone checked by a vet rather than just checking with a rehabber over the phone. Lots of vets will check on wildlife for free for the good Samaritan who brings them in.

We had a Starling fledgling for at least 8 months before she was released. She flew into a store window and was initially in a coma and then semiconscious for 10-14 days! We tube fed her and all that good stuff.

Then as she was regaining consciousness she was fluttering around and we thought she would hurt her wings. She was put into an orthopedic stocking .. a birdy straight jacket (LOL!) for about 5 days until she stopped endangering herself. After an 8 month recovery she was released into the Camp Nappy garden. She returned the following spring to show off her family of speckled children. LOL!

I'm just doing the initial emergency stuff but will leave it to the avian specialist and, in Barry's case, the ophthalmologist to make sure when he's able to be released.

Updates whenever ....

Camp Nappy Birdy Bed and Breakfast Refugee Camp :-)


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Bless your heart CD3! You're the best thing out there for poor little injured beings. Thank you!!
P.S. Can you see blood inside the eye in birds, like in humans? In us, its called a hyphema, and you can actually see the cloudiness in their eyeball through the pupil. Is it the same for birdies?


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Tue, Apr 15, 08 at 9:25

Awwww, Barry!!! He is SO handsome, and you KNOW I have a thing for one-eyed creatures, so the eye thing is an added attraction for me. :D

I sure hope he makes a full recovery! I love that look robins have...that angry expression. LOL Fingers crossed, as always!

Brenda


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It is so wonderful that there are people in the world like you C3D, that you do what you do and then share it with us. Also for the person that cared enough to bring him in. I hope he makes a full recovery and if it takes awhile, I know he will be happy at Camp Nappy. Glenda


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Barry continues to improve and get stronger. His right eye stays open almost as much as his left although he still seeks the darker area of his ICU. He also tends to stay where the heat source is located more than not. The pupils appear to be the same size now.

Mr. Cardinal wanted to be kept warmer for a few weeks as he recovered; Barry will decide for himself when he no longer needs the added warmth. Mr. Cardinal had the chamber of his eye filled with blood ... just like one would see in a human eye injury of his severity. Barry doesn't have blood in the chamber. His trauma is more of the brain and reflected itself in changes of the eye.

Too early to tell about his ability to be released. He will get an evaluation by the avian vet and another opinion from the vet ophthalmologist. I don't know if there are specific vet. avian ophthalmologists but this vet ophthalmologist will evaluate eyes of birds and most everything else. I know of one vet ophthalmologist who will examine all species except reptiles. Personal choice I guess.

It may be that the best measure of the severity of the injury has nothing to do with pupil size or head tilt but rather our Receptionist, Olive the Yellow-naped Amazon Parrot. When she saw Frosty the baby squirrel she thought his conditions was "Very worrisome." Our little beat up mouse was determined to be "Ooooooohhhhh!

I brought Barry in and set up the oxygen tank at home with the usual questions of What's that? Whatcha doing?... " She saw the Robin and asked in her most proper English .. Who dat birdy? I told her that this is Barry.

"Well, HiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii! How are you? You're a pretty birdy. HiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!"

It seems she knows he has a better chance. Barry continues to get his medication and he's eating very well. So far so good.

C3D


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  • Posted by horton 6 b Ontario. (My Page) on
    Wed, Apr 16, 08 at 8:01

Chicka-ricka-bobbin-robin fixer, you're a darlin' person indeed!
We hope the wee birdie makes it through and keeps on bobbin' along.
"Horton"


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Wed, Apr 16, 08 at 9:49

LMAO!!!! @ Olive! She knows a real hunk when she sees one. Love her taste in men!

Maybe he'll sing to her like Mr. Manilow. *purr*

I sure hope his evaluation brings only good news, Chicka!

Brenda


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LOL! We were thinkin' Barry White early this morning when he gave us a short Robin song . :-)

Either way, Olive does have great taste in men. Mike is Pretty Boy. His brother Nick visited us this last weekend and she said, "Oooooo. Who are you Sweetheart? New Pretty Boy!" LOL! Olive *did* have a crush on Mr. Cardinal but didn't we all? :-)


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Two important things to tell you about Barry this morning.

* He flies!

* He still has his tail!

How do we get him down from the now poopy curtain rod?

(You sure you want to subject yourself to our ~normality~ at Camp Nappy, Brenda? LOL!)


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Thu, Apr 17, 08 at 9:35

LOL!!!!! @ Barry White AND Olive! That's so hilarious! I would gladly have some of Barry's white deposited on my head to experience only 2 minutes of life in the abby normal lane! But I'm willing to pay by the hour and bring my own shampoo.

YAY for the flight!!!

"How do we get him down from the now poopy curtain rod?"

"Very carefully?" said the novice.

Barry Amused


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All is well. We enlisted the help of our esteemed ~welcoming comittee~, namely his speckled highness, Kramer the Starling and baby Cheeky the Ring-necked Dove. I opened the door to the aviary and called Kramer and Baby Cheeky out into the living room. Being the good boys they are, they promptly came out to see what's up.

While they were given some treats and I went about giving Olive the Parrot some grapes and water ... Barry was watching. Soon Kramer took up his favorite position .. on top of my head! Baby Cheeky was perched on my shoulder and I went about whatever I needed to do. Barry flew down and landed on a branch next to Olive.

Oooooooo! She's in love! HiiiiiiiIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIiiiiiiiiiiiiii Sweetheart! You the pretty bird? You the pretty bird!

Kramer flew over to Barry and they just looked at each other. After about a half minute Kramer introduced himself. I'm sweet sweet Kramer! Sweet! Sweet! (~Wolf Whistle~) He's always the *perfect* host.

I'm sure Barry had no idea what to make of these characters but seemed to be put at ease that these birds are NOT frightened by me. I sat on the couch and played with Baby Cheeky and Barry flew down and ran past me and went up on the planter next to where I was sitting.

I talked to Barry and told him that although he looks *very* delicious, I was not going to eat him. As I talked to him I got ready to grab for him.

GOTCHA!

He was placed back in his ICU.

He is **VERY** poopy too!

Sooooooooooo...... How did Barry get out? I was holding him and giving him his medicine. He started to wiggle and soon I had him by the end of his body rather than the center of his body. I said out loud: "OH NO! NOT THE TAIL!" and promptly released him! He gains little altitude at the moment. He does fly but can go up maybe 3 ft. at a time. So up on the coffee table ... over to the couch ... the back of the couch ... over to the table with plants on it ... to the tree on the table and up to the curtain rod!

There's blankets covering the couches in anticipation of a first flight so that was easy to pick those up and give them several washings. Took more time to pick up the overturned orchids and pots that were on the carpet.. Barry tried to find worms in the soil of the banana tree. And we needed the exersize to climb up and down the ladder a few times to de-poop those areas. No real harm done. We're just happy Barry has improved so much!

That's pretty much how Mr. Cardinal started his flights after his accident last year. But I learned. So far, Barry has his tail feathers. But on the other hand ... there's still time!

I know. I am so not normal. LOL!

Barry will meet with the avian specialist and the ophthalmologist on Monday.

C with 3 Ds


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Normal is highly overrated! At least that's what I keep telling myself.

SO GLAD to hear that Barry is adjusting to his home-away-from-home. And deworming the banana tree, you can't ask more than that of a guest!

Please keep us up-to-date on Mr Barry's adventures at Camp Nappy!


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Barry has changed soooo much just since yesterday morning! He's bouncing around his enclosure. He's eating everything he's given and the refills. He's a pooping machine! He's singing a variety of sweet Robin songs and seems to feel much better. It is as though he suddenly became fully aware of his surroundings and he wants OUT!

We explained he needs to get a little stronger and go through the parole board before he is released. So far he looks and acts *very* good! We just need to make sure his eye is OK then when he can fly and gain altitude properly he can go and find a Mrs. Robin.

This morning he will be put into a large flight area where he can gain his strength prior to leaving our Birdy Bed and Breakfast.

Need to make room for the next guest, dontchaknow? Don't know if the next guest would be so gracious as to de-worm the banana but I'm sure they'll fertilize something! :-)


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Sat, Apr 19, 08 at 9:49

Chicka, I canNOT get enough of your birdie interaction stories, especially Olive & Kramer talking to Barry! It sounds like he's doing so awesome, too!!! A lot of poop is a good thing, that's what I always say. *sniff*

Brenda


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I'm grinning from ear-to-ear, such wonderful news!

