Lovie in recovery
Lovie is struggling a bit the day after surgery. I personally know how it feels that day after... crappy. He's having to deal with the physical pain of having surgery on his beak as well as learning how to move about without the curve of his beak. He can't climb the bars on his enclosure and he can't pull himself onto a perch. He's already missing two toe nails so he has trouble gripping perches anyway. But once he gets a hold of a good perch he stays there. So we're hoping he adjusts quickly.
He's not eating, which isn't that surprising since he mostly eats seeds and it would hurt me to see him crack open a seed right now. Most birds will only eat their favorite foods when they are feeling under the weather, so Lovie isn't interested in much right now. Since he had lost weight before the surgery he was weak going in. My priority right now is to maintain Lovie's strength. Since he's not eating on his own I've been feeding him with a syringe (mashed up pellets, banana, and peanut butter, delicious!). Sometimes this can be hard to do with an adult bird, but Lovie is so sweet and gentle that he's taken to it with resignation. As long as he keeps his strength he should start eating on his own again soon. So until then, Lovie will get fed his mush 3-4 times a day.
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