We took in a new bird today. An itty bitty little Pacific Parrotlet. He is going by the name Sunny because of his bright and cheery personality. He's been talking and chirping to us since we all got home.
Sunny came from a private owner who got him for their son. They said they were his third home and that they knew he wasn't in the best health but wanted to do everything they could to make him better. They tried for an year to get him on a healthy diet and soon discovered that he had deeper issues than malnutrition. His beak had to be trimmed every few months due to overgrowth. They finally decided that Sunny needed more help than they could give him. They contacted Animal Wonders and asked if we could help their little friend.
Sunny has been groomed, trimmed, filed, and set up. He will receive a shower tomorrow followed by more grooming and hopefully the transition to a completely pelleted diet will begin. He will take a trip to the vet and we will discuss the reason for the dark coloration in the quick of his beak. There's a possibility of bacterial or fungal infection, if that's the case we would need to deal with that asap. The other possibility is poor breeding, maybe inbreeding. His beak is not shaped properly, but that could be nutritional. Whatever is wrong with him, we will do our best to get him back on the right path!