Chicka, you really should be blogging your encounters, they need to be shared worldwide!


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Hi again. Just me with the morning Barry report.

Sorry everyone but I don't think this thread will last much longer. From what I have seen, Barry is A-OK and ready to leave our bed and breakfast. He flies. He sings. He eats. He preens his gorgeous feathers. (Gotta look nice for the ladies, dontchaknow? ) He wants to leave!

As much as we have enjoyed his visit here, we too want him to leave and enjoy his life renewed. All that stops him now is the final exam by the parole board made up of the avian specialist and ophthalmologist. If they say he's ready to leave then he will be released.

I'll letcha know.

Thanks for coming along with us and helping Barry to recover from his accident.

When he was moved to the larger free flight area Olive interrogated me. "Whatcha doing? ... Are you sure? ... How's the pretty bird? ... OhhhhHHHHHhhhoooooooo! ...:

Once she saw he really can fly and he is stronger and he's sooooo very active ... she agreed. Very well. Pretty birdy is very well!

So there you have it. Olive's expert opinion. Maybe we'll cancel tomorrow's appointments? :-)

Just Me.

~~~~~> Me? Blogging too? OK. In my spare time. LOL!


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Ohh, I'm going to miss Barry. But I am glad that he is able to go do what Robins do and hopefully you taught him to look both ways before he crosses the road next time. If not be sure to tell Olive to instruct him before you let him go. Good work. Glenda


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I do hope he gets the all clear - please let us know how it goes. Be sure to give him a kiss on the head from us before he flies the coop!


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Mon, Apr 21, 08 at 9:33

That's awesome news!! I trust Olive's diagnosis completely. LOL!

Stay safe, Barrylicious! More kisses from the West Coast Peanut Gallery! *SMOOCH*

Brenda


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Olive is just in lust. She's not an ophthalmologist and we're not quite done with him yet.

Barry gets to stay with us for at least another month! The internal pressure of his left eye is more than double that of the right eye. He has glaucoma as the result of his accident. The other components of his eyes are fine as is the rest of him.

So ... Barry needs to get eye drops twice daily for two weeks and then rechecked. If the medication helps we may try to wean him off the medicine and see if this is a temporary setback. If the medication doesn't work or if he can't be without the medicine, he might become a permanent resident.

It's just that he's so frightened when I try to catch him. I don't want him to panic and hurt himself. I DON'T want a hand full of tail feathers either! Mr. Cardinal learned to tolerate getting handled so I'm sure Barry will too.

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Well .... CRAP!.

I'm still in jail!


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Oh, He looks like wants to be out of jail sooo bad. Probably missing Mrs. Robin. And Olive did ask "are you sure?" I'm glad he has you to look after him and his needs. And we do get to hear about the life of Barry for awhile longer. Glenda


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He does look a little wistful doesn't he? But I'm sure you will have him hand tamed in no time - you OBVIOUSLY have the touch!

Thinking good thoughts for Barry :^)


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Mr. Junco didn't hand tame and we had him 10 years! Of course after the first month we had him, we didn't need to handle him and he was free to do whatever in the aviary.

Barry's got more ~furnishings~ in his jail cell now so it isn't so stark and cold. There's a Hoya winding its way down one of the branches and he's got a fern to tear up or hide under if he wants some privacy. There's also orchids and other planty things all around so he can pretend he's hiding.

When Barry and I got back from the doctor's appointment, Olive screamed at the top of her birdy lungs:

"WHERE WEEEERRRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEE YOOOOOUUUUUUU?!?!?!?!?"

I told her what had just transpired and she said:

All Right! All Right Sweetheart! OOOOooooooOOOOOooooOooohhh!

She took the words right outta my mouth!

OOOOooooooOOOOOooooOooohhh!


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Oh Chickadee just love your beautiful Barry. They always look like they are in formal evening attire to me. Tails and all. Glad to hear he is doing better and i hope and pray for a full recovery for him. I hope his eye gets better and better and he can go and join Mr. Cardinal in your backyard birdie buffet soon. Best wishes.
Bonnie


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Tue, Apr 22, 08 at 9:35

Cripes! Well, I sure hope that medicine works, darn it. I know it must be such a bummer to have to keep them locked up for their own health. Keeping one of those funnel collars on my kitty when she had eye problems about killed me! LOL

As others said, at least we get more Barry stories! :) And lustful Olive stories, too! LOL!!!!

Brenda


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Hello everyone. It's ME!

My stark jail cell now has some vines on the branches and I can hide under a large fern for privacy. Everyone here is quite odd. Some form of human feels they need to catch me twice daily. So far they have not eaten me but appear to be preparing me with a special seasoning they instill in my eye.

I try to get away but cannot get far so I bite as hard as I can but it does not phase them. They try to calm me with a gentle rub on the neck. I caught myself stretching out my neck a few times because it did feel good! I corrected the trance like state I was in and bite the human again.

And how do they retaliate? I have a bowl of worms, some skinny things called mealworms and a special delicacy known as waxworms. These are very chubby and delicious. The bowl is always filled. A separate bowl of an assortment of chopped fruits of watermelon, two kinds of grapes, kiwi fruit, cantaloupe, honeydew, blueberries and strawberries are given twice daily.

A third bowl has moistened dry dog food and canned dog food. Can you believe it? In some respects these humans show some intelligence but I am a bird and they are giving me dog food. I only ate it because I wanted to be polite. They do seem to care about me but I am not sure why. I don't like this at all but am told this is part of my recovery and I will go free.

I tried to take a bath but just had a relaxing foot soak when no one was watching. One of the worms went for a bath but the smaller human removed him and put him back in the container with soil. No matter. I'll find him later.

They say they don't know what day I am to fly this coop. I hope they are not leading me along and I will be their captive like that guy in the speckled jacket. Although .... He doesn't seem upset that he is employed as a greeter of sorts. He visits my jail cell often and we talk then he goes back and tells the other captives.

He is an intelligent and very likable fellow. Sweet sweet I believe is his name. Oh, I need to go and poop now. Excuse me.

Barry


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Barry sounds much like our rose breasted grosbeak who tried to go through a closed glass door and messed up his wing. I wish the steroids had been available. It might have shortened his visit which was very traumatic to our poor dog. I didn't think about a fish tank. Rosie was kept in the greenhouse which would have become far too hot very quickly. To keep him from trying to fly until the wing healed, I made a jacket out of a net onion bag. He pecked at it for a while and I had to replace it but he did get used to it. He didn't want to eat but eventually he would gulp down cherries while I held him and checked the damage to his wing. Letting him go was traumatic for everyone, but he was able to fly north with some of the late arrivals in just two weeks. His first attempt was sheer panic but he sat for a moment and stretched his wings as if checking out how they worked and then flew up into an oak tree as if he had never been hurt. He left with the next flock but came back briefly to do a fly-over.
A friend cared for a pair of doves that had been attacked by a hawk and had flown in panic into her garage. Only one had been injured but the second refused to leave. She immobilized the injured one's wings by cutting a hole into the toe of a small sock and pulled it over the birdy's body with the head through the hole. Every day she would take the birds and her two dogs outside and the birds were able to get some exercise in a portable dog run and cage while she stood guard against the hawks that always flew over the area. She was smarter than I was. She pulled a little hood over the bird's head when she examined her.
I love to hear about your critters, Chickie. You show them so much love and I think most of them return it. Your own bird shows more common sense than some humans I know. :) Sandy


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LOL Chickie, you crack me up!


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Thu, Apr 24, 08 at 8:53

"Oh, I need to go and poop now."

LOL!! I'm cracked up, too! I wonder when Barry is going to figure out that all of those worms make for a nice, plump, juicy birdie, all the better to eat him with! LOL

Sandy, I sure admire your bravery, and ingenuity, in taking care of that injured bird! I would be too scared I'd do something wrong. :D

Brenda


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Hi again. Nothing new here, aside from the stray earthworm being tossed to the floor. Barry continues to do well. Either he's getting used to being caught or we're just getting better at it but he's still getting his eye drops twice daily AND still has ALL his feathers.

Two days ago when I caught Barry in the morning Barry let out a shrill alarm call. Olive, the parrot, yelled at me: WHAT NOW? I told her that Barry is frightened and I'm not hurting him. He needs his eye drops.

She watched me put the drop in his eye and release him.

Very Well!

I was scolded by a parrot!


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Mon, Apr 28, 08 at 8:30

LOL!! Oh, Olive. Yes, Barry is a high-maintenance man, but he's SO worth it!

One of Barry's brothers is out serenading me now at 5:30am. They're such romantics! :D

Brenda


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Olive is just looking out for his buddy Barry :^)

When is his next checkup??


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Olive is keeping an eye or two on us. Better not mess around with *her man*! But ... on the other hand ... or wing ... she doesn't go over to visit him like she did Mr. Cardinal. Olive was always schmoozing up to Mr. Cardinal. (Weren't we all?!?!?) She keeps her distance with Barry and just makes kissing sounds to him or calls out:

"HiiiiiiiiIIIIIIIIIIIIiiiiiiiiiiiii Sweetheart! How are you? OOOOOOOOOOooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoo!"

Barry meets with the ophthalmologist next Monday.


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Barry is getting a little ROUND! Better get him on the Worm-Watchers Diet. :-)


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Thu, May 1, 08 at 10:16

I love a man with a little meat on his bones. And I think Olive would agree with me. LOL

Olive sounds like a construction worker "cat-calling" to the ladies. :D

Enquiring minds want to know - does Olive talk to Daisy, too? I really would pay to see that; double if Daisy replied. LOL

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Brandy, Brandy, Brenda!

Olive talks to everyone! The repair guy was here to fix the dishwasher and she was asking:

"Whatcha doing? ... What is that? ... Whatcha doing?"

The guy didn't bother to reply.

"Hi! How are you? .... How are you? ..How are YooooOOOOOuuuuu? ..... How are you? How are YOU?"

The repair guy kept doing his thing and ignored Olive. Well, lemme tell you, she is NOT the type to be ignored!

HEY!

... at the top of her lungs ...

HOW THE ARE YOU?

I believe the man had *almost* passed a stress test at that moment and he replied, "Fine."

