Sunny visited the vet today and we're hoping the only culprit that he's battling against is poor nutrition. We tested him for other common ailments and found him negative for anything contagious. Sunny will remain in Quarantine for 30 days and if he shows no signs of illness he will join the flock and find a new friend and companion. We don't know who that will be yet, may times friendships take us by surprise.
We also believe he is struggling with is malformation. His parents could have had poor nutrition, or he was handfed improperly when he was young, or he came from unhealthy genetics. Whatever he's been through we're happy that his owners tried their best to give him what he needed. It's always a sad story when a loving family takes in an animal that needs special care and the "seller" doesn't give the new owners the proper information to make it a happy healthy environment for all involved.
For now, Sunny will undergo a complete change in his diet to make sure he's getting all the nutrients he needs to grow beautiful healthy feathers, a strong clear shiny beak, smooth feet and toe scales, and gets the twinkle back in his eyes. This will take time and energy and a lot of patience, but we're up to the challenge! He seems to have settled in quite quickly and even enjoys stepping up on our fingers and exploring the furniture and plants in his room. Today Sunny has been "laughing" like a tiny little munchkin and he's been muttering something we can't quite pick out. Let's see if we can get him to learn some cute little words!