~~~~~>Very well!

Daisy and Olive? Oh Lordy! I wish I knew how to post an audio thingy here! Olive makes a unique sound when she sees Daisy. Kinda like a "Aaaaaaayyyyyyy! Aaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy! Aaaaaaaayyyyy!"

To which Daisy feels the need to sit, raise her head and howl

"OooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooo!

Over and over again. Then Rani joins in the howling...

OOOOOOOoooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooo!

Then Olive kinda sounds like a chimpanzee with her

"Ooooooooooooo Oooooooooooo Oooooooooo Ooooooooooo .... Ahhhhhhh Ahhhhhhhhh Ahhhhhhhhh Ahhhhhhhhh! RAH!"

The ~conversation~ can go on for a loooooooong time!

My God! We are sooooooooo weird! :-)


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Yup, weird....but we love you anyway :)


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A cheap microphone and a PC is all you need. You can download free software (Audacity is one) to record it on your PC - then email it to me and I'll post it! Wouldn't that be fun to hear your menagerie - although you do a great description!


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ROYFL! Thank you and thank Daisy and Olive. Sandy


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Fri, May 2, 08 at 9:42

Oooohhh, man, I would LOVE to hear that!! That is the most adorable scenario with Daisy and Olive! I'm sure it's not too adorable after going on and on and on...Energizer pets!

And I'm LOLing!!! @ the WAY too serious repair man! Don't mess with Olive, dude.

You're living the DREAM, Chicka!!! But I'm sure you already knew that. :D

Brenda


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  • Posted by horton 6 b Ontario. (My Page) on
    Fri, May 2, 08 at 17:12

Chicka ricka-ticka-boo, can Olive dance?
I still need a partner to trip the light fantas-tick!
"H"


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A microphone and the 'puter? I'll have to see how we could do this. Thanks for the offer Miss Jean. I might take you up on it. :-)

It's just another day here. Olive and her RAH! WAKE UP! YO! WAKE UP! morning greeting. Daisy and Rani howling ... Walk past the crabs and they hail you with The Claw. Sugar Gliders barking at night... The occasional squirrel loose in the kitchen.... Swifts ... The mouse drama ... Koi in the basement... Who knows what will happen later this weekend. It doesn't seem so unusual until I write down what's going on and then it hits me just how crazy we are.

We need to downsize!

We don't yell at Olive or try to get her to stop her calls. She had a very unhappy period in her life which ultimately brought her to our home. It took several months before the real Olive we all appreciate came out. :-) If she wants to make silly noises so the crazy dog howls and then she laughs that's fine with us.

Horton, Sir. Olive *does* dance! I'm not sure what the dance is but she's got lots of moves with her feet AND she does this wing-thing plus some very nice head moves. She sways her whole body from side to side ... has her wings about 1/2 way extended does a side step left ... side step right ... bob her head a few times and then tilt her head to the right and then the left ... and the dance continues.

Mike will have her on his arm and sway with her too. Ooooo! Olive adores that so much she will thank Mike after the dance by regurgitating some food which he politely declines. Told you Olive is in lust! LOL!

We need to get a video of Mike and Olive up on You Tube or put a segment into our DVD that can be purchased at the Camp Nappy gift shop. :-)

Yeah. Just another day. Gotta get some worms now. Oh, and the migraine prescription!


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It is not good news for our dearest Barry Robin. He had his appointment this morning with the ophthalmologist and the pressure in his eye has not improved. It is still too high. Now there is no light reflex so it is thought that there is permanent damage to the optic nerve and Barry is blind in the left eye.

He is not someone who is considered releasable. I asked what was the next step for Barry and the ophthalmologist said: "Euthanasia!"

EEEEEEKKKKKKK!!!!!!

Oh no. We're not having that! Not now. Barry is now on another kind of eye medicine which he gets three times a day plus continue the medicine for pain. He'll get the pressures checked next week. If there is no improvement then there are not too many options left.

He would either need pain medicine forever or get the eye removed so the source of pain is permanently gone. I can't imagine killing Barry. He sings, he flies, he eats and is a very charming fellow! If the worst comes to pass he would have his eye removed. We certainly don't want him to be in pain all the time! This is very upsetting and I *hate* the idea that he has lost his freedom.

On the other hand .... Mr. Cardinal was diagnosed as permanently blind too fairly early on but after living here 5 months he was released after he had been healed. Maybe Barry needs more time and he certainly deserves every chance he can get. So .... Barry will be living with us for a while longer.

*~*~*~*SIGH!*~*~*~*


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Oh, this makes me very sad. I so wanted him to be able to go be a normal Robin again. But with your good care there is always hope. I know you will decide what is best for him. Couldn't be in better hands or better company. I would love to be able to visit with your menagarie, if you are able to get it on here on video or audio. Glenda


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As it stands now, Barry has already lost his eye. That cascade of events happened with the initial impact injury. He is also considered too high maintenance to go to a nature center that houses unreleasable birds. He's now getting Pilocarpine 1% every 8 hours along with pain medicine by mouth. There's a whole host of other medications that can be tried should this latest rounds of meds not work. Since his pain is controlled the actual removal of the eye would be the last option.

Outwardly Barry seems 10000000% normal. Once caught he seems 100000000% OK .... except .... he has no ~menace response~. That is to say if you make a motion toward his face on the left side, he doesn't blink or react in any way. He cannot see. On the right side he blinks; he turns his head; he bites. He sees.

Sometimes the rescue and rehabilitation of a bird or other animal doesn't go as smoothly as would be hoped. He survived the initial concussion and skull fractures and bruising. He's made it this far and since he was brought to my door I need to make sure he is 100% sound to go back outside. That includes the very important ophthalmologist exam which all our refugees must go through prior to release.

Would it be so bad to live out his life here? There's a moral dilemma. I know he'd be happier outside flying free and running across the green grass. To be a captive in a small cage and being caught three times a day and get some drops in the eyes? Not so great. To be a captive, minus the painful eye, and free to fly in a huge flight cage with other birds safe from hawks, well fed and not getting caught daily, not too bad at all.

The number one priority is to have Barry pain free! The second priority is restore his sight if possible. The last would be the best. A release into the wild.

I think we need to try all our options to let Barry save his eye and perhaps have his sight restored before we make that irreversible decision to remove the eye and sentence him to life without parole. He's got an appointment with another
ophthalmologist for a second opinion.

~~~~~> Very well. Let's Roll!


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Tue, May 6, 08 at 9:19

~~~~~> Very well. Let's Roll!

Amen, sister! Yes, it sucks that he might not make it back out into birdie society, howEVER, to have him minus the painful eye, and free to fly in a huge flight cage with other birds safe from hawks, well fed and not getting caught daily sounds pretty darned good, too!

We can only hope for the very best, Chicka. Everything's crossed here. Thank you so much for being such wonderful surrogates to sweet Barry!!!

Brenda


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But think of the alternative if he hadn't been brought to you ..... he wouldn't have had a chance even if he survived the initial hit, he is so much better off even if his eye does not mend. But miracles do happen, so sending good thoughts to Barry (and you!)


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Hmmmmmm .... How you say in English?

WOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOO!

Barry CAN SEE!

Just now I went to give him his medicine and checked if there is any response to movement on his left side. He turned his head and nipped at me! Maybe he got a cue from something else so both Mike and I tried to approach his left side from different ways. He saw us coming each time!

How well can he see? I have no idea but it is a HUGE improvement with just two days of the new medicine. The pressure in his eye must have reduced at least some allowing the optic nerve to function. Would his glaucoma resolve completely and he can be off the medicine? Don't know that either but at least we are on the right track again.

I've **NEVER** been so happy to get my finger pecked!

:-) x 13!


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Wed, May 7, 08 at 10:34

Dittos on the perfect English!!! Ohhhh, let us hope! *everything still crossed here*

Brenda


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Oh, and I am so glad you got your finger pecked also. Thank you so much for keeping us informed and letting us share and rejoice in Barry's life. Your dedication is truly outstanding and I know very rewarding. Glenda


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Did you hear the yelling down here in SW Ohio????? What wonderful news! Thanks C3D, you just brought a smile to my face.

I had a close call with a wood thrush this morning ... a pair of them were chasing each other around and as I was watching she hit the window, luckily she hit the screen instead of the window. It did stun her and she went down. I raced outside to see where she was and there she was sitting in the grass. I couldn't leave her there with the stray cats and the raccoons so I picked her up and held her in my cupped hand. In a matter of minutes she was able to perch on my finger, she was breathing normally and was sitting upright. I tried to get her to grab hold of a branch in a snag but she would not let go of my finger. I kept telling her she was such a pretty bird (and I couldn't resist stroking her belly). Her suitor was obviously distressed, he was chirping and hopping around in the brush about 25 feet away. I did finally get her to take the perch and went inside where I could keep an eye on her. Five minutes later she flew off. I worried all day that she might have some kind of damage that I couldn't see. Do you think she'll be okay???


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Hiya.

Maybe I was too enthusiastic with this mornings post? Maybe I am delusional? Maybe the drugs are effecting my dearest Mike?

Hmmmmmm. This afternoon Barry responded to movement on his left side and this evening he had a really good hold of my finger from his left side! :-)))))) He *does* see on the left!

So the roller coaster ride continues. Will he need the medicine for a week? A month? Six months? Forever? Dunno! We'll let Barry decide.

Oooooooooo! Wood Thrush! How wonderful is that encounter?!?!

I think if she bounced off a screen she didn't suffer any real damage .. just got disorientated for a moment. If she was knocked out cold or was disoriented for a long time maybe she had some real trauma. I think she's OK and will have a happy summer with Thrush-lings. :-) That's nice you were able to hold and comfort her. (For BOTH of you! LOL!)


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Why does the caged bird sing? This morning we have been treated to two hours of Barry's sweet Robin song! How cool is that? :-) He's given us snippets here and there but this was the full blown lilting early morning song they sing when all is dark.

Yesterday's afternoon and evening eye treatment was met with the same reaction to seeing motion on his left side. He turned and bites! It was not just a fluke or delusions of hopefulness. Barry can see. How well? Time will tell.

He's *got* to be feeling better if he feels well enough to sing. That's the most important aspect of Barry's imprisonment ... that he is comfortable and on the mend. Usually if one bird says something the whole herd joins in. This morning all was quiet except for the soloist, Barry.

He was only interrupted once when Kramer said, Sweet! Sweet! He's got a full house appreciative of his song and more importantly thrilled to tiny mint balls he's doing better!

It took a couple of months before our Mr. Cardinal would serenade us with his songs. Eventually we heard four distinct melodies from him. We do hope Barry just needs more time for things to heal and he can get off his eye medicine and go free.

Hooray for Barry! :-)


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Thu, May 8, 08 at 8:39

What a wonderful update, Chicka!! Amen, Kramer! LOL Oh, how I love the morning robin serenade. The sweetest song, in my opinion. He was probably singing the famous Irish tune, "I Can See Out of My Left Eye!" One-eyed Clyde the pug tried singing it a couple of times but was only able to hum a few bars. :D

Mr. & Mrs. Wood Thrush are lucky to have you on the lookout, Jean! At least he knew she wasn't fibbing when she said she had a headache last night. :)

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Hi everyone.

Barry and I got back from the scheduled doctor's office appointment. The fantastic news?

The pressures in BOTH eyes are normal!

The pressure should be in the 20s (like for people) and Barry had 24 in the right and a 27 in the left eye this morning. Last week Barry was at 24 in the right and 49 in the left.

Hooray for Barry!

Now the plan is to cut back on the eye drops from three times a day to twice a day. We'll do that for about 2 weeks then cut back to once a day for about two weeks. If all seems OK we will try going without the eye drops for a week and check the pressures in the eyes. If they stay normal .... he is free to leave and be a wild bird again with LOTS of stories to tell his friends.

Right now all that would keep Barry here would be if the pressure goes back up as the medicine decreases. So far, so very good!

C3D :-)


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Great news! I just know this is going to work, I have the Faith!

I saw two wood thrushes tonight so I am assuming they are the same two and that all is well - hopefully I'll be seeing thrush-ettes some time this summer.


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Today's exam .....

The ophthalmologist put eye drops into Barry's eyes that are an anesthetic for the corneas. She then turned off the lights and examined his eyes with a light and various lenses to see the details of his retinas and other eye structures. All was normal as it has been from the first exam.

The lights were turned on again and Barry had something called a Tono-Pen placed on his eye repeatedly and that instrument measures the internal eye pressure. The doctor repeated the measurments three times on each side to make sure they were a true reading.

Here's a site that kinda describes the instrument:

http://vet.reicherttonopen.com/ Tono-Pen

The ophthalmologist did not see much of a light reflex from Barry's left eye. That is to say the pupil did not get smaller when a light was shined in the eye ... yet ... he did turn and try to peck at her on the left side! Just like he did with us! Hmmmm! Maybe he sees motion or shadows? Maybe he needs more time for the optic nerve to recover now that the pressure is normal? We have lots of time for Barry to recover. We won't try to rush anything but are pleased as could be that he truly is getting better!

WooooooooHooooooooo! :-) x 13!


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Thrushes

You are gonna take and share thrush-etts photos aren't you?

Hint! Hint! :-)


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I am so glad to hear the good news. I know he will be happy to be free again, but we sure will miss him. Glenda


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Tue, May 13, 08 at 9:17

Lucky ophthalmologist, getting to gaze into Barry's eyes! *sigh* :D I have the Faith, too! This is like watching a soap opera...only WAY better. LOL

Brenda


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Barry has been singing his sweet morning Robin song for the last three hours! Silence from the rest of the inmates.

No calls of MICHAEL! WAKE UP! WAKE UP! RAH! RAH! RAH!... from Miss Olive.

Just quiet appreciation of one of Nature's finest soloists.

Barry gets to gaze into my bloodshot eyes. Not *quite* the same, is it? LOL! He too is a Nature lover. He feels the need to free the worms! EEEEKKK!!!! Nothing like going into the living room and being greeted by a nightcrawler on the carpet!

Probably making his way to the banana plant to repopulate.

There's so much ~behind-the-scenes~ stuff at the Camp Nappy Resorts ...yadda, yadda, yadda ... Soaps Studio. One day passes are available on-line at our web site. :-)


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Thanks for the chuckle at the end of my long day C3D! And I hope Barry continues to improve! S


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Thu, May 15, 08 at 8:14

LOL!!! @ your bloodshot eyes, Chicka. Well...I'm sure he doesn't notice. Animals are forgiving that way. :D

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Bloodshot Chickadee here.

I don't know if it is time to panic and cry. Barry did not sing Thursday or Friday. Does he just not have anything to sing about or is his eye hurting him since we went from three times a day to twice a day for the eye drops?

We gave the drops three times Friday. If he starts singing again .... I guess we know he *NEEDS* to have his eye drops. A veterinarian friend will let us use his Tono-Pen to check Barry's eye pressures but we can't get that until next week.

Question for our friends here ...... Would you think it cruel to subject Barry to a life time of captivity and getting caught multiple times a day to have his eye medicated? Maybe he just needs more time to adjust but still ..... I do not want to make his time on Earth a miserable and frightening experience.

PLEASE just smack me if I am over reacting!

Right now he's singing as happily as can be. From a non-scientific data type of observation I'd say that means he is more comfortable with the three times a day schedule. The last two days also we noticed Olive was very quiet too. Did she know Barry was in pain? Did he tell her something? Is she just madly in love with him? Right now she too is merrily chattering away.

Just thinkin' out loud here .......

* Maybe he needs the drops 3 times a day longer before we start to cut back?
* Maybe we gradually go down with an alternating 2x/day - 3x/day schedule?
* Maybe I am insane and over reacting and Barry is fine on 2x / day?

I am *really* hating this rollercoaster ride!

We'd *never* end Barry's life because of his eye problem. He's too precious! We would consider ending his pain permanently with the removal of the eye if he tells us he doesn't want to be caught multiple times a day forever ... knowing he would be in jail forever after that decision.

For now .... Barry sings his sweet song and we'll give him the drops three times a day. Next week when we get the Tono-Pen we can measure his eye pressures when he's on the drops two times a day and hopefully have the data to back-up my insanity plea.

Whatcha all think? Sound reasonable? Other suggestions? This is too complex for my little Chickadee brain.


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Sat, May 17, 08 at 9:46

Ok, first of all, you're not insane or unreasonable, Chicka. You're human, and believe it or not, most of think like you do. Scary, huh? :D

Now, if it were me, and Barry stopped singing after I cut his meds down, I would think it probably better than coincidence. I would up it again for a week...or maybe less, if things seem better. Then try the gradual, alternating thing.

There obviously aren't any books written just for Barry's issue, so knowing the person you are, I say go with your gut instinct on this.

As for the lifetime of meds (and getting caught and handled so often)....as much as it would pain me, I think I'd opt for the eye removal...IF it comes to that. The way I think of it, either way, he's going to be captive forever, so why put him through the extra trauma? Especially if the eye removal won't cause him any lifelong pain and/or suffering....compared to getting fondled frequently. :D

Just my 2 bits!

Brenda


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Your instincts have been right on target to far ... maybe he just needs more time on the meds? I know I'm not ready to give up on him yet either! I hope he gets to follow Mr. Red to the big outside world, but if not, I hope he serenades you for a long time.


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Hi Brenda and Jean. Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. :-)

You're right. We are writing Barry's book here as we go along. So many times we thought it would be a short story now it has sequel after sequel. Gonna become Barry Potter!

The *very* last thing we would consider ... months down the road ... IF needed ... would be removal of his painful eye if the pressure does not stay down with a lower meds schedule. The vet friend generously said we could borrow the Tono-Pen to help Barry. He too is not an ophthalmologist so has had little need for this big bucks instrument on a daily basis. How nice is that?

We do want Barry to go out and be poopy in the great outdoors like Mr. Cardinal. (I hear chickies in Mr. C's nest!) If that is not to be then at the very least he must be pain free! Getting caught three times a day is a pain for him, I'm sure. If that would be his future ... then at the least he should be able to fly free in the aviary with our other inmates and not have to be annoyed with getting caught all the time. Maybe the Nature Center would consider taking him then? Maybe they'd have a Mrs. Barry for him? :-)

Tiny one legged Mr. Junco sang for us for a little more than 7 years. I don't know how old he was when we got him. I don't know how old Barry is either but we hope he'll have a long and happy life somehow!

Ya know? I have never ever ever been on a rollercoaster! We have Cedar Point, a huge amusement park down the road in Sandusky that has a bazillion and a half coasters. No way would I ever get on one. I know I'd first puke all over what ever unfortunate soul is seated in front of me and then I'd have a major heart attack and not even be around for the whole ride! :-)

Barry sings this morning. All right! Let's Roll!

Thanks again for your help!

C3D (honestly IS bloodshot and insane)


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Sun, May 18, 08 at 10:02

YEAH, let's ROLL, baby!! That's the spirit! Woohoo!

Yep, on the roller coaster thing. Except I'd puke all over the poor person beHIND me....under(?) me...5 rows in front...It's one of those loop-de-doo ones, you know. LOL *HOY!*

LMAO!!! @ Barry Potter!! Yer a wizard, Barry!!

Brenda


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C3D, Went back and read from the beginning. On April l9th, you said he was singing his sweet songs. Do you think maybe he is in more pain than he was at that time, and that would keep him from singing now? Or maybe he just didn't want to sing. Is the singing different now than it was then? You know tons more than I do so continue what you are and have been doing and I believe he and you will both come out for the better. Just continue to keep us on the roller coaster with you and Barry. Glenda


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Hi Glenda. Thanks for your thoughts on this problem.

I don't know why he stopped singing. Two days after he started on the three times a day schedule with the new medicine Barry was a non-stop singing happy Camper. When the medication was cut back ... he stopped his singing two days later.

I don't know what's going on. We're just going by what Barry seems to be telling us. He's singing right now! :-)

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C3D,If he's singing, he has to be happy and comfy, I think. I know it is frustrating when it takes so long to figure things out. Cupla days with this, Cupla days with that to see what works better makes for a long time. I have never been a patient person. However I think you have the patience of Job or you couldn't do what you do. Glenda


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I am patient and know that body parts take time to heal. If ya think about it ... Tiny bird VS huge speeding car. He's lucky he wasn't made part of the pavement. If it was a person who was in a car accident it may take close to a year to recover. I can't rush his healing but do get frustrated that we have set-backs.

Barry has been singing and today's eye pressures were both 25! Hooray! He gets the drops three times a day. Tomorrow we'll do it twice a day and measure his eye pressure. We'll repeat the same the next day and figure out if his singing and apparant happiness / comfort really does have anything to do with the eye pressure. Or just confirm I am insane. :-)


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Good News. And we know you are not insane, and I'm anxiously awaiting you're telling us he is still singing at the top of his lungs after decreasing the drops. Glenda


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But we love your insanity ... and Barry, Olive, Mr. Cardinal, Kramer, Daisy and the list goes on!


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Wed, May 21, 08 at 9:12

Sanity is highly overrated. LOL

I have a Barry cheer all worked out. I've been practicing it on Pookie the kitty. She's not amused. It's truly a shame I don't have DSL for uploading video. :D

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Oooooooo! A Barry cheer? I'll pay for the DSL. LOL! :-)

Kitties are *rarely* amused, or at least they don't show it. It's ALL a secret, like find where I puked. A kitty thing.


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Hey, Barry it's time for a little news from you. How are you doing?? We're missing you. And we need to hear from Olive also.. Glenda


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Hi Glenda.

It's basically the same routine for me these days. I start singing around 4:00 AM after having some worms. Those waxworms are very tasty and go down really well with raspberries, blueberries and cherries.

The worms have been changed. Nightcrawlers had more of an entertainment factor when the humans would find them in the carpet. Especially the smaller one. I loved seeing her hair stand on end! Now I have the smaller red worms. While they are easier to toss out and I can fling them farther they just don't create that same surprise reaction as did the nightcrawlers.

I think Olive has tired of me somewhat. After three to four hours of morning song she tells me ALL RIGHT! ALL RIGHT! ALL RIGHT, SWEETHEART! She is still polite about it and does come over to visit as does the speckled fellow, Kramer.

Unfortunately the humans have not tired of me. They annoy me several times daily. I am caught, some cold eye drops are given to me, I get a neck or head scratch and then released again. (I do like the neck scratching part but don't let them know.) For some odd reason I feel better when the humans annoy me more often. Don't get me wrong. I *hate* being caught! I am still a wild bird but have grown to tolerate the intrusion into my routine.

Sing. Eat. Sing. Nap at around 1:00 then eat some more, toss some worms to repopulate the carpet and sing until dark. Pooping ALL the time.

I heard the humans discussing my imprisonment and think the parole board will not authorize a release yet but I remain hopeful that they will see I have been a model prisoner. I haven't pooped on the jailers ~that much~. Seems we are in a hold pattern for a release date.

I demand a lawyer! I've done my time and not even a crime!

If the glove don't fit, you must acquit!

~Barry


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Oh Barry, you just keep improving and I know the human with the hair standing on end will let you go free. I don't know if you will be able to get Raspberries, Blueberries and Cherries as easily when you go free. Your human loves you very much to feed you those, especially the cherries. Do you know I saw some in the grocery store a few days ago that were $7.98 a pound. You are one lucky bird. So take advantage while you can. Glenda


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C3D will you adopt me??? Please???? I promise NOT to sing!!


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Isn't the price of cherries crazy? A little handful is around $5.00. Grapes isn't much better or any of the berries. Cherries is Barry's favourite though. But the poor guy! He's in prison so the very least we can do is make his time here more comfortable.

The way to a Robin's heart is through his tummy.

C'mon down, Miss Jean. There's room for you too! :-)


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I would do the same thing. My animals are treated the way I would want to be treated. If it is good enough for us then it is good for our animals. Glenda


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Tue, Jun 3, 08 at 9:45

I'm picturing Jean pooping in the aviary...LOL!!

Barry, you are SUCH a good boy! You are loved by many, and we're all hoping you improve enough to know the freedom you once had. If not, you will be treated like the prince you are for the rest of your life, though. Hang in there, dude.

LOL @ Olive!

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The Barry boy update:

The pressure in both eyes is 23 this morning. He's gotten the drops only once a day for 3 days. The last time he got them was 24 hours ago.

He *NAILED* my finger from the left side too this morning!

:-)

When we get brave enough we'll try an every other day for the medication and keep our fingers crossed.

(Have another birdy story in the works as we speak.)

C3D with too many things to do ...


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Thu, Jun 5, 08 at 10:34

Yer a wizard, Barry!! Ohhh, lordy, this is nerve-wracking!

All my stuff is crossed here, Chicka! Can't wait for more stories, as always. :D

Brenda


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I'm all crossed too! Go Barry Go!

I hope I don't jinx anything here but I have a good feeling about this!

More stories????? C3D, do you ever get a break??


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C3D, do you ever get a break??

NO!

Her name is Bea. Short for Beautiful. Right now her story is both tragic and triumphant but likely will always remain ...


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OOH, can't wait to hear about Bea. You're leaving us in suspense.. I'm really wanting to hear the triumphant part. Glenda


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Haven't popped in here to check on Barry for a while. So glad to hear he's getting better 'n better!
Wishing you continued good luck with the PRETTY BOY! S


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C'mon Mother Nurture (C3D):

We've all got our listening ears on for Bea.

I am waiting with baited breath to hear how Barry is doing. Has the pressure in his eye improved? Is he going to be released soon? You are truly a blessing to Mother Nature. I check the forum every day just to see what's happening at Camp Nappy. I love to hear your stories.

Don't hold us in suspense anymore. We want to hear about Bea and Barry.

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Barry is still doin' OK. Eye pressures remain normal at the once a day schedule. We're going to try for an every other day schedule for the eye drops next.

Little Bea? She's still in ICU but improving. Camp Nappy has had to consult our special team of people local, across the country and Internationally about her condition. Maybe next week when her condition is more stabilized we'll take you on another roller coaster ride ..... :-)


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She just died. She had a seizure, gasped for breath for maybe 30 seconds ... I held her ... gave her a kiss on the head and told her it was OK to leave her darkness. And then she was gone. Bea went toward the Light ........


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So sorry to hear Bea didn't make it. But all your sucesses outweigh your failures. Look at Barry and crew. There must have been a need in Heaven for little Bea. Keep your chin up, you do great work Mother Nurture.

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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Tue, Jun 10, 08 at 9:42

That truly breaks my heart about Bea, Chicka! I don't know HOW, but she knew where to find you for the final leg of her journey, though.

She's now on a scenic backroad, just beyond the rainbow, and she can SEE more clearly than ever!! *sniffle*

Brenda


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I am so glad Barry is doing so well. So sorry about Bea though. At least she is flying free now.


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I'm sorry that Bea wasn't able to stay around to get your good doctoring and Barry didn't get to share his berries and cherries with her. But I'm sure she is not hurting now. What kind of bird was she and how did you get her? Glenda


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Oh, I'm so sorry Chickie, I know you wanted what was best for her. The decision was made by a force much wiser than all of us. Rest in Peace little Bea.


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Barry is doing well with the every other day schedule. Both eyes remain at 23 as a pressure reading. :-) He's still singing and enjoying his room service.

Olive is ... enamored by his Barryness. Her actions around him lately are, uhhhh, XXX rated! I'm surprised she hasn't asked for a red light bulb!

~~>insertblushinginshamenotinfrontofthechildrensmileyhere<~~

Barry will get an evaluation by the ophthalmologist next week.


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Wed, Jun 18, 08 at 11:00

LOL!!! @ Olive! Well, a lady's gotta do what a lady's gotta do, I guess. Personally, after reading all of the descriptions of Barry, I don't blame her. He's a stud muffin! LOL!!

SO glad to hear he's holding strong with the eye pressure readings! Woohoo!!

Brenda


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LOL at Olive! I wonder what their offspring would look like! Gee, I don't remember seeing Olive's picture - did I miss that one???? (hint, hint)

WOnderful news about Barry!

I keep meaning to ask you about the cherries you serve, do you cut them up or serve ala seed??


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LOL! Olive *really* needs a date!!!!!!!!!!!! Hmmmmmm. Maybe we should look for a Mr. Oliver?!?!? On the other hand ... do we ~need~ more babies? NOPE!

Barry get his fruits chopped up. It's easier to swallow that way plus there is less waste. If the grapes, apricots, banana, mango, peaches, melon, strawberries and cherries are left whole (and sometimes the blueberries) they are tossed aside and not eaten. The raspberries and blackberries are left whole as they are easily broken apart. Miss Olive gets her cherries, grapes, strawberries and blueberries whole. Her apples and pears are cut into slices.

Daisy (the Blue Jay) and Bub (the Grackle) and Kramer (the Starling) ((and the Sugar Gliders)) get their food chopped up like we do for Barry. Didja ever see one of those ~behind the scenes~ episodes of a zoo .... where there are bowls and bowls of assorted fruits and stuff? That's US every day. LOL! :-)

You have not met Olive? Well here she is.....


Here's the whole official welcoming committee.....


Olive, Kramer and Baby Cheeky ... the deranged Ring-necked Dove. LOL!!!!!!

OMG! We are really abnormal!!! x 13!


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Fri, Jun 20, 08 at 14:31

You guys are my heros!! I've always wanted to be one of those behind the scenes people, who not only get to (have to?) prepare the food, but they get to feed the animals, too! Of course, I always wanted to be Dr. Doolittle, too, so....yeah, I'm not right in the head. LOL

Big ol' smooches for Olive & Co.! I didn't know you had a blue jay, too!!! Daisy? Where have I heard that name before....? :D

Brenda


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Daisy, the BJ, was here for a year or more before Daisy, the one and only crazy doggy appeared. The BJ was named that when we got her. But that's yet another story. LOL!


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OY!!! A Barry boy update ... :-)

FINALLY SOME GOOD NEWS!!!

I took Barry to the ophthalmologist today. We have not given him the eye drops for 5 days and thought it best to have a proper evaluation.

Barry has NORMAL light reflexes in both eyes. :-)

The edema / swelling / blood in his left eye have resolved. :-)

Both eyes appear 113% normal. :-)

Most importantly is the pressure in the right eye is 22 and in the left is 28! :-) The pressure in the left was slightly higher due to the stress of being held. In reality the pressure is likely about 5 points lower.

Barry doesn't need the eye drops any more. :-)

~~~> Now the downside ... The only thing preventing his release is his tail feathers have not grown back. He lost them at the beginning of the last eye exam when the assistant accidentally did a tail-pull. (At least it wasn't me! LOL!) The lack of growth may be due to the medication or may be a species variation where we need to wait for his normal moult before the tail grows in.

Either way ... Barry is now released into our large free flight area (23 ft. x 9 ft. x 10 ft.) and can regain his flight strength and hopefully his feathers.

And to think the ophthalmologist had suggested to kill him some months earlier because of his eye injury! Eeeeeeekkkkkkkkk!!!!!!

I'll letcha know how the tail situation progresses. It's just a matter of time now for our dear little Barry.

C with 3Ds and a Happy Barry!


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Very, Very Good News indeed. Bet he will love the free flight area. All that loving care paid off for Dear Barry. Glenda


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LOL Glenda.

Wish we knew how to post a video of Barry bouncing around and singing at his new limited freedom. He is very much a happy Nappy Camper. Frustrated though because he can't go free yet. He doesn't / can't gain altitude because his tail is missing. Yes he and we are enjoying his next step to freedom. :-) x 13!


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Sun, Jul 13, 08 at 11:09

Oh, that is SUCH wonderful news, Chicka, hostess extraordinaire of Camp Nappy!!! I wish I could give Barry some of my extra tail. :D

Would love to see Barry bouncing around the large flight area!! I'm just so happy for him!!! And I'm so thankful you didn't give up on him! :) X 13.

Brenda


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You've done it again Miss Chicky ... and Barry too of course. What a great day for all at Camp Nappy! I hope he gets his tail back in time for the big migration so he can join his fellow robin-airs!

I don't know how I missed the pictures of Olive ... but what a fine looking lady! Love the head "tilt" - I can just imagine her winking at all the "pretty boys"!!!!


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Well ... Lemme tell you I was *thoroughly* interrogated by Miss Olive.

Where the pretty birdy?

~He's fine. He's in the flight area.~

OoooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooo! WHERE THE BIRDY?!?!

~He's with Bub.~

Bub! Bub! Bub!

~If you *need* to see Barry, I'll take you for a visit.~

You are? OooooooooooooOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooo! Pretty Birdy, Sweetheart!

LOL! I knew she was in lust with Barry but now I know ... He's her Sweetheart! :-)

So Olive went for a visit and screamed at him: WHERE WEEEEEEEERRRRRRRE YOU????????HiiiiIIIIIIIIIiiiiiiiii! Hi Sweetheart! Followed by the sound of kisses being given. She seemed *very* happy to see Barry and be re-assured that he hasn't left her. We'll try to explain the facts of life / wildlife to her in the coming days.


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Mon, Jul 14, 08 at 7:59

LOL!!!! Oh, MAN, I love Olive! The sound of kisses! So sweet.

Hey, message #112 here. You should get the honor of posting message #113, Chicka! :D

Brenda


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Hiya Brenda.

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm. You found the ~13~ connection thingy didn't you? :-)

Mike was laughing when Olive scolded Barry for not coming home! I thought ... Awwww. Poor Barry. Here he thought he was free of his huge green significant other. LOL!

DANG! She found me!

((In spite of what Olive may have wanted ... it wasn't a conjugal visit.))


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Tue, Jul 15, 08 at 8:29

That's hilarious!! It's like one of those nightmare relationships for Barry. Are there stalking laws in Ohio? :D

I can see Olive's take on it, though. Barry's worth stalking, even if she can't get no satisfaction. LOL

Any new eggs lately? :D

Brenda


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I don't see any sign of tail feathers yet. :-(

Barry and Bub and getting along fine. There were 12 Robins on the patio this morning. I felt so sorry that Barry couldn't go out any join them yet but promised him that he WILL be leaving just as soon as his tail grows back.

Barry has been singing all day today. The first time since he moved into the free flight. :-)


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Really, really good for the heart, bird or human. Thanks for sharing, Chickie. Sandy


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Oops. Sorry Brenda. Forgot to answer your question. No more eggs from Olive. She seems content paying a visit to Barry's place once or twice a day. I don't know if there's anti-stalker laws here. If not they should make some guidelines and name it Barry's Law. :-)

We *always* have dove eggs (Ring neck doves) and the Orange Weaver Finches may start nesting next month. The Cockateils had another clutch of eggs but somehow the eggs were damaged during the changing of the guard for incubation. I think they've decided to give it a rest for now.

Hi Sandy. Howz things with you?


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Sun, Jul 20, 08 at 10:53

Barry, no pressure or anything, but maybe give a good squeeze or something, get those tail feathers going. You're almost there, dude! Just one more hurdle...just one more...

LOL!! @ Barry's Law! I'm so glad Olive gets to visit him daily. As much as he probably hates to admit it, he's going to miss that gorgeous dame when he's gone, I just know it. There's Something About Olive!

Brenda


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Can you believe it? More good news from this side.

Barry is molting. He's looking rather scruffy and moth-eaten at the moment but hopefully he'll be covered with bright new feathers and be on his way with his friends soon. I don't know how long a Robin's molt takes but will keep an eye on his progress and perhaps we can refrain from putting Rogaine on his rump. :-O


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LOL...Rogaine...haha! But good news! Can we have a photo of the molted/molting (or is that molten?) Barry?

Has Olive noticed the 'change'?

:) Sarah


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Thats great news! When he is ready to go south, send him my way and I will be sure he gets his cherries!

I noticed tonight that the titmice are also molting ... unfortunately that means summer is almost over :^(


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Olive loves her Barry-boy-toy no matter how he looks on the outside. HiiiiiiIIIIIIIIIIIIIiiiiiiiiii Sweetheart! How you doing? *kisses!!!!!* She loves him for who he is on the inside. :-)

I think Barry will miss his green girl friend too ... although he'll likely be haunted by dreams of her for years.

I'll try to get a decent photo of the molten Barry. He IS a wild bird and is very anxious to get away from people. When we're around he's an almost constant moving target.

Barry loves his cherries and blueberries. The little dried up cranberries that are in some seed mixes are great too. Don't forget the bowl of worms and waxworms too when Barry stops by your home, Jean.

Barry arrives at Jean's home and is instantly recognized from his mug shots. Knowing the secret code words Jean runs outside with the all too familiar green greeting of:

"Wheeeerrrrrreeeeeee weeeerrrrreeeeee youuuuuuuuuuu?????????"

:-)


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How is Mr. Barry doing? Is he getting his tail feathers in?

Inquiring minds want to know!


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Mr. Barry was caught on Sunday to see the progress. NO SIGN of butt feather growth! :-(

We'll give him some more time before we purchase Rogaine.


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Do you know if the tail feathers are the last to molt? I couldn't find anything on it. Heres a dumb question - are you serious about the Rogaine????


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A friend of mine says it can take a full two months for the molt to be complete in a Robin. I don't know where the tail regrowth fits in the schedule.

To use a dab of Rogaine is just a joke. We'd never use something in or on Barry that has not been proven safe. Sorry that point wasn't more clear.

Some of the other inmates are begining their molt too.

Feather covered me


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Tue, Aug 12, 08 at 11:30

Barry, I have a bunch of barn owl feathers I've collected from the yard (from "my" babies before they deserted me!). I would be happy to send them to you, in case you need backup. :D

Brenda


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Oh dear C3D, I didn't mean to suggest you would ever do anything that would be harmful, I know better than that! I'm just always amazed at some of the human treatments that are used on birds and animals so I thought maybe rogaine worked on feathers too! Heck I don't even know if it works on humans!

Jean - the medically challenged!


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Oy, Miss Jean! That didn't come out as intended. Sorry! The Rogaine is a joke and we sure don't know if it would work. We sure don't need to give another inmate treatments here. The Pilocarpine eye drops never stated as a side effect that rump feathers would not re-grow either. Go figure. LOL! We're not even sure that's why his feathers have not re-grown. Time will tell I guess. :-)

Brenda, thanks for the Marvin family feathers offer. At one of the wildlife rehab thingies I went to ... I did learn the art of imping where one actually grafts a new feather onto the shaft of a broken wing or tail feather ... usually a Raptor. Red Wing Hawk to Red Wing Hawk, Great Horned Owl to GH Owl and so on. I know many rehab places will save road-kill raptors or others who have died to have a source of feathers to replace for those more fortunate.

Problem with Barry is he has no feather shafts in his rump to attach a new feather. Their feather shafts are different from Raptors in that they have no barbs to hold them firmly in the skin. The songbird feathers are designed for a quick release if a kitty (or Daisy) should pounce on them. Their chances for escape are better.

I'd need to jab the feathers into Barry's bottom like sticking needles into a pin cushion! YIKES! x 13! Maybe we could fashion a butt toupe? Olive is molting and I'm sure she'd love Barry to wear her feathers! LOL!

Migraine Me


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Wed, Aug 13, 08 at 10:56

LOL!! Hey, that's cool about the feather grafts, though! Obviously, not an option for Barry....however, the buttdress (a la Sitting Bull, only BUTTer) just might work! Barry Tatonka, here we come.

Brenda


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Hi I just wandered in and fell in love with the Barry story. C3D you are quite the writer! I just wanted to tell you that if your digital camera takes movies (most all of them do) you can download the clip to your computer and then post it on You tube for free. http://www.youtube.com/, I'm not an expert but did manage to put a few up and if I can do it you for sure can. I would LOVE to see videos of your critters....Especially Olive talking! Can't seem to embed the video on here but you can put a link to it, I included mine just to make sure it works (please excuse quality as I said I AM not good at it)...LOL Cudos for your fantasic work with these wonderful animals.
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Oh My God!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I caught Barry not 10 minutes ago and ... Our dearest Barry has his tail feathers growing back in!!!!!!!!!!!

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I honestly have tears of joy streaming down my face as I type this!!!!!!

Will they be back in time for an Autumn release? I don't know but ...... at least we now know Barry will eventually be homeward / wild-ish bound!


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Awe, that is the bestest news ever. Hope whatever is best for Barry happens. You have certainly done well by him. He couldn't have in better hsnds. Glenda


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  • Posted by youreit z9b CA Sunset z8-9 (My Page) on
    Sun, Sep 14, 08 at 9:49

WOOHOO!!! *happy tears here, too!!!* I'm SO happy for you all!!! I knew you could do it, Barry, you little stud muffin!

Oh, man, I can imagine how the tears are going to flow on the day of his release....

Brenda


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That is fantastic news! It's been a long haul for poor Barry. But I would think he will make it for the fall migration - the robins haven't even started flocking here and even then they will be around for quite sometime.


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Awwww. Barry, so glad you don't have to wear a "Butt Rug"!


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Barry:

You go boy!!!!!!!!

Jenny


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I know this doesn't look like much but it is the start of Barry's freedom! His tail feathers are growing slowly but surely! Photo was taken this afternoon (Sunday). All of him is looking a bit scruffy as his moult continues.


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I never thought I'd think that a robin's tail feathers could be so BEAUTIFUL!


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Our Barry-boy doesn't seem distressed about being here ... unless I'm trying to catch him to photograph his rump. LOL! He seems very content at our Birdy Bed and Breakfast. I'm more concerned about him being able to leave before it gets too cold. Some migrate south and some don't but either way it would be nice for him to have some good weather time outside to adjust to freedom again.

Since he isn't overly anxious to leave we'll see how quickly his feathers come in and take it from there. We certainly won't attempt to rush a release and have him in trouble again. We'll try to do what is in his best interest and safety. We never celebrated Christmas with a Robin. Maybe this year .......... ?

But ... at least we KNOW he will one day go free. The time is up to him and God. They know what is best for our dear long time guest.

I guess you don't recommend I give a ~gentle~ tug on the feathers to get them to grow faster? Eeeeeekkkkkk!

Kidding. Just kidding! :-)

Letcha know how our Barry-boy progresses.


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NO NO, no tugs.LOL Maybe a little more Rogaine though. Or some Ivory Soap..Well that's another story. Glenda


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My case has gone before the Parole Board today.

I have been a model prisoner. Led an exemplary inmate life. No screaming. No banging of ration bowls. No fighting with the other inmates. Nothing.

My tail feathers were gone but it was NOT my fault! Can I help it that my manliness ... my high testosterone levels gave me temporary male rump baldness? The visits from my green other half sufficiently suppressed the testosterone so my tail did start to re-grow.

Alas it was too little. Too late.

PAROLE DENIED

I have been imprisoned since April and now it is October. The Parole Board unanimously think I may not have the time to acclimate to freedom before the real Ohio weather hits. I would be susceptible to pneumonia with the cold weather and rain abruptly hitting my system after being pampered, uhh ... I mean ... kept in confinement all these months. The fear is I would immediately violate the terms of parole and I would be imprisoned almost immediately.

There will be another Parole Board hearing in the Spring, when the skies are sunny, the winds are calm, the temperature is warmer, the relatives are abundant and the worms are nearer the surface. Until then I remain at the Camp Nappy Compound.

CRAP!

The worms will make a break for it tonight. I will help them get as far as they can to the door. Crawl free nightcrawler. (*FLING*) Crawl free! (*FLING!*)(*FLING!*)

The smaller human will have her hair standing on end tomorrow morning. I *love it* when she does that!

HeeeeHeeeeeHeeeeeeeeeee! Captivity isn't so bad after all.

Barry


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Well, Barry Boy the Warden..I mean parole board does know best. I wouldn't be surprised if the green other half didn't have something to do with this also. Now you get to spend those cold winter days in a warm invironment and we all get to hear more Barry stories to keep us occupied all winter. And in the spring when the Red Red Robins come bob, bob, bobbing along, you will get your freedom. So until then be sure to keep us intertained with your life at Camp Nappy adventures.


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Hi Glenda.

Yeah ... We suspected that Barry-boy missed the boat with the late tail re-growth. The avian specialist also thinks at this point he's just better off hanging out inside with us rather than risking the weather and getting sick with pneumonia. Then, if we were lucky ... we would find a very sick Barry outside, try to recapture him and bring him back to health and release in the Spring.

We all decided to just skip that nasty middle ~getting very sick~ part of the scenerio and just keep him until Spring. I told Miss Olive that we will be keeping Barry until Spring.

You ARE?!?!? *kisses* *kisses* *kisses* Where the birdy? Where the Sweetheart? *kisses* *kisses* *kisses*

Christmas with Barry. I know what (who!) Olive wants as a present! LOL!!!

~~~~> I haven't gone out to Barry's place yet. So my hair isn't standing on end as I encounter nightcrawlers crawling around. Yet. Ewwwwww!


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Barry are you throwing the worms around because you'd rather have your cherries and blueberries and they are hard to come by this time of the year? Or are you just trying to have a little fun? What are your winter time ideal fruits and food besides the worms? Glenda


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Hello Glenda.

Regarding the nightcrawlers, the best and tastiest ones, I find, are always on the bottom. I need to clear out the crowd to get to these more choice morsels. Having an enjoyable game of worm-toss breaks up the monotony of not having to dodge cats or be on the look-out for hawks. We do have toys, like several lattice balls with a bell inside each one. After a good feed, and poop, Bub and I will have a few rounds with the bells or some of the gifts Olive gave us.

The Red Robin Cross has ensured that I am getting cherries daily. The daily rations change but cherries and blueberries are always provided. Cherries, blueberries, strawberries, cactus fruit (YUMMY treat), raspberries, pear, apples, assortment of grape varieties, apricot, banana, plum, peaches, watermelon, honeydew melon. There has also been several offerings of the fruit from the Mountain Ash tree, crabapples and when available holly berries. Bean sprouts and alfalfa sprouts sometimes garnish the rations.

The cooked pasta dishes are very welcome. (Did I say that?) It is a mix of pastas, cookd veggies and fruit that is also provided for Olive and the other captives. Krazy Korn I believe is the product. There is another warm cereal mix that Bub enjoys eating but I find it a pleasant foot warmer.

The mealworms and wax worms seem to be of equal quality and one doesn't need to get to the ones on the bottom first. They are all delicious and placed in several ration bowls so we all get our fill without competition.

Olive mentioned I was looking a little round a while ago but since I have been working out I have trimmed up a little and am looking good. She even whistled the other day when she saw me. She is quite the hen! I have told her a match between up would not work but she has her hopes.

Gotta go and throw some worms out. The small human should be here soon.

Thanks for your concern, Glenda. Are you with the Red Cross or the Red Robin Cross?

Barry


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Is Red Robin Cross like the Red Cross? Glenda


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Yes. Bird Division. :-)


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How does one become a member of the Red Robin Cross? Glenda


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Hi Glenda.

You need to become deranged like me and think up odd things to post like me. The Robin Red Cross exists only in my tiny Chickadeex3 brain cell. :-)

Guess that make it the end of this thread. See y'all with updates whenever.

C3D and Barry-boy


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